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How to pack your suitcase like a pro

How to pack your suitcase

I know you’ve probably seen or read dozens of articles about how to pack your suitcase. So have I! But even today, I’m still trying to find the perfect formula… and I think I’ve found it!

So I’m here to share with you the excellent items that I currently use to pack my suitcase in the most effective way so that I often only have to take one good backpack, as I did on my last trip to Morocco.

So, let’s dig into the “paprika” of packing! 🙂

How to pack your suitcase

The suitcase

Let’s start with the most essential item of all: the suitcase.

There are countless bags available on the market, but for the sake of this exercise, I’ve chosen one for the cabin and one for the checked baggage.

Cabin suitcase

How to pack your suitcase: Osprey Farpoint Wheels 36

When it comes to cabin luggage, most of the trolleys we found are already within the measurements allowed by the leading airlines. However, suppose you’re going to an adventurous and exploratory destination where a wheeled suitcase isn’t so handy. In that case, you should opt for a backpack. Some on the market are the best of both worlds, i.e., a bag that you can carry on your back but with built-in wheels, in case it’s heavy and you must carry it for hours or make a long stopover at the airport.

My choice – Osprey Farpoint Wheels 36

Hold bag

How to pack your suitcase: Sons of Aloha travel duffle bag

As for the hold bag, I’ve been using sportier models for a long time, the so-called “duffle bag,” which is soft but very resistant. A good suitcase in this category is more flexible, made of waterproof materials, and has several compartments. Most are extendable, which allows them to be more adaptable to the volume of things you take for a two-week or month-long trip, for example.

My choice – Sons of Aloha

Accessories for packing a suitcase

Now that we’ve chosen a suitcase adapted to our trip, both in terms of the type of adventure and the duration, a few items will help us pack and avoid overweight fees.

Packing cubes

How to pack your suitcase: Osprey packing cubes

These practical cubes help keep clothes organized and compact in your suitcase. I’m curious who came up with this idea (if you do, post it in the comments box), but it’s brilliant. With them, you save valuable space and use different colors or sizes to categorize items and speed up the packing process.

My choice – Osprey cubes

(however, these cubes aren’t very big; if you need to take more things, I suggest you take a look at my suggestion on compression bags)

Compression bags

How to pack your suitcase: Ecohub compression set

These bags or cubes are ideal for bulkier clothing, such as jackets or sweaters. They allow you to save space by removing excess air. Simply roll up or press out the air to compress your belongings.

My choice – Ecohub compression set

Portable luggage scale

How to pack your suitcase: Mycarbon portable scale

Avoid overweight fees by weighing your luggage before you head to the airport. A portable luggage scale allows you to check the weight of your suitcase wherever you are. There are several scales of this type on the market, but I recommend you buy a more robust one with a reasonable weight limit.

My choice – Mycarbon portable scale

Other accessories to take in your suitcase

In addition to the clothes, toiletries, and medication you need to pack in your suitcase (have you signed up for our newsletter? – you’ll receive a complete handbook with everything you need to know to pack your suitcase), there are a few other accessories that I can’t do without.

Bathroom kit

Alyvisun Refillable travel bottles 100 ml

Invest in a compact toiletry kit with leak-proof containers for your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and other essentials. Look for one with a hanging hook for easy access in small bathrooms.

My choice – Alyvisun Refillable travel bottles 100 ml

Travel wallet

Lifeventure travel wallet

In a world where crime is becoming increasingly elaborate, it’s essential to keep your travel documents, passport, boarding passes, and bank cards safe. A travel wallet with RFID-blocking technology allows you to protect your personal information.

My choice – Lifeventure travel wallet

Noise-canceling headphones

JBL wireless headphones

Block out distractions and enjoy your favorite music or podcasts during your travels with noise-canceling headphones. They’re also great for drowning out ambient noise during flights or train journeys.

My choice – JBL wireless headphones

Travel pillow

Travel pillow

A travel pillow is essential for making long journeys more comfortable. However, there are hundreds of options on the market. Although they aren’t the most advanced in this field, I always look for more compact, lightweight options that can easily fit in my handbag.

My choice – Travel pillow

Foldable water bottle

 Kemier water bottle

I’ve been saying for a long time that taking a reusable water bottle on a trip is very important if we want to fight against the continuous use of plastic. Although I use metal bottles, I confess that they are not the most useful when it comes to weight or saving space in luggage. So, the ideal is to opt for a foldable water bottle. When it’s empty, it folds up, and you can refill it at water fountains or restaurants during your trip.

My choice – Kemier water bottle

First aid kit

As a rule, a sachet with medication adjusted to my destination is enough for me, but if you’re preparing for an adventurous trip, consider packing a small first aid kit in your suitcase.

My choice – GoLab Outdoor First Aid Kit

Many products on the travel market can help us pack the perfect suitcase for our trips. But remember that, in the end, successful packing is all about preparation, organization, and versatility. By planning, packing strategically, and investing in the right accessories, you can pack light without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

If you have any other tips or accessories you think are essential to pack in your suitcase, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to read about your experience!

How to pack your suitcase
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Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures around the world. It is not unusual for her to set off to discover new countries and cultures with a surfboard as luggage.



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