Frequent travelers have learned how to pack a suitcase for a week and you can too if you follow some basic rules. Before packing your suitcase, you must take a few things into consideration. How many changes of clothes will you need per day? Do you want to change your underwear and socks more than once a day? Will you need more than one suit or topcoat?
- Decide on the number of changes of clothes you will need per day. Decide if you can wear the same pants a couple of times during the week.
- Group together an ensemble: shirt/blouse, stockings/socks, and underwear. Don't forget about hats, footwear and other accessories.
- Lay these groupings out on a bed or any large accommodating surface. Check to make sure you have a variety of designs and colors. Consider what activities you may be participating in during the week and select appropriate clothes for those activities.
- Put the changes of clothes in chronological order, starting with the first change of clothes and progressing to the last change of the week. Always throw in a few extra items in case an emergency occurs.
- Once you have decided on what you will wear every day, you can group each outfit and stack them in chronological order inside the suitcase. Shirts can be put in one pile chronologically as well as slacks and jeans. Accessories can be packed inside a zipped plastic bag.
- Suits, overcoats, footwear and other accessories can be packed first or last. That is an individual decision when you are deciding how to pack a suitcase.
- After selecting the toiletries you will need for a week, insert them into zipped plastic bags and pack them in a separate compartment if possible. This will prevent your clothes from being soiled if a spill occurs.
- Make sure you have enough medication for the week. Always pack extra medication in case you stay longer than you expected or have travel delays.
- Pack your laundry bags where they will be readily accessible inside your suitcase. Some travelers like to keep their whites and colors separate. Labeling your laundry bags in advance helps prevent hassle later.
- Keep a note pad and pen handy until your time of departure,so you can write down anything you may want to add to your suitcase at the last minute. Cough drops, aspirin and the like always seem to get left behind.
- Don't forget to pack an alarm clock or your favorite travel pillow. If you forget something, you can always buy a replacement somewhere during your trip.
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