What’s the Best Way to Pack a Suitcase?

Posted by Peter Brady on Thu 17th August 2006 at 07:00 AM, Filed in Travel Tips

In light of all the recent turmoil at UK airports I thought it might be useful to impart some tips on the best way to pack a suitcase. In particular, now that it looks like carrying any form of liquid or gel in hand luggage is to become a permanent no no. Here are some quick and easy tips that just might save you a lot of hassle - and yes most of the tips are common sense!

1. Always, always, always clearly mark your destination address and name when flying out and then your home address and name when flying home.

2. Tie a distinctive piece of material on the handle of your case so that it can be easily distinguishable from all the other hundreds of Samsonites on the carousel.

3. Put all liquids and gels into plastic bags and seal them up making sure you drain most of the air beforehand, otherwise they will pop in flight.

4. If you only have that extra large bottle of conditioner why not pour only what you need into a smaller bottle to save space.

5. Making a list of items to include in your case can reduce the possibility of leaving something behind and may come in handy in making any insurance claims should your case be lost.

6. Try and find out whether any of the items you intend to include in your case (like dressing gowns and beach towels) are already provided at your destination.

7. On the outbound flight always allow a small amount of leeway on your weight allowance for things that you buy while on holiday.

8. If you’re travelling with a ruck sack ensure that the shoulder straps are tied together and secured flush to the main body of the sack. 

9. Pack delicate objects in shoes and then place them at the very centre of your case to give the maximum amount of padding. Also pack things like socks and underwear within shoes to save space.

10. It’s a pain, but neatly folding all your clothes actually creates more space and hopefully reduces the amount of ironing you’re going to have to do at the other end.

11. Double check the list of items you are not permitted to take in your suitcase.

12. Maybe consider getting some of your clothes laundered while on holiday instead of trying to squeeze in an extra 6 pairs of boxers for that second week.

13. If you’re going to pack electricals like ipods etc ensure that they can’t accidentally be switched on i.e by packing them in a protective box.

14. Try and get a vague idea of your suit case’s weight in kg’s by putting it on your scales. This might save you money and time at check in.

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READER COMMENTS:

Thanks for this! I’m always a shocker when it comes to packing. It’s so useful to find a site like this that makes things a bit simpler (although I must admit I did know a few of the rules, I just never really followed them).
Thank you again,
Isabelle

Posted by Isabelle  on Thu 7th December 2006 at 03:42 PM | #

Thank you, great list; after flying for over 30 years, I still long for the day when I can just board a flight with a handbag only. Getting ready to leave home for two-five years of university study in the US - any suggestions, please?  I am ready to take everything, except the kitchen sink - am going to be a very poor older student.  Many thanks.  Nikki

Posted by nikiwe  on Sun 14th January 2007 at 12:51 PM | #

Could you inform us as to what is the legal size suitcase that can be checked in and also the size of a suitcase that can be brought on board.thanks

Posted by Patti Larz  on Wed 16th May 2007 at 06:12 PM | #

Hi Patti,

It’s difficult to give a definitive answer because size and weight restrictions vary from airline to airline.

But here’s some useful info provided by Heathrow Airport UK:

http://www.heathrow-airport-uk.info/heathrow-airport-news-200606.htm

Posted by Ruth  on Sat 23rd June 2007 at 11:14 AM | #

fANTASTIC INFORMATION, BUT CAN YOU JUST REMIND ME . DO ALL ELECTRICALS IE HAIRDRYER ETC GO INTO SUITCASE? AND IN HAND LUGGAGE, HOW MUCH LIQUID? IE IS IT JUST A MASCARA? OR DO WE JUST PUT EVERYTHING IN SUITCASE TO BE SAFE??

Posted by WENDY  on Fri 20th July 2007 at 10:36 PM | #

I have been told by many people and have seen it on sites, that rolling clothes is much better than packing them flat. This causes less creasing. Of course, this is not possible with suits.

Posted by Dubai real estate portal  on Tue 7th October 2008 at 06:04 AM | #

Rolling two or more t-shirts together not only saves space but does prevent some creasing.  Also, when rolling pants, capris, roll a few pairs together and start at the botton, making sure to smooth out puckers as you roll, and ending with waistband.  Also, when travelling with a suit, stuff the legs and sleeves and body with layers of white tissue paper, flat - not scrunched up - and then fold over gently to fit into your suitcase.  This worked well when we went on a cruise.

Posted by Lorraine from Ontario  on Sat 27th December 2008 at 11:38 PM | #

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