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10 tips on how to pack a suitcase in 30mins

May 25, 2017 9 Comments

I’m the kind of person who always leaving packing their suitcase till the last-minute. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know… Probably because leading up to my trip I spend so much time researching where I want to go and what I want to see I totally forget about what I actually need to bring! Leaving packing till the last-minute turned around and bit me on the bum for my most recent trip. Turns out we ended up leaving a whole 24 hours earlier than anticipated, which severely messed with my last-minute packing plans. Lesson learnt…if your flight is at midnight or close to midnight triple check the dates!

Discovering we were leaving a whole day earlier threw everything out of whack. Initially we thought we were leaving at midnight on Saturday which left me the whole day to pack and get myself organised. On Thursday night I get a nervous call from Mum telling me to hurry home from work because we actually leave Friday at midnight. After laughing for a bit and thinking she had got it wrong I headed home. When I checked the tickets I saw she was right after all. Within 5 minutes I had hauled my suitcase out of the garage and started packing.

I did have a little longer than 30 minutes to pack, a lot of it was spent snap chatting my friends about how Mum got the dates wrong…but I’ve condensed it down incase any of you unfortunately find yourself in a similar situation!

Tips on how to pack your suitcase in 30 mins

  1. Don’t lay your outfits out thinking about what goes with what, you probably don’t have time for that. Pick dresses and playsuits, that way you have a whole outfit in one
  2. If your going somewhere hot, pack jandals, they go with everything and you can wear them anywhere. If you are going somewhere cold, pack sneakers, same rules apply. You need three pairs of shoes max.
  3. Charge your camera batteries before you start packing so when your done they should be good to go
  4. Can’t decide which swimsuit to take? Take them all! They don’t take up much space anyway
  5. Roll your clothes, it’s much faster than folding them and still saves you space while preventing creases
  6. Have a skincare/makeup essentials bag ready to go. Mini sizes or samples are perfect to throw in.
  7. If you are staying at a hotel forget about shampoo, conditioner and soap, just use what they have available
  8. Use your handbag as your carry on bag. If it’s anything like my handbag it will have a lot of the stuff you will need in it already e.g lip balm, headphones, wallet, sunglasses, water bottle
  9. If you are packing something because you think you might wear it, don’t. You aren’t going to wear it.
  10. Don’t forget your pjs. Yes it seems simple but speaking from experience, it’s amazing how easy they are to forget!

Happy packing!



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    Jade Mortimer

    May 29, 2017

    Ha I am exactly the same! I never pack in advance but luckily I haven’t ever been caught off guard where I suddenly need to leave! Thanks for the tips, I’m sure I will need them someday!

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    May 29, 2017

    Yes. Totally agree with ‘if you think you might wear it, you won’t. I reckon we packed too much stuff on our long trip!

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    May 29, 2017

    Great list, agree with everything except no 7. Unless you stay in high-end hotels, usually the quality of their shampoos is poor. But maybe I’m also a bit fuzzy. I like my shampoo, conditioner and my natural soap, I always bring a travel size portion with me.
    Thanks for sharing <3

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    May 31, 2017

    I had to laugh when I read your intro. You do not know how many times this has happened to me. I can pack a suitcase in about 20 minutes…Great read.

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    June 1, 2017

    Great tips for packing in a hurry. We’ve actually had it happen the other way – that my mum thought we were leaving resort a day later than we actually were and we almost missed the transfer bus to the airport! But having a plan for packing quick prior to this would have been awesome!

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    June 2, 2017

    Great list. Pjs are my problem too haha I’ve forgotten them so many times!

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    Amanda OBrien

    June 2, 2017

    some great tips here – I always put off packing. Especially on the pyjamas – disaster if you forget these and you’re sharing a room!!

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    Agness of eTramping

    July 21, 2017

    I definitely needed these tips! Excellent and useful packing tips!

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      July 21, 2017

      Glad I could help😊👍🏼