I wouldn’t say that I LOVE packing but in the years of travelling I’ve developed some useful packing strategies that make things easier. And suitcases much more organised. As I’m leaving for Copenhagen Fashion Week tomorrow (= time to pack my bags) I thought I’d share some of my trusted packing tips with you:
1. PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING
Before you start packing lay out what you think you’ll need. Think twice about everything you want to put in your suitcase and try to prepare the Looks in advance. For a weeklong trip you don’t need more than e.g. 2 pants/jeans, 1 skirt/dress, some basic T-shirts, 2-3 nice shirts and 2-3 pairs of shoes. And great bags & accessories to mix & match.
If you plan your Outfits in advance you will a) have less stress and b) avoid over-packing.
2. ALL ABOUT THE BASE
Start with your shoes, bags, books and other irregularly shaped items first. These heavy items will build the foundation and help to distribute the weight. One trick would be to stuff the shoes with socks, belts and underwear. This method will save you some serious space + it helps to keep the shoes in shape. Then put your shoes into dustbags to prevent scratches and damage.
3. ROLL IT
Roll your T-shirts, Sweaters and other not too delicate garments to fill the gaps between the shoes and bags. It might sound weird but if you roll your clothes instead of folding it will prevent creases more effectively.
One of my favorite packing tips is to use tissue paper. It protects delicate garments like silk dresses, blazers and shirts like no other!! Simply spread out a layer of tissue paper then lay down your dress, add another layer of tissue paper in the middle and the fold it.
Another great investment: A handsteamer. Honestly, this tool is life changing!! I bought myself this steamer a while ago and always have it in my suitcase. You can steam even in the tiniest hotel room (you only need water and electricity) and your clothes will be wrinkle-free within seconds!
5. PRETTY HANDY
Always carry an extra pair of changing clothes (= underwear, socks, a fresh t-shirt) in your hand luggage. In case your checked-in suitcase gets lost (nightmare!) you have at least some fresh clothes with you.
What are your packing tips and secrets? I’m dying to know! // More of my travel tips at Refinery29