Lightweight Suitcases – 5 Tips For Packing Up Your Lightweight Suitcases
Posted On July 11, 2011
When packing your lightweight suitcases, how you pack matters as much as what you pack. The tips below will help you to pack your suitcase so it doesn’t cause unnecessary trouble during your trip.
Pack As Lightly As Possible — Managing many more items than you need for a trip can be just as stressful, if not more, than if you had brought too few items. The next time you pack, place everything you want to bring on your bed or on a table. Then remove half of what you have out. Another thing to do is to make sure you have plenty of time to pack up, as we tend to overpack when in a time crunch and in a hurry.
Do Not Fill The Case Too Fully — It is possible that your suitcase could be subject to a random inspection by the TSA. If so, you want to make sure your case is easy to inspect. Overpacking your suitcase makes it harder to inspect and close afterwards, so avoid stuffing your case full. Also, when an inspected case is packed too fully, some of the items can drop out by accident and become lost.
Roll Your Clothing And Save Space — To save some space and prevent wrinkles, roll your clothing instead of folding it. And if you roll shirts, pants, and other things you want to wear together in the same roll, it also makes your outfits easier to pull out of your suitcase.
Pack Underwear And Socks In Your Extra Shoes — When shoes are packed but nothing is stuffed into them, it wastes a lot of valuable packing space. Also, if you don’t want your personal items visible if your bag is pulled and opened for a security inspection, then you may prefer to stuff your underwear into your extra shoes.
Use Small Toiletries — According to the TSA, each passenger is limited to 3 ounces each of liquid, gel, and aerosol toiletries, stored in containers enclosed in a single 1 quart plastic bag. Because of this limit, bring as few toiletries as possible in small containers. Many different travel size products are available so you don’t have to go through the trouble of filling empty containers with soap and shampoo. Or, even better, if you are staying in a hotel, take advantage of those toiletries and leave yours at home. You won’t have to worry about packing it or about bringing it back with you at the end of your trip, either.
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