How to pack a suitcase

How to pack your luggage

Packing a suitcase efficiently for economy class can help maximize space and reduce costs. Here are some helpful tips for you:

  1. Check airline baggage restrictions: Before you start packing, familiarize yourself with the baggage restrictions of the airline you’re flying with.
  2. Economy class often has limited size and weight for both carry-on and checked baggage.
  3. Choose the right suitcase: Opt for a lightweight and compact suitcase that fits the size requirements for carry-on luggage. I mean it, because one of my suitcases of L size weights 4kg! Even it is a soft-sided fabric bag.
  4. Make a packing list: Plan your outfits and make a list of essential items you’ll need during your trip. I hate packing myself, but I still do this plan in my head. Always. Once I didn’t do it, and my airline luggage limit was 23 kg. So I spent half of the night before my departure, sorting out all stuff time and again.
  5. Pack your clothes in a compact way: Many people advise rolling, but I am not a big fan of it. High chance that your wardrobe gets dirty in the end. I found on YouTube once that there is a much better way of packing, and it saved about 3 km of a suitcase weight! That I called ‘Sandwich packing’. Meaning that you put, say, trousers, and then put another item across. Then you put another thing on top of trousers, with that another thing beneath. Then again, put something else across. In the end you will have a small pile that you will fold like a sandwich means of folding the sleeves and pant legs. That not only weight-effective, but is rather compact and things in this installation don’t crumple that fast. You can use a packet to put the sandwich into.
  6. Pack essentials in smaller containers: Place essential items such as toiletries, medications, chargers in smaller containers. Put shampoos and hair products into small containers you can buy specially for that. Put them into the plastic packets to avoid spilling.
  7. Wear heavier items on the plane: If you’re carrying heavier items like jackets, jeans or boots, wear them during your travel instead of packing them.
  8. Use bubble wrap: wrap more fragile items into a good layer of bubble wrap and put into a zip pack that will inflat a bit of air in it. Then place into something soft, like a pack of clothes etc. That is very effective. I was able to transport bottle of tine, a fumigator and plastic packs like that and nothing got broken. However remember to take expensive items like photo- and video cameras into your carry-on luggage anyway.
  9. Limit shoe selection: Shoes can take up a lot of space, so it’s best to limit the number of pairs you bring. Never take high-healed shoes if you go to a Maldives resort, for example. You will wear your sandals or flip-flops almost all the time. And many resorts have a bare foot opportunities.
    Remember to pack responsibly and be mindful of weight restrictions to avoid any additional fees. By following these tips, you can efficiently pack your suitcase for economy class travel.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good point. Packing a suitcase can be really challenging. It’s like solving a puzzle, where you need to stuff all your items into once place that doesn’t fit. This can be considered as a skill. With time I hope to develop it too. The key is to strike a balance between what you want and what you can.

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