I don't know about you, but I can attest to being the worst suitcase packer, probably of all time. Not only am I the worst packer, I am the worst un-packer. I will pack for a trip in 30 minutes only to return and leave the suitcase in its exact state for weeks after. (Yes, I am ashamed, don't worry.) Long story short, I was in desperate need of an expert to help me sort out my packing mishaps, which is why I reached out to professional organizer Tidy Tova.
In addition to lending me her unparalleled advice, she also informed me of the packing mistake everyone is guilty of—especially me. The mistake she chose to highlight was aimlessly throwing everything in a suitcase sans the planning, organization, or any effort whatsoever. Ring any bells? Ahead, prepare yourself to do some personal reflecting on your other packing mistakes as you take hold of Tidy's solutions for a disheveled and overpacked suitcase.
Scroll down to see the packing mistake we are all guilty of, plus Tidy Tova's tips on how to avoid it. Then, shop our selection of practical items to include in your suitcase.
THE #1 PACKING MISTAKE IS: AIMLESSLY THROWING EVERYTHING INTO A SUITCASE
"Basically, a big packing mistake that people make is not taking the time to make sense of their suitcases. They grab items that they want to bring on their trips and just fill up their bags with them. Overpacking is an issue too (getting into that mindset of Oh, I'll definitely want to wear this since I'll be in the Bahamas—when you know very well that that romper never looks good on you and being in the Bahamas won't change that)." — Tidy Tova
"Separate items by type (clothing together, accessories together, etc.) and either use the pockets or mesh/clear packing bags to divvy things up. For example, keep the big and bulky clothing in the main pocket and small clothing like socks and underwear in one of the small pockets."
2. Pack exact outfits.
"Do your best to plan out exact outfits and think when you'll wear what. Keep in mind that versatility is key when you pack. Those pants that you can dress up or down? Pack them!"
3. Store toiletries in clear bags.
"Store all toiletries in a clear plastic bag. This way you can see what's inside and keep everything contained and away from your clothing."
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