How To Pack A Suitcase In Record Time

Berty and I are constantly on the go. Sometimes, we even have seasons during the year where we would come home from a trip, only to turn around and head right back out the door again. To prevent our house (and our sanity) from completely falling apart, we’ve learned the tricks of how to pack a suitcase in less than an hour.

If you find yourself a frequent traveler like us, or just don’t want to spend time packing (hey, we like Netflix too, we get it), keep reading. We’re sharing everything from tips to cutting excess weight, preparing toiletries ahead of time, and the tools we use to make organizing a breeze!

How To Pack A Suitcase In Record Time

1. Choose The Right Bag

This depends on how long you’ll be gone, and what airline you are traveling with. Always go online and check your airline’s baggage dimensions and weight before flying! Generally, for domestic flights we recommend a soft-cased duffel or backpack for easy carrying, and the ability to squish it into tight spaces if necessary. If it’s an international flight, we still like to travel with carry-ons but we opt for the four-wheeled ones like this one that hold a little more, but are still really easy to handle.

What we look for in Carry-ons:

  • Easy access laptop zipper/pouch.
  • Small outside pocket to store passport, ID, and money.
  • Shoulder strap as well as bag handles.
  • Inner pockets and zippers to separate items.

What we look for in Suitcases:

  • Four wheels (trust us, it’s a game changer).
  • Zipper compartments to separate each side.
  • Hard outside, but flexible under pressure.

2. Gather Clothing

  • Choose all possible outfit options. Pull out anything that you may want to pack and lay them out on the floor or bed. Try and keep all items in the same color scheme for ultimate mixing and matching.
  • Make serious cuts. Start off with setting aside your most wanted articles of clothing. Once you have picked half of the items laid out, stop and put the non-chosen pile away. Most of the time, you can get away with wearing things twice and doing laundry on your trip.
  • Pack no more than 3 pairs of shoes. General rules states that you should bring comfortable walking shoes, a nice pair for fancier occasions, and either sandals or boots, depending on the climate in your destination.

Read More: How To Avoid Overpacking

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3. Control Chaos With These Gadgets

Packing cubes, laundry bags, and cord organizers….these are just a few of the gadgets that are now essential to pretty much every trip we take.

Need to pack a suitcase fast? In this post, we're giving you tips on planning ahead and sharing the tools we use to get it done so we can focus on better things..like netflix. :) How To Pack A Suitcase - TheMandagies.com

4. Pack Essential Toiletries

Do you travel often? Create a fully-stocked toiletry bag equipped with all the essentials:

Buy an extra set of all these things and permanently keep them in your toiletry bag. This ensures that you are ready to simply grab it and go at a moment’s notice.


Need to pack a suitcase fast? In this post, we're giving you tips on planning ahead and sharing the tools we use to get it done so we can focus on better things..like netflix. :) How To Pack A Suitcase - TheMandagies.com

Do you have tricks on how to pack a suitcase? Leave some tips you have in the comments!

Destination Specific Adventure?
Read These Packing Lists!

Indonesia (Tropical Climates)

Peru (Mountain Regions)

Hawaii (Tropical Climate/Adventure)

Los Angeles (Warm Weather/City)

Carry-On Only (Light Travel)

Winter Destinations

Road Trip (Pack Your Car)

 

Need to pack a suitcase fast? In this post, we're giving you tips on planning ahead and sharing the tools we use to get it done so we can focus on better things..like netflix. :) How To Pack A Suitcase - TheMandagies.com

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