How to Pack without Overpacking

Is your suitcase about to explode because you overpacked? Use these tips to help you pack without overpacking.


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Make packing a bag less stressful with these tips, tricks, and checklists.

You Will Need

  • Suitcase
  • Organization
  • Checklist
  • Hotel information
  • Travel-sized containers
  • Leak-proof bags
  • Small carry-on bag or purse


  1. Step 1

    Make a checklist

    Make a checklist of all the items you will need according to your itinerary.

  2. Pack two to three days before your trip to ensure that you don't forget important items.

  3. Step 2

    Call about hotel amenities

    Find out which hotel amenities will be included in your room. Many hotels supply hair dryers, toiletries, and pool towels.

  4. Step 3

    Pack cosmetics

    Pack cosmetics and toiletries in travel-sized containers. Seal them in a leak-proof bag, separated from clothes.

  5. Step 4

    Stay with 1-2 color schemes

    Keep clothes and accessories to one to two color schemes, allowing you to mix and match separates.

  6. Step 5

    Bring quick dry items

    Bring a couple quick-dry items that can be handwashed.

  7. Step 6

    Roll your clothes

    Distribute your clothes evenly throughout the bag by rolling your clothes.

  8. Save room in the bag by wearing your bulkiest shoes while traveling to the destination.

  9. Step 7

    Hold on to valuables

    Keep all your jewelry and other valuables in a small carry-on bag or purse. Happy traveling!

  10. In 2008, there were 32.8 million bags worldwide that were mishandled by the airlines.