By jodi grundig

Learn our tips for packing a suitcase efficiently for your next family vacation

I never want to overpack and need to maximize our luggage space. However, I also don’t want to forget anything .

Start With Packing Lists

I always start with basic packing list templates and then add on from there. I usually go through these a few days before my trip. 

Purchase the Best Luggage

If you are a family of frequent travelers, I’d recommend buying a good set of luggage in a unique color.

Use Packing Cubes

Packing cubes can be a complete game-changer when it comes to packing a suitcase. They are easy to use and reasonably priced

Separate Items for Each Family Member

That way, if a bag is lost, you'll still have some essentials for everyone in the family.

Effectively pack toiletries

Because I travel frequently, I keep a small toiletry bag filled with essentials like deodorant, toothpaste, floss, and a toothbrush,

Packing Shoes in Your Luggage

If the soles of your shoes are dirty, it can be a good idea to tuck that pair of shoes into an inexpensive shower cap.

Use a Luggage Scale

I recommend purchasing a cheap luggage scale so you can be sure of your bag’s weight before leaving your home.

Pack a Carry On Bag

With most airlines charging for any checked bag, sometimes you may just want to travel with carry-on luggage, especially for a shorter trip