The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase - Steph Osmanski
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The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase

Let me start with a disclaimer: I don’t believe in suitcases; I only pack carry-ons thanks to Delta-Gate 2013, an infamous airport run-in I had in Sarasota, Florida while on spring break my senior year. Unless I’m going on a super long, far-away trip, which hasn’t happened since I vacationed in Europe back in 2000, I prefer the safety and reinsurance of keeping my luggage with me at all times.


It’s just better that way.


So what this post actually is about is how to pack the perfect carry-on bag. Are you still with me? Good. Packing has become somewhat of an art, especially in this age of YouTube, where tons of people have a platform with which to show off their intense organization skills when it comes to travel. While I’ve seen packers much more skilled than I, these are the be-all, end-all tips that tend to work for me and my personal travel routine. Keep reading to check them out!

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Invest in packing cubes.

Packing cubes changed my travel (and packing!) game for the better. I invested in the Pack-It Original Starter Set from Eagle Creek about a year ago and these cubes are still one of my favorite parts about packing. This set comes with three individual cubes: the biggest one can fit up to 8-12 pieces of clothing, while the other two are perfect for rolling up extra t-shirts, pajamas, undergarments, bathing suits, and socks.

Plastic bag anything that can spill.

So many things that I used to loosely chuck into my bag are now corralled by the protection of plastic baggies. I use Ziploc bags for things like cotton pads (with which to apply micellar water and witch hazel toner), vitamins and medications, extra hair ties, and more.

Keep your must-haves accessible.

There’s no feeling like settling down on a plane only to realize that your laptop or laptop charger is still chilling above you, in a compartment of your carry-on, crammed behind three other bags. Make sure to keep anything you may need accessible, whether it’s chargers, the book you’re reading, iPad, or medicine.

Nix the jewelry (if at all possible).

Personally, I’m not a big jewelry-wearer, so it’s a no-brainer for me to completely nix the jewelry component when I’m on the go. I’ll usually only bring the statement pieces that I wear on a daily basis, such as my FitBit, stud earrings, and perhaps a ring. Other than that, I tend to forgo packing jewelry unless there is a super fancy event at which I know I’m going to want to wear some sparkle.

Pack mini toiletries in advance.

When you have certain things, like travel-size toiletries, already planned out in advance, packing becomes a whole lot easier. Things like mini deodorant, a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a comb, I tend to keep in my toiletry bag, stowed away in my carry-on until it’s time to take another trip. Then, a week or so before my trip, I’ll check out the status of my toiletries; if I need anything additional, I’ll make sure to restock before it’s time to leave.


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