Do you dread packing? Do you long to be less stressed, even organized when you pack for your next trip? Read on to learn my best {simple} packing tips with AND see a picture inside my suitcase.

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How to pack an organized suitcase.

TIP #1: Pack “File Style”

A while back, my daughter walked into my room while I was packing. After she saw my distressed look, she said, “Mom, why don’t you pack like me?”

My girls said that I originally taught them “file style” when I showed them to fold t-shirts and pajamas in their drawers. I’d just forgotten to do the same in my suitcase.

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Now, I fold all my clothes and “file” them into my suitcase. I have all my PJs, shirts, workout and casual clothes filed on the left.

TIP #2: Use Packing Cubes for Categories

I’m using two packing cubes. In the one under my jeans, I have the category of swimwear and coverups. They are slippery so the suits don’t pack “file style” as well and are therefore a good category for a zipped cube.

The other cube is on top of the shoes, in the picture below, with all underclothes. Again, a slippery, uneven category that works best in a zippered packing cube.

TIP #3: Pack for Outings

Now you know how to pack an organized suitcase, I also like to think ahead so I’m prepared when I arrive at my travel destination. For this trip, I packed a plastic baggie of sunscreen and supplies that we then put directly into a backpack whenever we left for an outing.

TIP #4: Use My Packing Planner

The hardest part of packing for me is deciding what to bring to wear.

Now, using my packing planner, I first think of what I’ll be doing each day.

I write that down along with what I would wear for each of those activities.

Then, I pack it.

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Sometimes, I even pack the clothes in order of when I’ll where each outfit.

I throw my planning sheet inside my suitcase so I don’t have to remember any of it. I just look at my list each morning and get dressed.

It worked GREAT on this trip. Here’s mine from our last trip.

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There are additional places on the planner for you to customize what you pack and jot down notes.

TIP #5: Lay hanging clothes across the top.

I put my dressy clothes inside a plastic zipped cover and laid them across the top. This keeps them less wrinkly and I could grab them and immediately hang them up when we arrived.

This trip was for 10 days so I am using a larger suitcase. Typically I pack in a carry on.

BONUS TIP: Use Straws

Even though I have a jewelry pouch that I use to pack my earrings, rings, and chunkier jewelry, I love this idea for delicate chains. I took this screenshot on Instagram so I can remember to try this next time I travel.

I have one chain on my dresser now that has a little tangle in it from my last trip. Ugh.

Do your necklaces or chains get tangled when traveling. Next time pack your jewelry with straws. Organize your jewelry when you pack and keep the tangles out.

Leave your favorite packing tips in the comments and maybe I’ll do a Packing Tips Part II. Go to my travel Pinterest board for more organized travel ideas.

Happy packing!

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Learn how to pack an organized suitcase using my free packing planner. Never feel overwhelmed or disorganized packing for a trip again. Learn how to pack an organized suitcase using my free packing planner. Never feel overwhelmed or disorganized packing for a trip again.

Tracy Hoth