How to pack efficiently

Simple tips on how to maximize space and avoid common mistakes

When going on a trip, packing your suitcase can be quite an art form. Here are a few simple tips on how to pack efficiently, maximize space and avoid common mistakes.

Choose your luggage carefully

Choose the right kind of luggage for the trip you’re taking, taking into consideration how long you’re going for. The type of luggage you choose needs to be a perfect combination of size and luxury. Nobody wants to be lugging a heavy bag about!

Check the weather

Take a look at what the weather is going to be like where you’re going so that you can get a good idea of what exactly you will need.

Make a list

Get a clear idea of exactly what items you will need over specific amount of days you’re going away for. This will help you avoid overpacking and ensure that you don’t forget anything. Tick items off the list as you pack.


The most effective way to maximize space when packing clothes is to roll each item individually. Make sure to roll each item as tightly as possible. When deciding on what clothes to take with you, go for clothing items that can be worn in combination with one other and can be mixed and matched.

Don’t go crazy with too many bulky jackets. Pack a lightweight sweater or jacket that goes with everything. Lightweight down jackets are best because they don’t take up too much space and they’re super warm.


Only take shoes that you wear regularly and use the inside of your shoes as storage space for socks and any other small items.

Toiletries and cosmetics

When packing for a short trip, don’t take up space with bulky items. Try to get small travel size containers of each item you will need such as shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothpaste.

Important items

Have a separate section for important items such as your passport, cash, credit cards, documentation, boarding pass, phone and charger.


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Written by Taryn Hill

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