Packing is one of the tasks I do not look forward to when traveling. The contents of my luggage are usually one big mess, as clothes and toiletries are thrown into the bag at the last minute. Traveling with my toddler for the first time encouraged me to review my packing habits. We also had to share one suitcase so saving up on space was a must. Timmy had his own stuff, I had my own, and I didn’t want them to be one big mishmash on the flight from Manila to Cebu. What worked for me? Portioning our clothes using a baby blanket and a shawl!
Step 1: Lay out a shawl or baby blanket on the bed. At the center of the fabric, lay out the bigger pieces of clothes such as folded shorts or pants. Then top it with your other clothes that have been rolled military-style. (Click here to learn how.) Side story: Timmy was watching cartoons and didn’t want to get out of the shot.
Easy peasy. That’s how my luggage looked going to Cebu and coming back from Cebu. I prepared my husband’s suitcase the same way, wrapping his clothes up in a red shawl.
When you bundle up your clothes this way, you save a lot of space. Rolling your clothes army-style is a big boost to space-saving so I highly recommend that too. Wrapping them up in fabric for a neater way of organizing your luggage is another must-do! I’m assured that even if my suitcase goes topsy turvy in the airport, the contents of my suitcase don’t go crashing into one another.