Since many of us are still living in isolation and quarantine, vacation travel has become something that you don’t want to take for granted. If you’re considering a trip after the world returns to normalcy, here are a few great packing hacks that will help you pack efficiently and stay organized:

Plan All Outfits 

If you’re looking for the most efficient way to pack your luggage for a trip, the first place to start is planning your outfits. If this isn’t something you usually do to prepare for your week, a vacation is a perfect time to start. Think about how long your trip is and how many outfits you’ll need. Then consider the various activities and excursions you’ll take part in. Instead of packing things you think you might wear, figure out each outfit while you’re packing. It’ll save a lot of space and help you avoid taking items that you won’t actually use. 

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes can be a travels best friend, and they’re a great way to stay organized. Use packing cubes to compartmentalize all of your essentials. When you’re stacking things together and squeezing them into a suitcase, you’d be surprised to know that you’re probably taking up more space than you need to. Packing cubes will not only help you keep things organized (pants with pants, etc.), but it’ll help you keep track of everything you brought with you, and will make re-packing at the end of your trip much, much easier. 

Roll Don’t Fold 

The classic competition between rolling and folding, which is really better? Most avid travelers will tell you rolling, and here’s why. Although folding your clothes may be what you’re accustomed to, when you tightly roll each item, you’re saving a lot more space (and avoiding wrinkles and creases). If you’re partial to both methods, you can decide which items it would be best to roll, like smaller/thinner items. Thicker items like jeans or sweaters can be folded. 

Consider Your Footwear 

Shoes are obviously an essential part of any trip, but they tend to be one of the bulkiest items you can pack. Be selective about the shoes you’re bringing, and try to limit yourself to one or two pairs that will match well with your already picked out outfits.