When it comes to packing, believe it or not, there is a right way to make the most of your luggage space. Here are seven tips for you to pack for your well-deserved vacation so you don’t get stuck paying for overweight luggage fees.

Tip #1 Make a packing list 

Make a Packing List

You don’t want to spend money on items you forgot to pack. First things first, make sure to write a packing list of all of your essentials to prepare ahead of time and avoid the stress of packing. 

Tip #2 Be mindful of luggage weight limits

Be mindful of luggage weight limits

Avoid the last-minute ‘opening your suitcases and redistributing items’ ritual in the middle of the airport. Check the baggage weight limits with your airline ahead of time to pack accordingly. We recommend getting a small and portable luggage scale to weigh your bags. Take it with you to do a final check before traveling back home too.

Tip #3 Use packing cubes

Use packing cubes

Packing cubes are really helpful to have an organized suitcase that holds it all. Not only do they let you reach for the items you need knowing which cube has what, but can also be used in many ways such as laundry bags and pillows, and can even be filled with smaller items like socks, chargers, and makeup that tend to get easily lost. Packing cubes can be neatly stacked in your luggage and help avoid creasing your clothes with wrinkles. 

Tip #4 Roll, don’t fold

Roll, don't fold

Clothing takes up a lot less space when you roll it versus folding it. It also makes your suitcase very neat. This method is best used for items such as bottoms, t-shirts, dresses, and pajamas.

Tip #5 Pack multi-purpose garments 

Pack multi-purpose garments

In order to pack less, you have to create outfits out of a few pieces of clothing. Choose your favorites and style them in different ways by mixing and matching. For example, a pair of jeans is very versatile and can be worn on multiple days with different tops. Or, a dress can be paired with a belt or jacket to create a whole new outfit.

Tip #6 Opt for travel-friendly beauty supplies

Opt for travel-friendly beauty supplies

Watch out for travel rules when it comes to quantity limits for shampoo and skincare. These products can come at a high cost, and having to throw them away at the airport will hurt your wallet as much as your heart. So, pack what you need in travel-friendly bottles which also gives you more space for packing. 

Tip #7 Use your carry-on to the max

Use your carry on to the max

This free luggage that’s allowed on planes can be really helpful to your packing situation. In this small bag, you should carry essentials that you need to easily grab at the ready and a change of clothes. This will help save space in your suitcase and also prepare you for an emergency. You never know what can happen with your checked luggage, so in case of delays, having your essentials with you will keep you from buying an emergency change of clothes during your vacation.

No matter the destination you’re heading to, these six tips will help you pack smarter so you can enjoy your vacation a little more and stress a little less.

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