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Do you seek some good packing tips that will keep your suitcase fresh and organized during your travels? Then continue reading!

Whether you’re packing for a weekend or a 6 month trip around the world, there are some great packing tips you need for an organized and stress-free trip.

I’ve been traveling full-time for years now, and I’ve tried different methods when it comes to packing and organizing – and finally, I’ve come up with the ultimate way to stay organized while traveling the world.

I’m excited to share with you, my top 10 packing tips while traveling the world:

1. Buy a lightweight and durable suitcase + cover

During my travels, I’ve had several suitcases that have broken just after a couple of trips. It’s a hard balance between lightweight and durability since the soft suitcases are less durable but more lightweight – and the other way around.

A “lightweight” hard suitcase weight around 1-2 kilos more than the soft ones, but for me, it’s worth not paying for new suitcases all the time.

I’ve got a suitcase from AWAY, and I’m super happy about it. It’s durable, pretty lightweight and looks great as well.

My other recommendation is to buy a cover to your suitcase. You can find covers on Amazon for all sizes. It protects your suitcase from scratches and looking worn out, which is great!

2. Make a packing list

To assure that you haven’t forgotten anything at home, make a packing list. Making a packing list and checking all the things off the list will make it much easier to remember to pack down important things such as passports, toiletries, and other important stuff.

If you need some inspiration of what to include in your packing list, make sure to check out my article ”The Ultimate Packing List”.

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3. Halve it

One of the things the most people do is to bring way too much stuff. Trust me, I know from experience. During my first long trip to Asia, I packed light in a 30L backpack (the most people have 50-60L or more), and I seriously didn’t use half of that stuff.

Put out all of the things you’re planning to bring with you and put back half of everything. You don’t need that much stuff, and if you would need anything during your travels, you can always buy it.

4. Be a fabric friend

If you want to look great during your travels, bring clothes of wrinkle-free/resistant fabrics. I know from personal experience that you don’t use clothes that are way too wrinkly, so it’s better to leave them in the wardrobe back home and bring something else.

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5. Organize – My best packing tips to stay organized

When it comes to my suitcase, I’m super strict with having everything organized. When living out of a suitcase traveling from destination to destination, it’s super annoying when you don’t know where something is so you have to pull everything up and repack.

Down below you can view some products that I simply can’t live without while traveling since they make my organizing game on point!

Packing Cubes

I’ve got packing cubes from Eagle Creek for all of my clothes. One where I have dresses, one for tops/sweaters and one for jeans/shorts. I also have 3 smaller packing cubes where I have my underwear, swimwear, and socks.

Packing cubes are seriously the best, and without them, I would freak out during my travels haha.

Shower Bag

I’ve bought a see-through bag where I store all my hair/shower products, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair oil, dry shampoo, intimate cream and so on. I just put everything in there without organizing since the bag in see-through. It’s actually one of the best organizers I have in my suitcase.

Toiletry Bag

This is the bag where I store my night/day face lotion, face wash, eye cream and so on. I have those kinds of products in the biggest compartment. Then I’ve got 4 more compartments where I keep things like band-aids/painkillers, nail clipper, nail file, hair ties and so on – all organized haha.

It’s great to have a toiletry bag with several compartments so you can stay organized! Mine is from OutNorth, but you can find a similar here.

Makeup bag

I use a toiletry bag from Jack Wolfskin as a make-up bag, and it works great. It has several compartments for makeup brushes, mascara, lipsticks, and also a big compartment where I have my bronzer, matte powder, eyebrow palette and so on…

6. Roll, don’t fold

One of my top packing tips when it comes to saving space when packing your packing cubes with your clothes is to roll your clothes, not fold.

Rolling your clothes will save a lot of space in your packing cubes. I think you’ll be surprised how much you can fit in there if you do it right.

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7. Stay fresh

To prevent that your suitcase will smell bad or get dirty on the inside, I’ve got some tips and tricks to share with you.

Shoe bags

I always have my shoes in shoe bags. It’s a great way to prevent your suitcase from getting dirty on the inside. They’re inexpensive and can be washed.

Laundry Bag

One thing that you have to have is a laundry bag. Something that doesn’t let out the smell of your dirty laundry.

Lavender Sachets

One thing that I’ve always had since I was a kid, are lavender sachets. I remember having these in my wardrobe among my clothes and it smelled great. So recently I thought, why not have them in my suitcase? It works great and keeps my suitcase fresh.

If you’re not a big fan of the lavender smell, then you can always look at the drawer liners.

Lavender Sachets

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8. Invest in your hand luggage

For me, my hand luggage is one of the most important parts of packing. It’s in my hand luggage where I store all my valuables such as jewelry, passport, and electronics.

I have a Fjällräven Kånken Laptop backpack, and it works great for me. It has great features that I’ve been seeking during my travels such as:

  • Separate padded compartment for Laptop in the back (you need to take it out at most security checks at airports)
  • Main compartment with lots of space for electronics and other stuff.
  • Compartment inside the main compartment where I can store a folder with important documents
  • Side pockets for water bottle and umbrella
  • Front pocket with zipper
  • Padded shoulder straps

For me, this bag is great. It’s simple, durable, has the laptop compartment I’ve been seeking and it’s also good looking!

9. Pack all the essentials in your hand luggage

When I’m saying all the essential things, I mean things like documents, money, tickets, jewelry, and electronics.

You never know if something would happen to your checked bag while traveling, and therefore it’s important to pack all valuables in your hand luggage. Also, try to pack an extra set of clothes and some underwear if your suitcase wouldn’t arrive in time.

One of my most important packing tips.

hand luggage essentials

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10. Bring a Snack Box

Airplane food is often expensive and nothing special when it comes to the taste and quality. I always bring with me a small snack box with some of my favorite snacks. I actually use one of those organizer boxes with several compartments.

Usually, these are used for jewelry and those kinds of things, but for me, it works great as a snack box. And a great plus is that it’s cheaper to bring your own snacks/food on the airplane.

Fill it up with all of your favorite snacks such as nuts, candy, fruits, veggies and so on…

Last but not least I would like to mention that it’s important to weigh your luggage before going to the airport, both your check-in suitcase and hand luggage. Do also check that your hand luggage doesn’t exceed the rules for both measurements and weight.

The airport staff can be really picky about it which can result in you paying for overweight or not boarding the plane because your carry-on/backpack can’t fit in the cabin.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my top 10 packing tips. Have a safe and nice trip!