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A well-packed suitcase and logically arranged luggage is a great convenience when traveling. It provides good access to essential things, properly protects delicate articles, and... simply takes up little space, which is crucial when traveling. We have prepared a practical guide for you, in which we share our proven ways of conveniently packing clothes in a suitcase.

Small luggage allows us to save a lot of money when traveling by plane, and well-packed clothes will help us avoid the hassle of feverish searching for a windcheater, a spare T-shirt, or comfortable shoes. However, few travelers know specific methods of folding clothes that save space in a suitcase and at the same time protect the clothes from damage or creasing. We have prepared 4 steps for you, thanks to which you will pack comfortably and without stress!


How to choose the right suitcase
Dimensions of the suitcase
Material from which the suitcase is made
Capacity and weight
Useful gadgets and accessories
Baggage security
Folding clothes in the correct order
Packed, what else?

1. How to choose the right suitcase

Wondering what to pay attention to when choosing a suitcase? Check out our determinants!
  • Dimensions of the suitcase

The dimensions of the suitcase depend on the type of our journey and the requirements specified by our carrier. Dimensions are particularly important if we travel by plane, as exceeding them may involve high surcharges at the airport. By default, we divide the suitcases into two types:
    • Hand luggage
      If you are planning a weekend trip, the ideal choice will be a cabin suitcase (also called a handy one), in which you can fit the most necessary things, and whose size will not be a problem on the go. Its standard dimensions are 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm, used in most airlines. You can also find the second dimension (used by WizzAir line among others) 40 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm. Keep in mind that the carrier has the right to specify its own customized requirements for carrying cases. If you are worried whether your suitcase meets the carrier's requirements, check out our article about the limits of the most popular airlines here.
    • Check-in suitcase
      More freedom in terms of dimensions and types of a suitcase is provided by paid checked-in baggage. Most airlines accept a limit of 158 cm, which is calculated from the sum of the three edges of the suitcase. Therefore, you do not have to worry if your suitcase is wider but shorter than others - if it does not exceed 158 cm, you can pack!
  • Material from which the suitcase is made

    • ABS - acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer is an artificial material that has found its application in many suitcase models. It is light and cheap. Thanks to its hardness it will adequately protect the objects in the suitcase, however, due to its low elasticity, it can easily be damaged, scratched, and cracked. 

      ✅ The suitcases made of ABS are ideal as hand luggage. 
      ❌ We do not advise to use them as hand luggage, as they do not tolerate flipping.
    • Polymer - a material made of mixed chemicals, which is characterized by increased flexibility and resistance to cracking. It is as light and cheap as ABS, but better protects objects. The polymer will be great for fans of distinctive colors.

      ✅ Better protection of suitcase contents, increased flexibility.
      ❌ We do not advise to use it as checked-in baggage, it can be damaged if flipped more strongly.
    • Polypropylene - a combination of polycarbonate and ABS. It is characterized by higher strength than other materials and exceptional flexibility, which prevents cracks and scratches. In addition, polypropylene is resistant to temperature changes - it can handle both low and high temperatures. However, it is more expensive and heavier than other materials.

      ✅ Resistant to temperature changes, scratches, and cracks.
      ❌ We advise against using polypropylene suitcases as hand luggage because of their heavyweight.
    • Polycarbonate is the most resistant material of all plastics. It is light but hard and very flexible - it returns to its original shape even after strong impacts. It is an ideal material if you travel a lot by plane. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive plastic, but with its high price, we can be sure of high quality.

      ✅ Ideal for checked luggage - it is resistant to shocks and dents, it returns to its original shape. 
      ❌ High, prohibitive price.
    • Polyester - well-known and popular material is ideal if you are looking for a soft suitcase. Suitcases made of polyester are light and capacious - you will fit into them much more than you might think at first sight. Sewn-in pockets make it easy to put things in the suitcase. Polyester suitcases are easy to transport and store, and thanks to the use of fabric, they do not terribly crack or scratch.

      ✅ The polyester suitcase is light, capacious, and practical - it will be perfect as hand luggage for a week's trip. 
      ❌ It is not waterproof, can tear.
    • Nylon is an extremely durable fabric that will provide your suitcase with additional moisture protection thanks to its waterproof coating. Thanks to the flexible material, you will be able to fit more of your favorite items in the suitcase.

      ✅ The additional waterproof coating protects things from moisture. 
      ❌ It can tear.
  • Capacity and weight

The suitcases are divided into three categories: large, medium, and small. Their capacity should depend on the length of our journey and the means of transport we will use. When choosing a suitcase, you should also check its weight, as it is included in the designated limit of kilos. Check which option will be the best for you!
    • Large - suitcases with a capacity of 85 to 130 liters. This type of suitcases is the heaviest - they can weigh up to 4 kg! They are a perfect choice if you are planning a longer journey (>14 days).
    • Medium - suitcases with a capacity of 50 to 84 liters. Slightly lighter than large suitcases, weighing from 2 to 3 kg, they are the perfect choice for week-long trips. They are easy to transport and do not take up too much space.
    • Small - the most popular type of suitcases, also called cabin suitcases, are suitcases with a capacity of 25-49 liters and weight up to 3 kg. Small and handy, they will prove themselves both during a train journey, in a plane cabin, or in a trunk. Light and easy to carry, they are the most frequently chosen model. The ideal choice for a weekend trip and short, undemanding trips.
  • Wheels

Did you know that the wheels on the suitcases only appeared in 1970? It was then that an American inventor, Bernard Sadow, came up with the idea of installing wheels to make it easier to carry heavy luggage. Since then, wheels have become an integral part of a good suitcase and are an indicator of its quality. What should you pay attention to when choosing wheels? 
    • Number of wheels: 
      • Two-wheeled suitcases - designed to be pulled behind you, two-wheeled suitcases distribute the weight of the baggage on the moving parts and the handle. They are more susceptible to damage but are easy to drive.
      • Four-wheeled suitcases - designed for pushing, often have swivel wheels that make it easier to maneuver the suitcase. They can be pushed or pulled. If the suitcase is pushed, the weight of the luggage is evenly distributed over the four casters, which guarantees a lower failure rate, relieves the shoulders, and increases the comfort of carrying the suitcase.
    • Type of castors: 
      • Plastic castors - an older and cheaper model of castors, which is suitable for lighter luggage, especially for small cabin cases. When they hit or collide with an obstacle, they are easily damaged, chipped, or cracked, and their replacement is problematic.
      • Rubber castors - a newer, more solid, but more expensive model of castors, the current benchmark of quality. Rubber castors allow easy maneuvering and pulling of luggage. They are resistant to shocks and damage. They will work well with any kind of suitcase. If you are looking for quality, you should choose rubber wheels.

Since you know what clothes you need to pack, think about whether you need to pack any additional accessories for your trip.

  • Just in case, bring a small, portable stain remover, which you can buy at any drugstore and a disposable washing powder (necessarily tightly packed in a plastic, protected, ziplock bag) in case something happens to your favorite clothes.

  • If you want to organize your luggage better - decide to buy packing cubes -  space organizers in a suitcase. Some of them compress clothes, so you save a lot of space. You can divide clothes into specific sets for each day or divide them by type - for example, holding shirts in one organizer, and skirts in another.

  • If you wear shirts, dresses or a suit during your trip and have space in your suitcase - consider packing a hand-held steam ironing device to remove small creases on your shirt or blouse.

3. Baggage security

Have you already planned sets of clothes for all weather and a suitably small suitcase is ready? Great - now it's time to secure your luggage so that it doesn't get hurt while traveling.

How to secure ...

  • Shoes
    When packing shoes - pack them in a plastic bag so that their soles do not touch your clothes.

  • Elegant clothes
    If you pack clothes such as elegant shirts, jackets, or dresses - take care of covers that protect them from dirt, creases, or other mechanical damage. Warning! When you pack a shirt, always pack it with the buttoned-up and the collar up.

Additional tips for ...

  • The smell of clothes
    A great way to ensure the freshness of your clothes while traveling is to get small scented sachets, thanks to which the fresh smell of laundry will last even a long flight by plane.

  • Organization
    If you have a small suitcase, and you are afraid that when you move around and open the suitcase it will be one big mess inside, secure its contents with packing cubes.

4. Folding clothes in the correct order

If delicate items are already secured - it's time to fold and pack clothes in the right order.

  1. Bottom layer

At the very bottom put shoes secured with plastic bags, rolled up jeans, and T-shirts. This way of folding creates secure cushioning for the rest of the luggage, but also protects against creasing.

  1. Middle layer

On this layer put another - folded and secured items that are exposed to creases.

  1. The top layer

The upper layer should be pants and dresses folded in half. Use the full length of the suitcase to pack them. Place small items and accessories on top, using the free spaces. Warning! If you are carrying an empty thermos, food containers or other objects with empty space inside - use it. You can slip in a belt, earrings, charger, or nail polish.

⚠️ These are just some basic rules to follow. However, if you want to save space in your suitcase, read our guide, in which we describe in 6 steps how to put clothes in your suitcase.
🔔 Additionally, if you want to avoid creases and fold your clothes more efficiently, choose the right packing technique - we wrote more about it in this article. You will find there ready-made video instructions with a description.
Appropriate baggage organization, planning of sets, use of packing cubes, or the most convenient packing strategies - this is an inseparable part of stress-free travel. With MyLuggage, not only will you learn the best ways to pack your suitcase, but you will also get a personalized list of packing cubes so you won't forget anything that can be useful during your trip!

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Appropriate luggage organization - planning sets, using packing cubes, or the most convenient packing strategies - is an inseparable element of a stress-free journey. Thanks to MyLuggage, you will not only learn about the best ways to pack a suitcase but also get a personalized packing list so you don't forget about anything that might be useful during your trip!