Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How to pack an organized suitcase

Hey ya'll! So today I thought I would share how I pack my suitcase. Having an organized suitcase helps me so much when we go out of town. And it's starting to be that time of year again where we go on vacations and little weekend getaways. We just went out of town last week and so I snapped a few pictures of how I like to pack my suitcase. 

The first thing I do is check the weather of where I'm going. On this trip it was warm and sunny, so I packed capris, shorts and one pair of jeans for the drive home. I also packed a light jacket just in case the nights got chilly. Then I pick a dominate color that I use in all my outfits. I find it easier because my nail polish and purse will coordinate with all my outfits.

After I have my main color, I lay out my outfits and start piecing together my accessories. In our last trip I needed four outfits. I try to make it where I can wear the same shoes multiple times. 

I then take my outfits of choice and use the large ziplock bags to combine them. I put the outfit, my undies (you can't see them in the pictures because I hid them!), and my jewelry to wear with that outfit all together in the baggie. For my earrings, I use these little plastic baggies to keep them from getting lost. You can find them in the craft store in the jewelry making department. I actually use those to store my jewelry too. I might just have to share how I have my jewelry organized in a later post! 

I love packing my suitcase like this. Getting dressed while I'm on vacation is just a no-brainer. I grab the bag for that day and everything I need is in there. It makes getting ready just so much faster and easier

I also try to get as much air out of the baggies as I can. Everything fits in my suitcase so much better this way. Also not shown in the picture is a swimsuit. I always pack one just in case the hotel has a pool and the kids want to swim. We didn't have time to swim in the hotel's pool on this trip. But, if I didn't pack one, everyone would have probably wanted to, isn't that the way it always goes?

To make packing a little bit easier, I try to get caught up on the laundry the day before I pack. It makes picking out my outfits a lot easier. And I use a list. I am a big list person. I think I may have a list for everything in my life, ha! 

So that's how I pack my suitcase, do ya'll have any tips to share for an organized suitcase? I would love to hear them in the comments!

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  1. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. Stopping in from Live Laugh Linky

  2. This is amazing! And like all truly great organizing ideas, it is so easy! I am co-hosting the Pinterest Power Party this week and am adding this to my organization board. I would love for you to connect with me on Pinterest (@lovenerdmaggie) and take a look at some of my own projects (@blog.thelovenerds.com).

    1. Thanks so much Maggie! I will check out your projects too! :)

  3. Love the baggie idea. Just like bring a swim suit just in case, extra zip lock bags always come in handy.

  4. This is such a great idea, Allie! I may have to implement this the next time I travel.

    1. Thank you so much Chelsea! I love reading your blog and your organizing tips!

  5. Welllll!!!! This is an amazing idea!

    xo Michelle

  6. These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  7. What a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing, visiting from Embracing Change. So glad I stopped by!

  8. Love this idea! Are these 2 Gallon or 3 gallon ziploc bags?