How to Pack a Suitcase. Packing checklist

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Packing for the trip

"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.

Be practical and pack smart

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 it

Roll everything. Lay two or three items of the lighter clothes on top of heavy clothes (jeans for example) and roll them up.

Roll Your Clothing

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.

Packing cubes

Travel packing cubes make sorting and finding your things much more manageable. You can put a travel cube in a duffel bag or a suitcase. I own at least four packing cubes and use them all the time.

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Make your suitcase

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.

Fill all empty spaces

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 or packing cubes and then put them in all empty corners of your suitcase.

What to take on a 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!

Jessica Gale,

Last updated on May 9, 2021.

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Travel 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
  • Mini Hair Dryer
  • Pen and Paper
  • Exercise Clothes
  • Bathing Suit
  • Flip-Flops
  • Toiletries
  • Aspirin
  • BandAides
  • Foldable bags for souvenirs

Extra Tip: Cook your meals

I don't know about you, but when I travel, I usually stay in a hostel with a kitchen or rent a place for a few weeks. To save money, I cook my meals with Aroma mini rice cooker.

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