Friday, August 16, 2013

Packing- How To Maximize The Space In Your Case

In July, we took a two week vacation to Florida, and we drove there.  We had a turtle for the top of our car, and we drive an Honda Pilot with  third row seating.  There are 5 of us, so one person had to sit in the back. That makes the trunk smaller.  Therefore we had to pack carefully.  LC and I usually take one large suitcase for both of us, plus a toiletry duffel bag.  Each of the older children got one medium sized suitcase and a small duffel bag, and Mr. 5 year old had one small suitcase.

I am a woman who likes to have choices, so over the years I have honed my packing down to a science, and I truly believe that I make the most of every inch of that suitcase!  I thought I would share how I pack, and how I decide what to pack.  For our two week vacation, here are some pictures of what I packed, and how I came to the choices I made.  I think you will be surprised at how much I got into one suitcase.  But keep in mind that I also packed every single item that LC took in that suitcase.  I did not take pictures of that stuff.


I started by deciding that I would take 5 pairs of shorts that would mix and match with all of the shirts I took. I chose a variety of basic T-shirts, tanks, and other shirts.

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Here, you can see I packed a pair of denim cut off, basic white and black shorts.  And these are some of the tops that will mix and match with them.  Also, all of the T-shirts and tanks will mix and match with them as well.

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Any of these three tops will go with the white shorts.

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And any of these three tops will go with the black shorts.

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Any of these 5 tops will goo with these khaki shorts

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Any of these tops will go with the denim shorts.

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Any of these tops will go with the mint green shorts.  Pretty much every shirt I brought could have been worn with any pair of shorts I brought.  I am just giving you an idea of how my thought process worked when I was working it all out.

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These are all of the tanks I brought.

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And next I chose 4 dresses and 2 skirts to bring.  These are the ones I chose.

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And then I chose 5 different bathing suit cover ups.

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And these are the bathing suits I took.

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 I did not photograph the shoes I took, but I took a pair of running shoes, some flips flops for the beach and some regular sandals that I could mix and match.

Now. let's move on to the packing phase!  How did I fit all of this into a suitcase that I shared with LC you ask?

  • For shorts or pants:  I simply fold them in half so the legs meet up, and I pack all of them in the suitcase first.  I try to stagger them so that they lay as flat as possible in the suitcase.
  • Next, I pack the dresses.  I roll them up instead of folding them.  Depending on the dress, I might fold it in half lengthwise so the sleeves match up and then roll, or I might just lay it out flat and roll it.  
  • For shirts:  I roll these instead of folding them as well.  Again, depending on the shirt.  for shirts with sleeves, I fold in half lengthwise and then roll.  For tanks I just lay flat and then roll it up.  
  • All of the above items go into the main part of the suitcase.
  • I pack all of my bathing suits, bras, and panties in the top zipper part on the front of the suitcase.  
  • My suitcase happens to have two zippered compartments on front.  One is for my things, and the other is for LC's socks and boxer briefs.  That's right folks!  I just revealed what kind of skivvies the hubs wears!  Ha!
  • For shoes:  I place those all around the edges and on top of all of my clothes in the main compartment of the suitcase.

That pretty much sums it up!  I even had room to spare.  Gotta leave space for shopping while on vacation, right?  If you have a difficult time when it comes to packing, I hope this gave you some inspiration and new ideas.

And may you have a multitude of choices on your next vacation!


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