Top Tips for Packing Your Small Suitcase for a Trip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I LOVE to travel. I have spent most of my life trying to see the world. As a kid, we moved around a LOT, and as such I had a variety of accents from around the US. When I left college, I became a Flight Attendant and was lucky enough to see even more of the world. I have lived in England and traveled through Europe. And in the last five years, we’ve lived in six different homes! We also love taking road trips, visiting national parks and flying across the country to visit family. And because of all of this travel, we have a LOT of experience packing.

I pride myself on being a world-class packer. I usually wait until the night before a trip to pack, which may sound a little crazy, but I find it is so much easier to just do it and be done. If you know how to pack correctly, you can fit an amazing amount of stuff in even small luggage.

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Now for my handy dandy packing tips. As I said, I used to be a Flight Attendant when I was just out of school, so I had to learn how to pack everything I’d need for 3- or 4-day trips all in one tiny case. I learned how to fold my clothing in such a way as to maximize space. Check it out! There’s a HUGE difference when  you fold things properly.

Packing Tips (Folding)

Packing Tips (Folding)

So, what is this magic formula, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Some folks will say it is all about rolling your clothes up, and that can definitely help. But really it’s just about folding the right items the right way. For shirts, I will fold them the same way your average department store does. Simply place it face down, fold in the sides/arms, and then fold in thirds until it is a nice compact square.

Packing Tips (Folding)

Pants are very similar. Just fold them in half lengthwise so the legs are together. Then fold up the bottom third, fold up into the top third and then fold the whole thing in half.

Packing Tips (Folding)

For shorts, I definitely use the rolling trick. Just fold them in half so the legs are together and then roll it up like a burrito. This is great for hiding things, too! Breakable items can be put inside a rolled pair of shorts to keep them safe.

Packing Tips (Folding)

With all that extra space in your case, you can add your toiletries, makeup, an extra pair of shoes books and other paraphernalia. It’s all good! I’ve always believed that you should make your carry-on count. Put in at least three days worth of clothing, a spare pair of shoes and all important hair/makeup accessories you may need. That way, if your luggage gets lost, you still can survive with your basics.

Now, tell me that’s not smart!?

 

What color is your favorite – Turquoise, Purple or Black? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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