Every traveler at least once wondered: why does a suitcase seem so huge when you have to drag it around the station and so small when you have to squeeze your things into it? When packing a suitcase, there are features, taking into account which, you can make the process less painful. Here are some tips to help you.
Plan your trip in advance.
No matter how well you are able to make the most of the available space in your suitcase, if you don’t plan your trip ahead of time, you may end up carrying unnecessary items with you. Before you start packing, follow these steps:
You probably already have a general idea of the climate in the place you are going to, and when the time of the trip is approaching, check the weather forecast just to make sure what clothes to take.
Things at the destination.
Things like a hairdryer and toiletries take up a lot of space. If your hotel has a hairdryer, shampoo, slippers and other necessary accessories, it is logical not to take such things with you on the road.
Make a list.
Think about how much of each type of clothing you need, what you need to take from the little things. The list is especially helpful when it comes to little things like medicines and a toothbrush.
How to choose the right suitcase?
A suitcase greatly affects your travel comfort and the ease or complexity of packing it, so when you go shopping for a suitcase, keep the following in mind:
A broken suitcase zipper at the wrong time can significantly complicate the collection process. Therefore, when buying, trust trusted brands with a good reputation and solid quality guarantees.
Choose a lightweight suitcase. There are only advantages here: it will be easier to carry it, and if you are going to fly by plane, you will not have to pay extra at the airport for heavy luggage.
A hard, one-sided suitcase is good at protecting your belongings from damage, but it tends to be heavier and harder to fit into tight spaces and more difficult to pack. If your belongings do not need additional protection, take a lightweight suitcase with padded walls.
Tips for packing efficiently
Now that you’ve got your suitcase, it’s time to pack it. The following guidelines will help you make efficient use of most of the available space:
Place shoes and other heavy items next to the wheels. Stuff your shoes with socks or other small items.
Fold your clothes neatly, not haphazardly. The only exception is the case when you have too much space in your suitcase, and there are not many clothes, then you should fill the volume to the maximum.
Settle delicate items in the center, wrapping them in clothes if possible.
Place underwear and other small items of clothing on the sides.
Good organization will help you avoid a duel with your suitcase when it’s time to zip it up. Have a nice trip!