Hardshell Suitcase Packing:


Packing your luggage may seem like a simple process. However, this may not be the case when you are packing a rigid suitcase. In the latter case, there are some rules you must learn. The rules will help you strategically place your things so they can all fit in one package. Here is a shortcut on how you can pack a rigid suitcase.

Create your packing list

Write a list of all the necessary items you will need for your trip. If possible, visualize how you will spend your vacation and all the things you will need.
These will include shoes, clothing, toiletries, accessories, gadgets, among other things. The packing list will help you not forget essential items. If your rigid suitcase is small, you can prioritize what you need most and just pack them.

Pack Less ... only what is necessary
In general, there are two types of travelers; the travelers that are always packing light and the ones who wish they packed light. If you are not used to traveling that much, you may want to cater to all possible settings. Even unnecessary things will be in your case.
You can't pack extra
If this describes your packaging style, remember that this is a rigid suitcase that will not expand to accommodate your unnecessary items. Always know that when you are on vacation and you notice something is missing, you can buy what you need at your destination. There may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, but because of the limited space in your suitcase, you will have to limit yourself.

Pack with a plan
There are many strategies for packing your rigid suitcase. In all these strategies, there is no perfect method. You should be flexible and choose the plan that suits your preferences.

Categories
The first step is to put the luggage into categories. For example, if you have shoes, clothing, waterproof items like jackets, jewelry, medications, and accessories differently.
The importance of doing this separation is that you can pack everything strategically.

Dealing with heavy things and shoes
After knowing everything you will need, start packing the heaviest of all. First, vertically place the suitcase - when standing. Then put the heavy items on the bottom of your suitcase. This method makes the bag not too heavy.


Balance the case:
Distribute all heavy items evenly on both sides of the hard shell suitcase to ensure it does not become unbalanced when standing. When it comes to packing shoes, don't waste space.
Put your socks, shower caps, underwear, and other small items in your boots. In cases where the shoes are dirty, put them in a clean plastic bag. The plastic bag will help protect other items in the suitcase from dirt.

Roll and fold clothes
Some travelers prefer to roll their clothes, while others prefer to fold them. However, the best way to pack your hard suitcase is to mix the two styles. Garments that wrinkle easily tend to have a better shape when folded



On the other hand, for the clothes you choose to roll, they can be placed in the crevices and outside pockets around your bag. After placing the heavy items and shoes on the bottom, let the folded and rolled clothes be the second row.


Use packing cubes:

The packing cubes will help you to know the territories. They will also help you stay as organized as possible. With the packing cubes, you will save a lot of space in the rigid suitcase. If you are sharing the hard suitcase with your partner, friend or brother, please use packing covers of a different color. In this way, you will know where to put each person's equipment. Full article about packing cubes.

Easily accessible Items:
For items that need easy access, put them in the outside pockets. These can be things like sleepwear. Avoid overloading your suitcase. If you feel the zippers tighten, open the box and check out what you can do without them. If you don't do this, the zippers on the bag may break. You wouldn't want such a scenario, would you?

Be sure to leave some space
Whether you are going for your honeymoon or a backpacking trip, you will probably buy some souvenirs. So, when packing your luggage inside your rigid suitcase, please leave some space.

This space will also prevent your bag from bursting along its seams. With space, the suitcase will be light to pull along, thus making your journey lighter and easier. 

Separate liquids from other items

Don't just throw your shampoo, toiletries, toothpaste, nail wash, and any other liquid items in the suitcase. Who knows when the bottles will leak, spill and dirty your clothes unexpectedly?
Instead, you can buy a toilet bag and put all of these items together. If you don't have this small bag, consider having it and make your suitcase environment safe. They are an intelligent investment


Carry Out a Final Check
You don't want to find out that you didn't desperately pack what you need. After you've packed everything, it's time to make sure you've done all of your work correctly.
Cross-check:
Go back to the first step and cross-check what you wrote on the list with what you have packed. Upon realizing that the zip of your suitcase cannot close up, reduce some items, especially those that have are in two’s or more.
For example, if your case is full and you have taken two sandals, consider removing one pair of shoes.  Start with a packing list and end with a packing list.


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