How to Never Overpack Your Suitcase Again

Here are some tips to help you never overpack a suitcase again.

May 18, 2023

Let's face it: we've all been there. You're packing your suitcase, about to head out on a much-anticipated vacation, only to realize that it's overflowing and there's no way it's going to close (not even if you sit on it). 

Suddenly, you're in a mad rush to try and fit everything into a smaller bag, or worse, you have to leave some things behind. But how willing are you to compromise?

But what if I told you there's a better way? A way to avoid overpacking so that you can focus on enjoying your trip instead of wrestling with your suitcase. 

Keep reading and get ready to become a packing pro.

1. Start by making a list of everything you think you'll need. 

This may seem like an obvious first step, but you'd be surprised at how many people try to wing it when packing and end up forgetting essential items. 

So take out a piece of paper and write down everything you think you'll need for your trip, including clothes, shoes, toiletries, electronics, etc. 

Once you have your list, it's time for step two.

2. Take inventory of what you already have. 

This step is key because it will help prevent you from overpacking by eliminating duplicate items. 

For example, if you're packing for a beach vacation, you probably don't need to bring two sunscreens. Or if you're staying at a hotel, there's no need to pack shampoo and conditioner because they will likely have those items available for guests.

By taking inventory of what you already have, you can streamline your packing list and reduce the chances of bringing duplicates.

3. Edit, edit, edit! 

Now that you have your list of must-haves and know what you already have at home, it's time to start editing. 

Go through your list and remove anything that isn't absolutely essential. For instance, do you really need four pairs of shoes? Or could you get by with just two? 

The goal here is to whittle down your list as much as possible so that you're only left with the essentials.

4. Pack smartly. 

Once you've got your final packing list, it's time to start packing—but not before taking a few minutes to plan out how you'll pack everything into your suitcase. That’s where the masterclass begins.

Start by placing the heavier items at the bottom of the suitcase and working your way up to the lighter items so that they don't get squished. 

And be sure to utilize all available space by rolling clothes instead of folding them (it saves room!) or using vacuum-sealed bags for bulky items like coats or sweaters. And don’t forget to stuff your shoes with socks, haha!

5. Zip it up and enjoy your vacation! 

The final step is simple: zip up your suitcase and enjoy your vacation! 

With a little advanced planning, packing doesn't have to be a stressful experience—it can actually be kind of fun (or at least not as painful as it used to be).

So next time you're getting ready for a trip, remember these tips and pack like a pro!


Packing for a trip doesn't have to be stressful—if you know what you're doing! 

By following these simple steps—making a list of must-haves, taking inventory of what you already have at home, editing mercilessly, packing smartly—you can become a packing pro in no time. 

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