Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to: Pack a Suitcase

Packing sucks. Everyone on this beautiful earth hates packing and you know what? That's okay. You know what's not okay? Being terrible at packing. Especially after this post because I'm about to teach you how to be AMAZING at it. 

My parents divorced when I was three years old, which means I've packed more suitcases than most people will in a lifetime. I'm super good at it, mkay? It sends me into a rage-sweat when I see girls using suitcases the size of my refrigerator for a weekend getaway. And just hold me back when they're like, "oh! I just couldn't decide what to wear!!" ESPECIALLY when you're going on a road trip and sharing trunk space with several other people. Not cool. (If you are one of those girls, just bear with me. I will save you.) 

You can fit more than everything you need in an appropriately sized bag. It's not about packing less, it's about packing smart. Basically, the refrigerator sized suitcases are hardly ever necessary. I mean, it's called "extended-trip luggage," for crying out loud. How many extended trips are you really planning on taking in this lifetime?

Besides the fact that it's unnecessary, when you travel by air, extended-trip luggage is a hassle. It's always better to carry on. That way you don't have to pay for your bag, you won't lose your bag, and when you arrive to your destination you don't have to wait for your bag. Plus, 3-14 days worth of your stuff will fit into a carry-on bag. You may have to recycle pants and shoes, but it will fit. I once went to London for a week, then straight to Boston for another week with carry-on luggage.  

Now that I've explained why you don't need a Godzilla-suitcase, I'm going to prove it to you. I will show you how to fit all this into a carry-on bag with room to spare:

Like I said, It's not about packing less, just packing smart. This is more than enough for a week-long trip, and I still had space in my bag. AND my bag isn't even expandable. Here are my tricks:

#1 Bring a few pieces that you can wear with different tops or bottoms to change them up. That way you save space but still have options.

#2 Lay your clothes out before packing them. It only takes a little extra time, but it will prevent you from forgetting something or packing multiples of something else. Plus, it's crucial to the next step:

#3 ROLL YOUR CLOTHES. Like, sleeping-bag style. Everything but underwear can and should be rolled as tightly as possible. They take up less room this way but also stay less wrinkled. Win–win. 

#4 Pack it. Put large shoes (heels/wedges) on the bottom, preferably in shoe-bags. Then place your jeans and dresses on the bottom and stack your shirts. Put all your jewelry in a small bag and all your makeup/toiletries in another bag. Put these on top. Use the slim zipper pocket for your underwear. 

 Consider yourself freed from refrigerator suitcases. You are welcome.



  1. these tips are so awesome!! i made a 10 day trip in a carry on. you really have to know what you're doing. love this!

  2. You are a smart smart girl....I don't care what "they" say. :)

  3. Girl, I wanna roll you up and put you in a suitcase so I can take you everywhere with me.

  4. Except u cant take razors on a sryer straightenener. Like a girl wouldnt take those..and t doesnt look like those liquids are 3 oz....try again

    1. Actually, I have packed razors in a carry-on before and never had issues. My straightener always goes with me, and it's packed in the demonstration. I personally don't use a hair-dryer, but most hotels provide one anyway. You're right though, my liquids here weren't 3 oz. Easy enough to switch the large bottles for small versions. Thanks for reading our blog!

    2. they do make mini travel sized hair straighteners, sure they aren't the same, but if your looking to save space and money on baggage, definitely worth it.

    3. They acutally do make mini travel sized straighteners.

  5. These Maxi dresses are so beautiful. Any look would go with it. If you are a hippie, a goth, a sporty or a classical woman, you will for sure find the dress that fits you in this large collection.

  6. I don't see any Bras.....or do you not wear them??

  7. I don't see where you packed any bras......or do you not wear them??

  8. GREAT tips! thank you, nicole! I would like to know how to pack bras! those are always my challenge. Thanks!

  9. You wear your if you need an extra that's a different type for a specific dress or shirt, then pack that one. You shouldn't need more than two bras on a trip.