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Packing Your Suitcase Like a Professional

Professional organizers share tips for maximizing space

by Brad

Summertime means travel time for many people, and one of the best ways to ensure a fun time is by being organized. But not only is an organized itinerary important--it's also important to have an organized suitcase! Whether you're going through customs, airport security, or just tossing your luggage in the back of the car for a road trip, keeping all your travel necessities safe and tidy is essential for a good time.

"What's better than going on vacation? Nothing! But a close second is a brand-new suitcase in my favorite color!" says Angela Rathbun of Blue I Style, referring to her new Eagle Creek Blue 26" Explore 4-Wheeled Luggage. She also uses our Eagle Creek Translucent Specter Pack-It Folders and Shoe Sacs to keep her belongings from becoming messy during long journeys.

Organized Mama Jessica Litman uses the Eagle Creek products for not only clothing, but also for her children's toys. The handy pouches keep toys and games accessible during long trips. "These packing cubes are what changed my entire packing game for good," she insists. "I love using the Cinch Sac for storing LEGOS for the kids--and also for our headphones and chargers!"

Jessica also recommends starting with a packing list to make sure nothing important is left behind. "To start, I give each family member their own checklist. Then I write down everything they will need for the trip. Each checklist is stored near their packing cubes," she says. To make things easier, each family member's cubes are also color-coded. "For example, my son is blue, so all the blue packing cubes are his. I can have him pull out the outfits he wants to wear and he can roll them into the packing cubes," she explains.

For Joni and Kitt (Practically Perfect LA), the Specter Pack-It Cubes are also a must-have for beachwear and towels. "Our families' belongings have never been so well-contained!" they raved on Instagram. Another advantage of the Specter Cubes is their construction; made from a parachute-like polyester, they're 50% lighter in weight than the original Pack-It Cubes, as well as stain-resistant, water-resistant, and machine washable.

You can peruse our entire line of Eagle Creek travel products here. And don't forget to check out our Projects & Inspiration page for more organized travel tips!