The measure of good travelers is how light they travel. With a bit of planning and few simple techniques, you will be able to pack your suitcase essentials into a standard carry-on.
On the other hand, nobody wants to arrive at the destination with wrinkled clothing and garments that have unwanted folds and creases on them. If you are one of those who don’t want to spend the days during a business travel or even a vacation looking like an untidy mess, then you should read this useful article on how to pack your suitcase for the next trip.
Over-packing for either a holiday or business trip is a rookie mistake. Have a day by day plan instead. Check the weather forecast before you start shoving stuff into a suitcase to make sure you are adequately prepared.
Pack two fewer shirts or blouses than the total number of days in the trip — save space by wearing the same outfit on the flight back as you did on the flight out. You might need a pair of pants or jeans for every other day, but you can also save two days worth of clothing by wearing the same pants that you’ve worn during the travelling. Don’t forget that laundromats exist in other towns as well, you can always run a load if you find yourself in a pinch!
Have at least one versatile classic dress that can be combined for both casual outfits and formal events. Two pairs of casual shoes and a pair of formal kicks, and you are good to go!
Rolling and Folding
Start by spreading out everything you think you might need, laying it out flat on your bed. Smooth everything out in a way to eliminate all wrinkles.
There are two ways of packing clothes into luggage: folding and rolling. Even though folded garments are less likely to wrinkle, they can take up more space. Rolled clothes will wrinkle if stored improperly, but take up less of the space as when folded.
Different clothes and materials require either method. Wrinkle-resistant fabrics like cotton and wool can all be rolled without any trouble — until the roll is kept tight. Starched garments and dressier clothes should be folded.
Pack as many socks and underwear into your shoes and bags as they will fit, then set them in the bottom of the suitcase. That is going to be the first layer of the luggage. On top of that, lay down a layer of heavier rolled items like sweaters and jeans — packing them in as tightly as possible. This won’t only minimize wasted space, but will also prevent them from unrolling.
All fragile items should be placed in the center of the suitcase, on top of the heavy-roll layer.
The next layer should be consisted of lighter rolled garments like t-shirts and blouses, also tightly packed to prevent the rolls from coming undone. On top of them, place the folded items. You can also put the more delicate ones in a dry cleaner bag in order to prevent wrinkling, and therefore make them accessible for unfolding and hanging upon arrival.
Put your toiletry bag on top of everything, and you're done.
Last But Not Least
Cover the pile with a dry-cleaning bag. The bag’s slippery surface may not let the clothes stay folded in one place long enough for creases to set though. You can place a bag between each layer of clothing by pulling the ends of the bag up, if you have more time. That way you can get to a certain layer easily.