Essential Packing Tips for Saving Space on Long Trips

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There are so many factors that go into planning a long trip, and when we’ve got big plans, the last thing we want to have to worry about is how we’ll fit everything into our luggage. Between weight limits, size restrictions, and hidden fees, packing can feel tricky, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned throughout all of our travels, it’s that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. With the right strategies, you can make the most of your luggage space and ensure you have everything you need for your journey. Read on for some of our best tips.

Roll, Don’t fold

For packing clothes, rolling them up instead of folding is one of the best ways to save valuable space. Start with larger items like jeans or sweaters and roll them tightly. Utilize gaps between rolled clothes for smaller items like socks and underwear. This will allow you to fit more items into your suitcase and will also minimize wrinkles.

Use Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are lightweight organizers that help keep your clothes compact and neatly separated. You can group similar items in separate cubes, such as shirts, pants, or undergarments, or pack entire outfits together. You’ll keep your suitcase tidy and be able to locate items quickly without rummaging through everything.

Stuff Your Shoes

Shoes often take up significant space in a suitcase. Make the most of this space by stuffing socks, belts, or small accessories inside your shoes. Fill any gaps or empty spaces in your luggage with rolled-up t-shirts or lightweight items. This prevents items from shifting during transit and maximizes the available space.