Make a list
Consider the place you are going to and the time it will take before you want to open your closet. It is the only way to safely choose what you need and to avoid carrying extra weight or regretting any missing piece.
Use layers to pack
Think of a Lego set or Tetris and try for your belongings to cover all the free spaces inside your suitcase to make the most of it. Use a criteria to put the clothes you will use more often on the first layers and take advantage of shoes to keep smaller items inside them.
Use hand luggage properly
If you don’t want to wear a wallet or purse, but only your hand luggage, then take all your personal documents there. Remember they won’t get lost because they will be next to you all the time. Put your ID, passport, driver’s license, a form of emergency contact and everything you think makes you easy to find anywhere in the world. This is the most important part of the process. Carry a comb and some forms of makeup powder in the case of women. You can bring a change of clothes in case of any accident or stain.
Carry your medications in order
Carrying pharmaceuticals is not a game, so if you must do it, check that you bring them along with their respective prescriptions, as well as in case of chronic diseases such as diabetes, carry your doctor’s certificate stating your condition.
Check suitable luggage according to your ticket
From trips without checked luggage in the low cost airlines, to the generous first and business class tariff conditions, this is a highly changeable subject that will affect the way you pack. Check the fine print, but don’t be afraid to ask before starting the trip since clarifying this aspect may save time, money and misunderstandings.