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Packing a Suitcase

"Travel light. Preconception and prejudice are unnecessary luggage." ~ Anonymous

Whether you are coming to South Beach Miami for a weekend, planning a month long vacation, traveling on business or pleasure, packing a suitcase is always a challenge - you feel that you need a different travel bag. Not to mention that traveling from the cold climate to sunny Florida you may have to bring summer and winter clothes at the same time.

Before you decide to run to the store looking for that magic suitcase that fits everything you need, think twice. Packing smart may help.


Here are our recommendations on How to Pack a Suitcase.

Make a checklist. Write a list of every item you need to take for your trip: clothing, shoes, toiletries. Do it a few days before the trip, then review your packing checklist a few times before you start packing. Do you really need five sweaters or three pairs of hiking boots? Then update your list.

Large item vs. small items. Separate the large items from the small ones. You will put all small items in empty corners of your luggage later. For now - put them aside.

Roll Your Clothing

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Roll it. Roll everything. Lay two or three items of the lighter clothes on top of heavy clothes (jeans for example) and roll them up. Same as you would do with towels or a sleeping bag. This prevents wrinkles in your clothes and saves space. You will be surprised how much you can fit into your luggage when you roll your clothes.

Make your suitcase bottom-heavy. Put your suitcase in the upright position and everything that has weight – books, shoes, etc. - put at the bottom of your luggage. Remember the law of gravity? If you don't put your heavy stuff at the bottom, the law of gravity will do it for you. And on its way, it will squash all your clothes and leave an empty (and unused) space on top of your luggage.

Empty space. Now take all small items you put aside and put them into the empty space of your luggage. Sometimes it saves space to put a few small items in a plastic bag and then put them in all empty corners of your suitcase.

On the plane. Wear the most important and the most tailored items in your travel wardrobe - a suit, blazer, trench coat - on the plane and hang them up when you're not wearing them so you don't have to worry about wrinkled clothes when you arrive.

Ship it. Ship heavy, bulky, or unneeded items back to your house or business. Fedex now has special low rates for this type of shipment.

Waiting at the Airport.

Airport security. If you are unclear about what you can and what you can't bring to the airplane, check the official TSA website for latest updates. It is always good to be prepared!

Looking for more tips on how to pack for vacation? Check out our article What to Wear in South Beach - Miami Packing List.

Happy packing!

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Packing Checklist

  • Plane Tickets
  • Passport
  • Drivers License
  • Travelers Checks
  • Pocket Money
  • Money Belt
  • House Keys
  • Camera
  • Camera Accessories
  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Book to Read
  • MP Player
  • MP Player Charger
  • Mini Hair Dryer
  • Pen and Paper
  • Exercise Clothes
  • Bathing Suit
  • Toiletries
  • Aspirin
  • BandAides
  • Foldable bags for souvenirs

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