Everyone’s always trying to fit everything they possibly can into a small cabin bag. After all, who wants to pay more for luggage?

The thing is, most people don’t know how to pack a suitcase efficiently, ending up packing little stuff while occupying more space than necessary.

It’s all about organization and planning. So let’s check some packing techniques that you can use for your next trip!

1. Pick your ideal bag

Even though organization and a traveling pack list are vital for solving any space issue, you need to make sure you’re choosing the right bag first.

Most people opt for the standard size, which is the cabin bag. It’s the one that often comes free with the plane ticket, and it’s the perfect size for a short weekend trip or even a longer trip during summertime.

However, if you’re traveling during wintertime or during long periods, you’ll probably be better off with a bigger bag that can easily transport more clothes with thicker fabrics.

The size of the bag is, of course, important, but what’s even more important is the building of it.

Hardcover luggage may be stronger and more protective of sensitive items like a laptop, but soft side luggage will allow you to fit more stuff than a hard one.

They’re more flexible, and some models offer a few extra inches of growth. They may be harder to clean, but in terms of space, they’re the best choice.

360 spinner wheels are also a must. Think about how easy it will get to travel from one terminal to another, or from the airport to the hotel. Bags with extra pockets and dividers can also be handy in terms of organization.

2. Shoes always go first

Some people will only travel with the shoes they already have on, and only throw a couple of flip flops in their bag for the beach, but it’s normal if you want to bring a couple more options.

Think about the shoes you want to bring, maybe some sneakers, slippers for the hotel, flip flops and who knows, perhaps some party shoes?

You have four options right here. Which ones are going to occupy more space? Probably the party shoes and sneakers, right? The solution: travel with one of these on your feet, and pack the others in your bag.

Always try to bring the lightest shoes with you, and remember that they should be the first items to enter the bag.

Grab a plastic bag and place them inside it, so they don’t ruin your clothes and store them in the bottom of your bag. You can also get shoe deodorizer bags so you won’t end up with an unpleasant smell in your bag.

3. Compression packing cubes are your new best friend

Besides organizing all of your clothes and items, compression packing can also be a great way to pack a suitcase to maximize space.

For thicker and bulkier items such as sweatshirts or jackets, you can use compression bags to make their volume reduce by half! All you need to do is squeeze all the air out of the bag to occupy less space.

These bags may be a little expensive but don’t worry, they are reusable!

When it comes to thinner clothing like t-shirts, the rolling method is key. Fold the sleeves and roll the t-shirt as tightly as you can until you have a small roll. Do this with the rest of your clothes, and you’ll be surprised about how much space you’re saving!

4. Get a toiletries hanging bag

When it comes to small personal care items such as makeup, toothbrush, shower gels, and other items you need to get ready every morning, there’s no greater option than storing it all on a hanging travel bag!

These bags have a ton of different compartments that will help you organize, and they’re super easy and effective to use once you arrive at your destination. All you need to do is open them and hang them in the bathroom door, almost like a shelf.

Remember that liquid toiletries should be in a separate clear bag when traveling by airplane!

5. Fill up the gaps in your bag

Now that you have your bag with your shoes and clothes, it’s only normal that there are extra storage gaps to fill.

These small spaces are great for storing socks or underwear. All the clothing layers will allow you to have these “padded” gaps that are great to store fragile items like sunglasses, chargers, or earphones.

Maybe you can even find some space to take a few things you didn’t even plan to!

6. It’s time for the finishing touches!

You may have learned a few travel packing tips and tricks so far, but the most important part is safety!

From filling your luggage tag with your name, address, and phone number, to having a safety lock just in case someone tries to open it.

You can also get yourself a “Tile Mate,” a device that can track your lost bag.

If your bag has a very common color or a simple design, you can also opt by purchasing a bag cover to help you identify it in the middle of a thousand bags. Tying a colorful ribbon on your bag handle is also a way to distinguish it from anyone else’s bag.

Other accessories like a bag strap for extra security or a bag scale might also be worth purchasing to avoid any problems at the airport!

Now that you know how to organize your suitcase, keep in mind that not everyone should follow the same rules. After all, we all enjoy having our things stored in our own way.

You may enjoy having all of your toiletries in a simple, transparent bag, or you may find hardcase bags better for safety reasons.

We all have our way of doing things. So do what ultimately works for you, and if there’s any trouble, you can always try to follow these tips and see how you like it!