This post is part of the Problogger and Virgin Australia top travel tips competition.
Never is the difference between my husband and my personalities more apparent than on the day before a holiday.
Mr (not so) Organised’s packing technique involves something along the lines of grabbing the closest 5 pairs of board shorts, a random assortment of t-shirts, a pair of thongs, a handful of boxers, a can of deodorant and a toothbrush, and throwing them all in a bag.
I watch from the side of the bed as he throws things in randomly and feel my blood pressure rise. No list, no matching of outfits, no careful organisation of the bag. It’s a total nightmare!
I’m a list writer, and when I travel I become a list obsessed maniac. Everything is accounted for and then perfectly packed, utilising all available space in a beautifully organised arrangement.
To be honest, between the two of us we probably balance out to somewhat of a normal person when it comes to packing. Obviously my technique is far superior 😉 so today I’m going to share with you some of my best packing hacks, tips and tricks for organised packing.
Packing hacks for an organised suitcase
Are you sick of digging through your luggage trying to find what you need, only to pull out crumpled clothes and then not be able to fit it all back in? How would you like a perfectly organised suitcase with everything packed neatly and easy to find?
These simple packing hacks will help you stay organised while you travel, plus fit more luggage in less space.
Roll don’t fold
Rolling clothes when packing helps save space in your suitcase and also prevents wrinkles and crease marks on your clothing. Start by laying your item flat and folding it into as much of a rectangle as possible. Then roll it up in a tight roll.
Pack by outfit using this clever packing hack
Keeping with the theme of rolling your clothes, I would like to introduce you to possibly the most genius of packing hacks around. I call it outfit in a sock. It is most useful for children’s clothes as grown ups tend to have bulkier outfits, although it can work with a top or light skirt. I use this technique to pack my boys clothes when we travel and I then put them in zip lock bags and write on the outside with a marker to show what is inside and who it belongs to.
Packing cubes are your friend
These things are magical! Basically they let you pack multiple mini bags within your bigger bag without losing valuable space. Packing cubes are great for separating clothing for different travellers sharing a bag, or for keeping outfits contained and ready to go.
Genius jewellery packing hacks
What do you get when you combine a straw with your favourite necklace? This genius jewellery hack! Just thread your necklace through the straw and pack into your bag. No more tangles.I also use a pill box to pack my earrings and any other small pieces of jewellery so they don’t get lost in my bag.
Prevent spills with smart make up storage
Top all your bottles with cling wrap and then put the lids on to prevent leaks.Put a make up pad on the top of your powdered makeup to prevent it from cracking. Use a contact lense case to store small amounts of liquid make up for overnight trips to save on space.
Repurpose old sunglasses cases
Those old sunglasses cases make the perfect packing hack for cords, headphones and chargers. The hard cases are best as they protect your electronics from any pumps in transit.
Keep your bras in shape
Fold bras in half, fold the cups into each other and then stuff them with your underwear! No more misshapen bras.
Don’t forget the shoes!
Wrap your shoes in shower caps to prevent marking your clothes. Plus put breakables inside or stuff them with socks to utilise all available space.So there you go. Genius travel hacks to help you pack smarter, fit more in and stay organised when travelling. I told you my technique was better than my hubby’s 😉