Do you always pack too much stuff in your bag? For most airport carriers, your carry-on backpack only should be at a maximum weight of 20 kg. Check out these tips and learn how to pack a bag for travel like a pro.

Before you pack your bag for travel, lay everything you want to take with you on the floor or on your bed. Once you see how much you are about to take with you, be brave and eliminate about a third because you never will use as much as you think you will and that will make the trip a whole lot easier.

This is how to pack a bag for travel and to arrive with as few wrinkles as possible:

Start with your shoes. Pack underwear and socks inside to hold the shape of your shoe and use every square inch of space. Once your shoes are firmly in place, fill awkward gaps with very soft items, such as t-shirts, socks or tights.

The idea is to create an even layer. If you can roll any of the items, that’s even better.

Interleaving bulkier items, such as suits, jeans, dresses and skirts will minimize creasing and maximize space. Lay out the first item with one end into the suitcase and the other end draping over the edge.

Put the next item on top of this and place it the other way around. Continue in this way layering all items and alternating the edges inside to get another even layer. Finally, one by one, fold the garments back in.

Don’t include your coloured shirts in this process. I will mention more about this later on.

You are nearly a pro in packing your bags for travel. Now, time to create some magic space.

Throw a bag from the dry cleaner on top of your packing. Due to its slipperiness, the clothes will naturally adjust underneath to fill the air what may be trapped between all those layers.

Next stop: Non – clothing items such as toiletries, books and cameras. These awkward shaped objects should be places towards the middle to give maximum protection.

Remember to double-bag your toiletries to reduce risk of staining your clothes or ruining your technical devices.

Top Tip 1 on how to pack a bag for travel:

Instead of rolling belts up, save space by slipping them along the edges of your case.

If you are using a backpack, roll the belt and put it in the inside of a t-shirt (watch the video below).

Place those beautiful shirts mentioned earlier on top as a final layer.

Top Tip 2 on how to pack your bag for travel:

Leave your toiletries kit in your suitcase or backpack when you return home, so it’s ready for the next time you travel.

Read more about what to pack in your bag and also which backpack to choose.

Check out some other tips on how to pack a bag for travel like a pro in this video:

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