1. Roll your clothes: What some people don't know is that folding your clothes in your suitcase actually takes up more space. To create more room in your suitcase, roll your clothes instead! This will give you layers and you can fit more items in there.
2. Layer your clothing for travel days: Wearing more clothes on the days you travel will create more space in your suitcase. For example, if you wear a hoodie that you are planning to pack anyway, that will create more room in your suitcase! Plus, hoodies take up a lot of room anyway.
3. Don't over pack: I know it can be tempting to over pack or feel the need to take everything with you, but you only need to pack the essentials for your trip!
4. Weigh your suitcase before the airport: There is nothing worse than finally being next in line to check your bags, and once they weigh your bags, they tell you that it is too heavy. To avoid wasting time on that, weigh your suitcase at home using a home scale.
5. Pack mix and match clothing: If you pack clothes in the same color family, it will make it a lot easier to create outfits on your trip.
6. Use up all of the empty space: A good packing tip is to pack things inside of empty space, like shoes or an extra purse for example.
7. Place things you might need access to on top: Scenario - it starts raining as you wait for a taxi during rush hour. Good thing you packed your rain coat on the top of your suitcase! It is good to pack those things you need easy access to at the top of your suitcase.
8. Pack bubble wrap for souvenirs: Who knows where your travels will take you and what you will find. Bring bubble wrap to allow you to bring back fragile souvenirs.
9. Pack a dryer sheet or a mesh bag: If you don't have time to do your laundry, pack some dryer sheets to keep the dirty clothes smelling fresh in your suitcase. Or, pack a small mesh bag to separate the clean and dirty clothes in your suitcase.
10. Pack the heaviest things near the bottom and near the wheels: This will make it easier to roll your bag, and it will stand up better if the heavier weight is at the bottom!
This guest post is contributed by Amazing Branson Rentals, a vacation rental service located in Branson, MO.