I just got back from a great vacation, so here's a post inspired by my trip.
Here are my top 3 tips on packing your clothes for a trip:
Roll your clothes. This prevents creases and wrinkles, makes your clothes compact so you can fit more in your suitcase, and makes it easy to get to each item because clothes aren’t stacked on top of each other. First, fold the clothes lengthwise then roll them up snugly. For kids, it’s helpful to roll complete outfits together, underwear and socks included.
To help shoes, bras, and caps keep their shape, stuff them with socks and underwear.
Decide what you want to bring, then remove 2-3 items. It’s tempting to try to pack for every eventuality, but the tradeoff is that you’re hauling around a lot of things you probably won't use and that will get in your way. It’s highly unlikely that the tropical island will have a blizzard or that the ski resort will become unbearably warm. Unless you’re going to a remote area with no stores, you’ll be able to pick up an inexpensive sweatshirt, umbrella, jacket, or whatever, if absolutely necessary. Plus this way you’ll have a little room for a souvenir!