Five Packing Tools For a Neater Suitcase

Five Packing Tools For a Neater Suitcase, Flickr: Lemon KissesI packed up my weekender bag for a trip to the South, neatly folding all of my clothes and placing them in my luggage accordingly. With each stop on the trip, chaos in my suitcase ensued. It quickly became a jumbled mess, a guessing game of what was in my suitcase and what the bag just may have swallowed whole. I vowed to never pack like this again. Not only can it keep you from enjoying your destination when you have to spend time packing and repacking with each stop, but you can also end up packing items you never knew you had. If you are looking to neaten up your suitcase, here are a few tools that can help keep your bag spick and span. 

Shoe Covers: There is nothing more disturbing to a neat freak than just throwing your shoes and their potentially muddy tracks into your bag. Not only can you face more laundry as you travel due to stains from your shoes but you can also have odor problems in your suitcase. To mask odors and to keep whatever is on your shoes separate from clothing items, travelers should invest in some shoe covers. Many travel companies make these covers, some even with separate compartments within the bags to keep pairs from scuffing as they are jostled within the suitcase. Simpler options resemble more of a drawstring bag. 

Packing Cubes: Most travelers have packing cubes of some kind, square or rectangular compartments where you can separate each item of clothing that you bring. Packing cubes are one of the easiest ways to stay neat while you travel. If each cube has a different clothing item, you can easily use the cubes like drawers at your destination. 

Spill-proof Toiletry Bags: Usually composed of a nylon mesh and vinyl lining, you will see these bags advertised for your toiletries. These bags prevent liquids from exploding all over your bag and thus ruining your packed items. If you are packing toiletries, you Ziploc bags won’t always cut it. One little hole can create a massive headache in your suitcase. Travelers looking to keep their bags free from shampoo spills and lotions coating their coats should pack all of their toiletries in spill-proof bags. 

Hanging Bag or Foldable Shelf: A hanging travel bag with clear compartments can come in handy for seeing what you have buried in your bag such as jewelry items or smaller accessories. Usually found in the home organizing section of stores, you might even find something that will work for your suitcase. Foldable hanging shelves that collapse flatly can also be useful for keeping your suitcase clean. You can pack your items on these shelves and collapse the device into your bag as long as the width doesn’t exceed the bag’s width. Using this tool, you merely have to hang up your items when you get to your destination for an instant closet of neatly folded items. 

A Suitcase With Compartments: Sometimes it isn’t the fault of the traveler for their mess of a bag. Rather, your suitcase could be to blame. If your suitcase lacks compartments to separate each item that you need, it can be difficult to keep things straight even if you use every packing gizmo you can find. Those who struggle with keeping their bags neat and tidy, especially as the travel days wear on, should take a look at their suitcase. If yours is just a giant open container with no pouches or compartments, it might be time to upgrade your luggage. 
 

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
Save on Bookings with 3+ pax
or hotel stays of 3+ nights
this month withSM25

RecentPosts

  • 4 Costs To Axe From Your Thanksgiving TravelsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 21 Nov 2014
  • With Thanksgiving under a week away, by now, you most likely have your flight booked. While you might think the costs of your Thanksgiving travels are behind you on that credit card you used to purchase the tickets months ago, you might be in for a rude awakening. Before you take off, here are a few easy ways to cut the additional costs from your Thanksgiving travels....read more

  • Venice Salute FestivalComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0

    1
  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 21 Nov 2014
  • For Venetians, the 21st of November is an important date. It’s the day the city celebrates the Madonna della Salute festival, which commemorates the founding in 1630 of the church of Santa Maria della Salute (“Madonna of Health”). The church is more commonly known as Salute, as is the festival as well. During the festival, the area around the church is beautifully lit by thousands of candles brought by the many people going to pray to the Virgin Mary with vendors lined up along the way to the church selling candles and a variety of sweets....read more

  • 5 Smoke-Free U.S. Cities to VisitComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 20 Nov 2014
  • As a parent, I appreciate places where I can bring my kid without having to worry about second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoke-free cities have no-smoking laws that apply to restaurants/bars, workplaces, public buildings/grounds and city parks (as well as other areas around the city). The cities on this list also have extensive anti-smoking campaigns, as well as programs to help people stop smoking. In celebration of The Great American Smoke-Out, here are five of the most smoke-free U.S. cities to add to your list of places to visit....read more

  • 3 Winter Festivals To Attend in Puerto RicoComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 19 Nov 2014
  • Puerto Rico might be on your radar for sunshine and palm trees, but it shouldn’t be counted out for a winter getaway. There might not be snow softly falling on pine trees, but the island gets into the spirit of winter with a number of celebrations. If you are in need of a winter escape, try Puerto Rico, specifically to attend one of its lively winter festivals....read more

  • 5 Fascinating New Zealand MuseumsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 18 Nov 2014
  • There are plenty of reasons to visit New Zealand – the natural beauty, diverse cultures, and unique cuisine being a few of them. New Zealand is also home to world-class museums where visitors can learn more about art, history and even sheep farming! Here are five to check out....read more