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How to pack like a pro (and without forgetting anything)

Are you planning to go on a trip soon? Grace reveals the most effective method to pack your suitcase in XX steps and organize it as best as possible. For this, we followed the advice of those who know best: the air hostesses and stewards. Let’s start with the basic advice: limit yourself to two pieces of luggage (a suitcase on wheels and a shoulder bag or a backpack) so as not to be too cluttered.

1. Start with the clothes. Everything will obviously depend on the duration of your trip and the destination. Then, choose more tops (one per day) than bottoms (which you can wear several times) making sure you can coordinate them (pay attention to colors and patterns). For a week-long trip, here’s what you can pack:

7 tops (mix T-shirts and shirts)

1 pair of pants or jeans

1 skirt (and/or shorts)

2 dresses (one casual for the day, another dressier for the evening)

1 second warm layer (a sweater, a cardigan or a jacket)

1 windproof and waterproof third layer

3 pairs of shoes: one comfortable and closed, one pair of sandals, one dressy pair for the evening

Underwear and socks

1 pajamas or 1 nightgown

1 bathing suit (whether for holidays or not, the hotel can always have a swimming pool)

2. Optimize storage in the suitcase. The secret to accommodating a maximum of them without crumpling everything is folding your clothes (see video below) which can be combined with “packing cubes” or storage bags to create compartments by theme (tops, bottoms , etc.) or per day. Place what is fragile between the clothes to absorb shocks (place them first in freezer bags if they are liquids). Slip your shoes into plastic bags (and slip small items into the shoes so as not to lose space).

3. Pack the perfect toiletry bag. In this regard, we always take too much. Try to limit yourself as much as possible. Especially concerning liquid products (with containers not exceeding 100 ml if you do not put your luggage in the hold) which must fit in a transparent 1 liter bag. We will think of:

A toothbrush


Deodorant (non-aerosol)

A small brush/comb

A face and body moisturizer

Some make-up products and make-up remover wipes

Sunscreen (unless your moisturizer already includes protection)

Possibly a mosquito repellent

Sanitary pads/tampons just in case

4. Create a dedicated space for your travel essentials. Whether it’s a drawer or a shelf in your closet, create a space to store the essentials so you can get your hands on them when you go on a last-minute trip:


Charging cable for your smartphone


sleep mask

Universal power adapter and multi USB socket

External battery (charged)

Sheet where all basic contacts are listed (family, insurance, bank, etc.)

Photocopy of identity document (to be kept in the suitcase)



Compression stockings (if traveling by plane)

Packet of tissues

Small basic pharmacy in a transparent plastic bag (aspirin, dressings, anti-diarrhea, etc.)

Pair of sunglasses

All this must be stored in the same place so that nothing is forgotten.

5. Choose carefully what you put in your cabin baggage. Take with you everything you will need during the flight: earplugs, mask, headphones, book or e-reader, smartphone and cable to recharge it, external battery, magazine, pen (useful for completing formalities on arrival). Also keep your valuables with you (money, computer, etc.). Optionally, bring an inflatable travel cushion and a change of clothes if you are worried that your suitcase will be misplaced.

Check before you travel

The expiry date of your identity card or passport

Authorization by your bank to use your payment card abroad

The presence of identification tags on your luggage

Are your vaccines up to date?

Do you need an international driving permit? If so, the prefecture can issue one

The presence on your smartphone of useful applications: translator, exchange rate, maps (Google Maps with downloading of the destination area in the event of no connection, for example)


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