When you pack a suitcase, do you roll or fold? Rolling causes more wrinkling but takes up less space.
Folding does not cause wrinkling but takes up more space.
Let me introduce you to a third method that does not wrinkle and takes up less space – I call it filing.
It’s fold – and flip! It’s not purty, but you can fit a bunch of stuff in there! I know it looks like this would be a wrinkled mess – but trust me, it really isn’t. Think of it this way – if you put the luggage in the vehicle handle-side up, then the clothing is basically folded and stacked – facing the way it would in a drawer – right? See what I’m sayin’? I have room to fit two pairs of shoes there in the upper R.H. corner of the bag. I put the shoes there so the WEIGHT of the shoes won’t smush the clothes. So I can fit ten days worth of clothes plus two pairs of shoes in one suitcase.
Everyone has a certain item that goes with them on vacation. For me, it’s my pillow! Most pillows in hotel or motel rooms leave me with a sore neck and cranky disposition – just what you want while you’re trying to have a good time, right? I tote my pillow in its carrying case, so that’s probably the only item that is a total no-brainer. Everything else is trial and error. There are two of us trying to use two bags for a ten-day trip. It’s insane, but we worked it out.
The trick is to convince your suitcase that it can hold more than it thinks it can. Bring out the best in it. It has so much potential… talk nicely to it. Suitcases have feelings too, ya know. Whoa… I think I need a vacation.
Do you usually fold your clothes and stack them like you would in a drawer? Most of us do that – and that’s great if you’re going on a short trip or if you’re packing one person’s stuff. We packed ten changes of clothes each – in two suitcases – yep.
If you fold the clothes but put them in the case as though the clothes were “files” and your suitcase was the “file cabinet” – you can get 22 items packed without smashing it too badly. We never wear anything that is very high maintenance – in other words, we wear a lot of cotton / poly instead of 100% cotton. That bit of poly can make a big difference in the wrinkle factor. Most hotels have hangers and drawers, so if you are overly concerned about wrinkles, you can take things from the suitcase and hang them up or put them in the drawers. Then hope you don’t forget anything when you leave.
When all the clothes are packed in the largest suitcases and our toiletries go in the smallest case – we just have those three and my pillow bag to mess with. We rarely fly, but I would think that would be the way to go if you are flying. We just don’t like to carry a lot of luggage around – and the file drawer way of packing works best for us. 🙂