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A suitcase fully packed with clothing for vacation.How to pack for a trip is both a science and an art. You need to be able to both pack within restrictions and make sure you don’t forget anything. If you’re not careful, you may end up with a suitcase that’s too heavy to fly or have to buy necessities when you get to your destination. But with the following suitcase packing tips, you’ll be able to pack efficiently for any trip.

How to Pack a Suitcase Efficiently: 5 Tips

  1. Make a list.

A list will help you keep track of necessities and visualize which items you’re packing. It should only contain the items that are an absolute necessity. As you’re making the list, check the itinerary and weather for your destination, and pack one outfit that will be appropriate for each day. If you get stuck, try the 5-4-3-2-1 Rule: five sets of socks/underwear, four tops, three bottoms, 2 sets of shoes and one hat. Give yourself bonus points if you can mix and match outfits to cut down further. Then take your list with you so you don’t leave anything behind accidentally.

  1. Choose the right suitcase.

There are many different types of bags to pick from now: hard-shell rolling suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks, and even satchel-style bags. The bag you’ll want is often dependent on the length of the trip you’re taking. If you’re only going away for the weekend, you’ll probably only need a backpack. But if you’re planning a longer trip, a hard-shell suitcase is going to be more beneficial. Also keep in mind that if you’re planning on bringing your bag as a carryon, airlines including the wheels in the height of the bag. Finally, check the allowed bag weight for the airline you’re flying on – many of them have a 50 lb. restriction, but some have tighter guidelines.

  1. Pack things tightly.

Rolling your clothes helps to compress them so they take up less room. You can also use packing cubes to keep your outfits orderly. Use any excess space to your benefit: socks and other small items can be stuffed in shoes, and anything that doesn’t fit in the main section can be placed in outside pockets.

  1. Pack by weight.

The heaviest items (usually shoes, sweaters and jeans) should go on the bottom of the bag nearest the wheels. Softer, rolled clothes go on top, either by outfit or by type. If you have easily wrinkled items, slide them in a bag and lay it across the top.

  1. Wear your bulkiest items.

To cut down even further on what’s going in the bag, wear your bulkiest items such as coats during your travel day. Airlines don’t weigh what your wearing, so traveling in your heaviest items will cut down on bag weight and space.

Storing Items with Store Here while You’re Away from Home

For an extended trip, you may benefit from a storage unit rental. Whether you’re planning a semester abroad, or have taken the year off work to see the world, there’s no sense paying rent when you’ll be away for so long. Instead, you have the option of storing your belongings with storage units near you! If you’re in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois,  Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin, Store Here Self Storage is here to help. Our storage facilities have moving and packing supplies available for purchase so you can box up any items for while you’re gone. And once you’re back, your storage unit is the perfect place to keep excess holiday decorations, yard maintenance supplies and more. Find a storage unit near you today to start saving space!

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