Suitcases come in many shapes and sizes. People travel for business and pleasure. Whether you’re taking a knapsack or a Samsonite, traveling for two days or ten, you’ll need to pack a suitcase.
The idea behind a well-packed travel bag is that it has everything you’ll likely need and your belonging will arrive unbroken, undamaged and wrinkle-free.
Shoes: Footwear should be placed in a plastic bag before packing. This prevents any dirt from the soles getting onto your clothes. Also remember to take shoes appropriate to your climate’s destination. (e.g. sandals, boots)
Underwear: Take a laundry or plastic bag to keep worn underwear separate from your clean clothes during your trip as well as when you pack to return home.
Suits and Formal Wear: Business suits, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, tuxedos, etc. should be carried in a garment bag. A quality garment bag is sturdy, well-padded, and can be closed with one fold for easy transport.
Coats: If you are going from a warm climate to a colder one, be sure to take an appropriate coat or jacket. If you will need the coat upon arrival after a plane trip, you will obviously need to take it with your carry-on luggage. Otherwise, business coats and heavy jackets are best carried in a garment bag to save space in your suitcase.
Casual Wear: Try not to take too much. If you’ve never worn a particular shirt at home, chances are unlikely you will wear it on vacation. T-shirts, shorts, casual pants, light sweaters, etc. can be rolled. Folding often leaves creases.
Toiletries: Place bottles (shampoo, mouthwash, perfume and cologne) in plastic bags then tie them closed. A tiny leak or broken container can cause a lot of damage and inconvenience. If packing more than one glass bottle, be sure not to pack them against each other By putting a towel or bag of cotton balls between them, you reduce the chance of breakage.
Write down the activities you plan to do. (e.g. formal dinner, scuba diving, walking tour) Make a note of all the items you will need to perform that activity from what jewelry you will wear to the formal dinner to what you will do with your glasses when you’re diving to how you will carry your belongings while to walk.
Pack large and heavy items such as bulky sweaters or bathrobes on the bottom of your case.
If you’re going to a hot location, take a hat to protect you from the sun. If you’re going to a snowy location, take a hat to keep you warm. Be sure to understand the climate you’re going to and take necessary accessories.
Always protect fragile items by packing clothes around them and never placing them too close to the edge of a soft-sided case.
If traveling by plane, put your essential toiletries, your valuables, an extra shirt and pair of underwear in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is delayed.
If you will be unpacking for an extended stay at your destination, make a list of what you packed to help ensure you remember everything when you leave.
If you anticipate bringing home large or many souvenirs, leave room in your case or take an extra empty bag.
Always take one or two empty cloth or plastic bags for your dirty laundry.
Never pack a suitcase you can’t carry. Divide the contents into two smaller cases to balance the weight.