How to Organize Your Suitcase for Stress-Free Travel

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

How to pack for a trip is the most stressful part of travel for some people. Having done a lot of 3-month long trips overseas, I’ve learned a thing or two about organizing your suitcase for stress-free travel. Leave that cute puppy out of your suitcase for example, no matter how badly you want to sneak him to Italy with you! But on a more practical note, I wanted to share the routine I’ve refined over the years that makes for stress-free travel. We all want that, right?!

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1. Start with a plan. Rather than pulling everything out of your closet that you might want to bring and trying to narrow it down, start with writing a list of items you need then fill in each category. For example, 2 casual tops, 2 nice tops, 1 pair of pants, 1 dress, etc.

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2. Use packing cubes. I’m not sure how such a simple idea could really be SO helpful, but I swear by these things. Before packing cubes, I spent a lot of time digging to find a particular item or felt like I had to entirely unpack every time I got to a new place.

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3. Organize based on your morning routine. Keeping in mind how I like to get ready in the morning and the order in which I need each item, here’s how I do it: one bag for showering (this is your shampoo, soap, razor, etc), one bag for primping (makeup, toothbrush, tweezers), one bag for daily medicines/vitamins, one bag for underwear, and a dirty laundry bag. The night before, I choose what I’ll wear (not because I’m that organized but because I’m that SLOW in the morning!).

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 4. Think ahead. Where are your smaller pockets on your bags and what items will you need t