7 Packing Tips For Easy Organization And Efficiency

*This post is sponsored by Fit In Clouds foldable flats, but, of course, all opinions are my own. 

When packing it's easy to lose things or to use your space inefficiently, so here are 7 packing tips for easy organization and space efficiency.

I wrote before about packing tips for traveling with only a carry on and it did so well I decided to write a second packing tips post on how to be organized and use your suitcase’s space efficiently for easy transportation and for ease of use once you get to the other end. When it comes to packing, unfortunately, just throwing everything in there haphazardly is not really a good way to utilize your space and fit in as much as possible. It’s also really easy to lose stuff in the bottom and not know where everything is. It is like a giant purse after all.

Luckily, there are many packing tips and tricks you can use that will improve your overall organization and efficiency that are so easy to implement, without needing to go out and buy other things like packing cubes.

Jewelry And Straws

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I don’t normally travel with a lot of jewelry, but when I do I hate that it’s so small it easily gets lost and even more easily gets tangled. Whether it’s necklaces or bracelets, jewelry can be a tedious thing to travel with, but there’s a way to avoid this mess.

By putting a straw through the chain, you prevent it from tangling with any other items in the bag so you can easily double pack into one jewelry bag. This is obviously space efficient, but it also can save you so much time at the other end since you won’t need to detangle.

Utilize Shoe Space

Shoes are easily the most annoying thing to pack because they take up so much space and you can’t just roll them up like you would for a pair of pants. Instead, to save a bit of space, put the shoes sole to sole and then wrap them up in a bag to keep your clothes clean. This takes up far less space than if you were to put them in just side by side. Much like you would when purchasing a pair of shoes to get them to fit into the box, storing them this way makes them take up far less space.

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Another thing shoes are great for is stuffing in socks and underwear. Not only does this take dead, empty space and turn it into another area to put clothing, but it also helps your shoes keep their shape in a bag. It’s usually best to put the shoes at the bottom of the suitcase so the soles are facing downwards and away from the clothes, even if they are in a bag you can never be too sure. Because of this they tend to get squashed, so stuffing them with other stuff has a double benefit when it comes to packing.

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Additionally, when you’re traveling it can be hard to decide what shoes to bring. Obviously you want the necessary shoes for what you’ll be traveling for, but you also have to decide which ones to take that are the most space efficient. That’s where these awesome foldable flats by Fit In Clouds come in super handy. I love foldable flats because they’re the perfect shoe that can be dressed up or dressed down, but then they fold up to take up as little space in my suitcase as possible. That’s more important than anything.

Color Code Liquid Bag

When it comes to my liquid bag, it’s usually filled to the brim because I have so many components to my beauty routine. While it’s not really a lot of stuff to use in general, when packing, every extra thing can seem like a burden. For me, I love these Ikea liquid bottles. Not only are they super cheap, but I love how using them is not like playing Tetris. Because they’re all the same shape, I can easily fit them into my bag without worrying that corners poking out will tear it.

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I also love how they’re all different colors. I use each color for a specific product, which makes my organization so much better. I don’t have to open each one and look at it and smell it to know what it is. I can also just glance at my liquid bag and know exactly what’s in there and what I’m missing.

This will not only make packing easier, but it will also making getting ready at the other end simpler as well.

Have A Charger Pouch

I use pouches for everything I can while traveling because it makes everything so much neater and easier to find. Chargers are definitely no different, as they have an annoying ability to dig themselves deep into your bag where you can’t find them. I have a little black pouch that can easily be squished and compressed to keep my phone and iPad charger in, as well as a laptop charger if I’m bringing it with me.

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This packing tip has saved me so much time trying to find my chargers at the hotel or at airports and I never once have had a tangled charger.

Pack A Laundry Bag

For some reason people always seem to forget about this, but I don’t even know what I would do without it. Not only does a laundry bag keep your clean clothes away from your dirty ones, but it also helps keep you organized during your trip. If you’re going on a longer trip, there’s a good chance you’ll be doing a load of laundry at some point, so being able to just grab your bag and go and know it’s all there is a big time saver.

At the end of a trip, I always put the laundry bag at the bottom of the bag with the shoes and shove and squish it and make it as tiny as possible. I don’t care how the clothes are in there since they’ll just be put straight in the washer as soon as I get home.

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You don’t need an actual hamper when you travel, just a simple grocery bag will do. I use this laundry bag I got from the Park Hyatt Sydney a little over a year ago because it’s sturdy but super lightweight and easy to fold up and stick in my suitcase pocket.

Roll, Roll, Roll

I could give you all the packing tips in the world, but it wouldn’t make as much difference as rolling your clothes can when it comes to space efficiency. While there’s a huge debate about what’s best- rolling or folding, I remain that rolling is the best way to save space in your suitcase. Rolling your clothes as tightly as possible and then packing them in side by side will save tons of space in your bag, and if you roll neatly you’ll also minimize wrinkles.

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There is a reason why blankets in stores are always rolled on the racks and it’s not just because it looks nice. Rolling your clothes is one of the best packing tips you could implement to save yourself space.

Use Ziplock Bags For Miscellaneous

I do have a little bag with zipped sections where I keep medicine, toothbrushes, razors, spare contacts and stuff like that, but if you haven’t got one a Ziplock bag is a great low-cost and easy option. Just throw your miscellaneous stuff in there so it doesn’t get lost, and you can also squeeze out all the extra air to make it as flat as possible. Then, you can just fit it down any side of the suitcase where you have a bit of space.

It’s good to have this miscellaneous bag so you don’t have lots of small loose items floating around your suitcase because that will not only be irritating, but it also makes it so easy to lose things. It’s always a good idea to bring a spare Ziplock with you just in case you lose yours, it breaks or you acquire other random little things while traveling that you want to keep separate from stuff.

Packing Tips Matter

Everyone has a different way that they like to pack and that’s totally ok. Whatever works for you, that’s what you should do. However, some packing tips are incredibly useful and can actually save you so much space and time, so while they’re just tips, it can be really useful to implement them into your packing routine.

Packing can be a tedious process, but with some practice and good organization, it will no longer feel like a burden and you’ll be a pro at traveling efficiently and organizationally.

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  • Stephanie Parrell

    Rolling my clothes in my suitcase has changed my life! I have never considered the socks in shoes before, another great tip. It’s all about saving room! Thanks for the tips!

    • So glad it was helpful, Stephanie! I actually used the socks in the shoes just this past week when I was in Ireland– I was really tight on space and it made a difference!

  • Rolling instead of folding is huge for packing! I also love brining a laundry bag to separate my dirty clothes from my clean ones when we’re traveling back home. Great tips!

    • Thanks, Kiara! Rolling is really so much better, I don’t know how I ever functioned without it! Laundry bags are such musts and it always surprises me when I see people who don’t travel with them.

  • Socks in the shoes….brilliant!! Can’t believe I never thought of this before! I totally do your 1st tip 🙂

    • Thanks, girl!! It’s such an awesome space-saver and I love how it keeps my shoes in relatively good shape rather than squashing them! The straw thing is so useful and once I started doing it I can’t imagine how I ever survived without using it!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    What a great idea! I’m getting ready to move homes, and I can definitely use these tips!

  • YES! I definitely agree with all of these tips! I was trying to help a friend pack once and she thought it was weird that I was stuffing her socks in her shoes…but HEY, it works!

    • It does work, Katie!! There’s literally no downside to it and it only saves space and keeps your shoes nicer 🙂

  • Since I’m about to pack my life up tomorrow for our move, I loved reading these tips! The hack about the straws for your jewelry is BRILLIANT!

    • I’m so glad to be helpful, Chelsie! Good luck on your move! I started doing the straws and jewelry thing a few years ago and it was SUCH a game changer. Of course things still manage to get a bit tangled occasionally, but it’s so much better and easier now.

  • These are great travel tips! Some I haven’t heard of before, and can’t wait to try out for my next trip!

    XO

    Lee Anne

    http://www.lifebylee.com

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    Great tips for packing! I feel like I’m almost a master-packer at this point, but I’m always able to learn something new. I recently learned that I can usually fit my shoes INSIDE my husband’s shoes when we are traveling together!

    • Oh my gosh, now that you’ve said that I totally want to go try and see if I can too! That’s a brilliant idea, thanks so much for sharing!

  • Amanda Nicole

    Great tips! My man calls me the packing princess because I can fit TOO much stuff into the smallest spaces. Guess that’s what happens when you move every 6 months! LOL

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

    • Hahahah, girl I feel you!! Sometimes I travel with so much stuff and we also move a lot too and I feel like I’m lugging way too much crap haha. If only I could pack as well as you for moving!

  • Nicole Parise

    This is really helpful! I travel so often and it is great to pick up more tips.
    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

    • I love hearing new packing tips, anything that helps me be more efficient and bring more! I’m glad this was helpful for you, Nicole 🙂

  • Jessica Hughes

    These are great tips! I always stuff my shoes full of socks and underwear!

    • It’s such a great way to use extra space and keep your shoes in shape!

  • I roll all my clothes too! That’s a great tip for using shoe storage as well 🙂

  • linda spiker

    Wow. I needed this! I am (admittedly) the worst packer ever.

    • I know how you feel, Linda! Packing can be so irritating because it’s hard to narrow done what you actually need versus what you just want.

  • Great tips! That straw one for necklaces has saved me a lot of headaches ever since I discovered it. And extra ziplock baggies are a lifesaver!
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • It’s such a great idea, I love it! Necklaces get tangled just by sitting on a desk, so I love that there’s a way to help prevent that.

      • But seriously. My necklaces seem to tangle if I just look at them 🙂

        • Hannah

          Girl, today I spent 3 hours untangling a necklace that was lying flat on my table!! I feel you!!! Hahaha

  • I have two upcoming road trips so these are great tips I’ll put into practice. Definitely checking out the IKEA bottles for shampoo and conditioner.

    xo, Elizabeth
    http://www.txelizabeth.com

    • I’m glad to hear it, Elizabeth! I love them and they’re also so cheap, which is a great added benefit.

  • Carrie R

    I always roll my clothes when packing my suitcase. 🙂 But I love the idea for a separate pouch for chargers. Very clever!

    • Rolling is the best, Carrie! I can’t believe there was ever a time where I actually folded stuff, it makes such a huge different. The separate pouch for chargers is great because there’s nothing I hate more than rummaging through my whole bag just to find my phone charger!

  • Those Ikea bottles are amazing!! I don’t live near an Ikea anymore but I’m going to have to remember to tell my MIL to pick up a few for me.

    • That’s too bad to hear, but I’m glad you have someone who can pick up some for you! They’ve been so great for me and I feel they really maximize space efficiency.

  • Terryn Winfield

    These tips are so helpful! I never would have thought of straws for jewelry! And rolling my clothes!

    • I’m glad you found them so helpful, Terryn! The straws for jewelry hack has been a lifesaver for me when moving.

  • Wow these are all fab tips! I used to have those ikea bottles they disappeared this jogged my memory..ha! I also love the idea of filling up shoes!

    Valerie
    Fashion and travel

    • Haha I’m glad to have helped remind you, Valerie! They’re so cheap that losing them isn’t a big deal and buying new ones if they get gunky isn’t a problem either. Filling up shoes with socks has turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done when packing! To think I only started doing it fairly recently!

  • Great tips! I always stuff socks into my shoes – it definitely helps with space!

    • It helps so much, Rachel! It sounds like it wouldn’t, but every little big helps.

  • Lorrin Sell

    these are great travel tips! rolling clothes is such a good idea. it would be so much easier to figure out what you’re wearing.

    • That’s so true, Lorrin! I love rolling them and once I started doing it I knew I’d never go back to folding.

  • rowena diciembre

    Rolling clothes is not only good for traveling but also at home, it can help save spaced.. I my self do that with underwear, and towels 🙂

    • Wow, I never even thought of doing it at home, Rowena! I’m glad you mentioned that. Maybe I’ll give it a try here in my drawers, I’m sure it would be super helpful!

  • I love packing tips!! Travel is so much easier when you’ve packed well!
    Kelsey
    http://www.thepeacockroost.com

  • Willow Moon

    I love all your tips! I will definitely try using straws for my necklaces! I like to roll my clothes too. My clothes never come out of the suitcase wrinkled!

  • Patricia Conte

    Super tips! I love seeing the ideas that others come up with for packing/travel tips! I really need a charger packet!

  • Melissa Chee

    Great tips! I’m the worst at packing organization

  • Allison Lancaster

    I love the jewelry tip! I am traveling alot soon and need to remember this!

  • Thank you for these tips!!!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  • I do all of these too! Except the straw for jewelry is new to me and I can’t wait to try it! Packing cubes and pouches for chargers is the best. I actually have a pouch for my chargers in my purse even when I’m not traveling since I always use my phone heavily for work while out & about each day.

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  • Adrienne Loder

    I love packing light, saving money and space so your tips are much appreciated.
    I’ve used the silicone containers but will look into the ikea version as they definitely fit nicely and at that price…I’m willing to give them a try.

    My favorite tip is to save 3-4 travel-size toothpaste containers when they’re empty. Glue the cap from a depleted full-size toothpaste to one from a travel-size toothpaste using sturdy glue like Liquid Nails. Once the glue is dry, drill a hole through the center and clean thoroughly. You can now refill those travel size and save a ton of money!