14 tips to pack your suitcase like a professional

Take note of these tips to pack your suitcase and leave for a quiet and light trip.

If you are never sure what to take when you go on a trip, what kind of suitcase is suitable or what is allowed or not in your carry-on luggage today you will leave doubts. At Skyscanner we know that packing can give you a lot of headaches , so we have prepared a good list of tips so you can get out of the house knowing that you have everything.

Keep reading and discover with us tricks to make the suitcase like a true professional.

1. Choose your ideal luggage format

Before starting to put things inside it is worth stopping to think what kind of luggage suits us for the trip we are going to make. Depending on the destination, the transports that we are going to use, the temperature that we will find, the restrictions of the airlines or our way of traveling, we will be more interested in one thing or another. So, if you do not plan to move too much from one place to another, it will be more practical to carry a common suitcase ; while if you think you vary a lot of destination, use different transport or walk through a little complicated places (mountains, beaches, steeper areas …) the most convenient thing is that you opt for a backpack .

In addition, it is also important that you consider the size. Think that the clothes for warm climates occupy less space than the one of winter , reason why if you go towards the summer it chooses a luggage less voluminous with which you are more comfortable. Finally, if the airline with which you are going to fly charges billing expenses , be sure to pack a suitcase or a backpack that meets the requirements that it indicates to take it in the cabin of the plane.

2. Make a good list

Sit and think about everything you need to take for this trip. It is much more practical to make a list of what you are going to wear than to walk like a madman from one side of the house to another taking things without stopping. One of the best tricks to make the suitcase like a professional is to do it calmly and with time in advance, so that you can buy things that you are going to specify and do not go crazy on the last day. Make that list and let it mature, surely a few days later you will come up with more necessary items. When you’re ready and you’re sure you’re not carrying too much, get down to work!

3. Create clothing sets

Once you have the list done, it’s time to reduce it a lot. We always tend to carry too muchand carry things that in the end we do not wear . To pack your suitcase well take what you wear normally, not what you would like to wear and that you always have cornered at the end of the drawer. Going comfortable is important and it is not the time to experiment. A good trick to do the luggage is to make sets of clothes, that is, to wear garments that combine with each other so you do not stop putting something because it does not match with the other clothes you wear. So, if you’re only going to travel a few days, you can do daily setsusing several articles several days. If it is a long trip, load with shirts, pants, dresses, skirts or shoes that can combine well between them. Also, think that laundries exist all over the world and that clothes can be washed and thus you will avoid going very heavy.

4. Build the puzzle well

One of the most important things to pack your suitcase like a professional is to place things well within the baggage you have chosen. In general, it is better to always put down the items that have more weight, such as pants, toiletry and shoes. Remember to put the footwear in individual bags to take advantage of the space and not stain the rest. Also, make everything fit much better and wrinkle less by rolling up all the tube-shaped garments. If you wear cashmere or silk items, place them at the top of the suitcase to avoid wrinkles, as do shirts, suits and evening dresses.

In the case that you carry a backpack, try to put what weighs more in the center of the backpack and distribute everything you need well so that there are no gaps and that you acquire an uncomfortable shape for your back. If you are going to be moving a lot, the most comfortable thing is that you leave the things that you will use more like the pajamas or the toiletry bag in the upper part of the backpack.

5. In the organization there is perfection

It is very likely that you are not in a single accommodation on your trip, so avoid having to pack your suitcase again and again taking everything organized. It is especially important in the case of backpacking trips, since in those cases finding something in particular is usually more difficult. Our expert advice is to use cloth bags that serve as compartments . In this way, if you need shirts you can remove this compartment knowing that there will be what you need. Do the same with underwear, accessory items such as chargers, plug adapters, etc. and thus avoid having to redo the luggage.

6. Wears the most voluminous

If your suitcase seems to explode or if you travel only with hand luggage, it is best to carry the most bulky with you while you are in the transport. You do not have to wear several clothes but, for example, if you go to a cold destination you could carry the coat outside and with the bigger shoes so that it does not occupy so much volume in the suitcase.
It never hurts, especially if you’re a shopping addict, leave some space in your luggage to carry something you can find along the way. So better avoid the moment of having to sit on the suitcase to close it, right?

7. Carry a couple of empty bags

Maybe you never thought about it but one of the key things when packing your suitcase is to carry at least a couple of empty plastic bags . One of them you can use it to carry dirty clothes and the others never come too much in the case of having wet clothes or shoes very stained for example.

8. Protects electronic items

If you travel with a laptop, camera, tablets, e-books or similar, you’ll want to pack your suitcase well if you do not want to end up destroying them. The best option is to get a suitable handbag or backpack for it and not bill these items on the plane. Thus, it is possible to find in the market specialized photography luggage that also includes compartments for padded laptops so that nothing can happen. If you have no choice but to bring some of them inside the checked suitcase remember to put them in the heart of the luggage, surrounded by clothes that can mitigate any impact.

9. Separate liquids well

Do not finish with your suitcase full of soap and protect well all the liquids that you are going to carry. If you are traveling with carry-on luggage, remember that they must be carried in individual containers with a capacity of less than 100 milliliters and in a transparent plastic bag with a capacity of less than one liter. You must show this bag when you pass the security control. In the case of billing them inside the luggage, remember to close them well(it would even be advisable to seal them with zeal) and take them in plastic bags so that they do not come off.

10. Your documents always with you

Remember that without documentation you do nothing, so protect it well and always carry it with you. An even better option to have it inside the hand luggage is to make a fanny pack or carry internal documents that allow you to hide your passport, national identity card and money from thieves.

11. Wear clothes “as far as it can go” in the suitcase

If you are worried about what may happen with your checked baggage, a good tip for carrying your suitcase is to carry essential items. A change of clothes, a small vanity case and the most valuable items should be put in the hand luggage.

12. Dress well

Maybe you go to a beach destination but it never hurts to wear a coat set for what may happen. On airplanes it is usually cold and the blanket of long flights may not be enough. In addition, in some areas of the world such as Southeast Asia the buses look like real freezers. Do not forget at the time of making the suitcase take with you warm clothes for this type of cases.

13. Think that “the world does not end”

In the same way that it is very important not to go too loaded, it is also not overwhelming when it comes to packing. Think that the world is full of stores, pharmacies and supermarkets where you can get what you have left at home.

14. Travel safely

When you have everything ready, do not stop thinking about security. Thus, it is important that you close your suitcase and that you do not forget to use a padlock so that nobody can open it while you do not have it in view. Some suitcases come with your own padlock but in others you will need to buy it. The best thing is that you get a code number so you do not have to think about where you put the key. Also, if you are going to make a long flight you may be interested in using the airport sealing services so that your luggage arrives intact.