Podcast 197 – Packing your suitcase

If you’re ready to embark on a trip, whether that is a weekend away or a 2 week vacation, one of the things we love to hate is packing. In this podcast we’ll give you some hints and tips to take the pain out of packing a suitcase.

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Show Summary

  • Check your current suitcases are fit for purpose

  • Think about how you need to transport suitcases when you arrive at your destination

  • How do we both pack for a trip?

  • Choose want you want to take and then edit down if necessary

  • Put shoes either at the bottom or sides of a case

  • Use zipped compartments as padding to protect hard items

  • Roll or fold to aid visibility and accessibility

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  1. Leslie and Ingrid,
    I listened to the Packing your Suitcase podcast yesterday.

    I am a huge fan of packing cubes!! I am now retired but while I worked for last 25 years or so, I traveled every month – typically 50-60% of my work time and all by airplane. The reason I like packing cubes is much more than to keep everything looking good in the suitcase. The reality is that even in nice hotels the drawers in the dressers are not always that clean. So, I would not take the clothes out of the cubes but rather put the cubes into the drawers. This accomplishes two things – lets me unpack and pack quickly and keeps my clothes clean not touching the drawer surface.

    Also, I felt so sad for Leslie's new dress being ruined. Yes, irons are so different both in temperature settings and the cleanliness of the press plate. In general, if a dress or suit was wrinkled, I would put the shower on and steam up the bathroom and then hang garment in the bathroom – this almost always worked. Also, if I must use an iron, I use one of the pillowcases as a "press cloth" – I too learned this the hard way!

    I use sandwich bags to put bottles in and then put those into my toiletries bag (learned the hard way on this as well).

    Finally, if one either wants a bag to last or travels a great deal, a strong bag is essential. I use Eagle Creek bags and though a tad expensive given the amount of use they wear very well – moreover they provide a warranty that fixes zippers, replaces wheels, etc.

    Great podcast,

    1. Hi Marion,

      Love your tips! Sounds indeed you have travelled a lot and have learned a lot along the way. Might have to rethink the packing cubes now I have read your comments.
      Great idea about the pillowcase as well. A great hack!
      Ingrid

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