Before the invention of the suitcase people of previous generations will wrap up the cloths and possessions for travel in a cloth wrapper, which was convenient for them then, but as time passes by and with several innovations that led to the creation of the Suitcase the use of the traditional wrapper became obsolete.
Here you will be getting several suitcase packing tips and tricks that will eventually lead you to traveling with simplicity, lets first lets get familiar with the suitcase. But wait…
Is There any Difference between a Luggage, Suit Case and Baggage?
Believe me here, people mix these two up thinking there is no difference between the use of the two. Well there is at least in the contextual meaning and usage of the three.
The suitcase, using the Cambridge dictionary is a large, rectangular container with a handle, for carrying clothes and possessions while traveling, while the luggage using the same dictionary means the bags, suitcases, etc. that contain your possessions and that you take with you when you are traveling. You see the suit case on the firsthand is talking about one single bag then the luggage meaning those bags including the suitcase where you pack your cloths and possessions.
A suitcase is an individual item of luggage, in just the same way that a ring is an item of jewelry. A suitcase is a single object, while luggage and baggage are collective and general terms to refer to everything you carry with you when you are traveling. If you are traveling, your luggage/baggage can be bags, suitcases,backpacks, sports equipment – or anything else that you are traveling with.
The word ‘suitcase’ is grammatically countable. It can be singular (a suitcase) or plural ( two suitcases).
How many suitcases do you have?
The words ‘baggage’ and ‘luggage’ are grammatically uncountable. They are always in the singular, but they don’t take a singular article (a). We can say ‘some luggage’, but we can’t say *a luggage and we can’t say *luggages.
How much luggage do you have?
Now lets get into details on suitcase packing tips and tricks
Suitcase Packing Tips and Tricks
- Get a packing list
This is probably considered the first and most important step before you fill your suitcase, Get a packing list!!. Why should you get a packing list?
- Allows you make preparation for the amount of days you’re packing for
- You know and priorities what you will need from what you won’t
- Saves space in the long run and keeps you organized
these are just some of the most common reason why it is important to have a packing list. But how do you make your own packing list?
- Start with the reason why you are packing the luggage (If it is for an Occasion, Vacation, Sports or camping)
- Then state the number of days you will be spending there and choose outfits for each day
- List the things you will need there
- Add to the list things you can’t do without i.e charger, ear pods, wristwatch among the others.
- Lastly and most importantly look through the list again and TAKE THOSE things YOU REALLY NEED
- Roll your cloths and pants to safe space
Deliberating on whether to fold or roll your cloth?, well here is the guide to what you should do concerning that.
While it is the very best option to roll your cloth when packing your suitcase or bags for travel, folding them can also be awesome. The first thing you do before you roll, you have to fold the parts then roll them tightly to preventing the roll from loosing thereby wrinkling the cloth.
The secret though is that any way can work well, what is most important is that you maximize all available space while you fit in your cloths and possession, for best space maximization if you fold your cloths layer them from the very bottom al the way up then, but if you roll your cloths place them tightly side by side.
Rolling cloths as opposed to folding have proven to have saved space than the later, but ultimately the choice is yours.
- Get plastic wrap and resealable bags
Plastic wrap are very useful to cover the top of bottles containing liquid and can be used to cover snacks among several other things.
The resealable bags on the other hand are handy for several reasons some of which are:
- Protect a dirty shoe from messing up the suitcase when you plan to take the shoe along,
- keep possessions like the ring bracelet, wristwatch, cuff link, makeup, and every other small accessories you fear will be lost in the process of packing in out.
- Spread books under
This is meant for you if you plan to carry few books along in your suitcase, it is best to pack them underneath, to prevent the edge from having deckle edges.
- Fit small items into free space
Arranged your shoes and clothes and need some more possession to fit in the suitcase?, simple, the small ones fit them at every free space available in the suitcase.
- Fit socks and other small items in the shoe to safe space
This tip should not be stressed more than it already has been, Why do you have to pack an extra bag?. When you fit socks and other small possessions in the shoe it saves space and allows you the flexibility to carry more cloths and possession.
- Cover shoe with resealable bags
The shoe when covered with a resealable bag protects other possessions and cloths in the suitcase. This also allows you the flexibility to carry your choice of shoe without fear of the stains on it.
- keep fragile object in between the suitcase
Fragile objects like breakable plates, glasses, glass cup, plaque, pictures, and awards should be kept in the middle of the Suitcase to prevent any damage in case of sudden drop
- Know the travel requirements for weight you should load
There are several traveling guides and requirements as regards the method by which you plan to move the suitcase and how heavy the suitcase should be as regards weight.
- Plan for the weather or season
When you plan for the weather, you are safe from any embarrassment that may occur as a result of not preparing, furthermore, It saves you the stress of packing the clothes you will not need for the traveling purpose. I will not take a rain coat and a rain boot when it is Summer.
- Wear multifunction cloths
multi-function cloths work like magic, where one outfit will work for A formal, casual event or just to watch a movie, it’s always good to consider and have one around just in case.
- Pack as light as possible but maximize enough space
To pack as light as possible is just to ensure that what you have present in your suitcase are essential for the purpose for which you are travelings, while you make use of spaces available.
- Find empty cases or resealable bags and packs to store and sort small items, toiletries, accessories.
These empty cases lying around in your house, some of them are space savers as you can store makeup, small possessions in them and add them to the items in the suitcase.
- Fold clothes into themselves
Layer clothes on themselves then cover or wrap them with each other, this saves up space too.
- Cover a spill able bottles with a plastic wrap
Leaks from liquid bottles can bring about total Wreckage to our clothing and embarrassing us in the long run, and that is where the plastic wrap comes in to seal the lead at least before its next use.
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