How to Pack a Suitcase

Here's how to pack a suitcase like a pro so clothes, accessories, and travel items fit perfectly in your bag.

Try these helpful tips to pack a carry on roller bag for a trip. Take your rolling luggage on a flat surface-- like your bed, in about least height-- so it's easy to pack. Lay out an outfit for each day of your trip. Set out additional clothes for an evening event or other special occasion. Include shoes, accessories, and jewelry. Because shoes are heavy, pack them first. Slip items into your shoes, like a belt and socks, to save space. Then, arrange each pair with the soles out-- the way they're packed in a shoe box-- so they take up the least amount of room. Place shoes in bags to keep any dirt from rubbing off of your shoes and on to your clothes. When folding your clothes, keep each outfit in its own stack, then transfer the stacks into your carry on bag. That way, it's easy to retrieve each day's garments. If you're short on space, try rolling your clothes. Rolls take up less room than folded items, and keep your clothes from getting wrinkled. Take scarves, hose and other small items into the gaps between other clothes. Separate specialized items, such as workout clothes or swimsuits, into individual bags. Include an empty bag for stashing dirty laundry. Place jewelry, hair accessories, and other small items in their own special containers, such as a jewelry roll. A roll that includes transparent compartments lets you see everything. TSA requires putting any liquids, like shampoo or lotion, into bottles smaller than 3.4 ounces. Put toiletries in a quart-sized clear sealable bag in your carry on, or in an outside pocket, so they're easy to pull out, send with the security line, and put back in your bag. If you're flying, tuck items such as your lipstick or mascara-- which are considered liquids-- inside the same quart-sized bag as your other toiletries to go through security. Layer a sweater or coat on top of your clothes or in your bag's large outside pocket so it's easy to pull out. Then, you're ready to go. Bon voyage.