Heading off to the beach? Jetting off to the islands? Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or train, knowing how to pack a suitcase properly can save you a lot of frustration. Vacation is a time to relax; you shouldn’t have to stress about how your shoes won’t fit in your carry-on. In this post, we’re focusing on how to pack shoes in a suitcase easily for summer vacation.
Suitcase Packing Tips: How to Pack Shoes For Vacation
What’s arguably the most difficult part of packing? Packing your shoes, of course. Shoes are bulky, and there doesn’t seem to be any obvious tricks for packing them efficiently…until now. Here are a few of our favorite tricks to help you answer the question how to pack shoes in a suitcase? and help you avoid the awkward move of sitting on your suitcase to zip it.
Tip #1: Narrow your shoe choices
Ask yourself: how many shoes do I really need? When packing a suitcase for a week-long vacation, pack no more than three pairs of shoes. Not sure which to pack? Consider the activities you will take part in on vacation. If you’re lounging for most of the week, you’ll likely only need sandals and casual shoes. Sneakers are always a good pair of shoes to pack, especially if you’re an active person. Dress shoes—even the cute ones—can be left at home.
Tip #2: Place your heaviest shoes near the wheels.
You’ll wear one pair of shoes on your feet to the airport—so you shouldn’t have to pack more than two to three pairs in your suitcase. If you’re packing your sneakers, pack them near the wheels of your suitcase. Sneakers are likely your heaviest pair of summer shoes, so packing them near the wheels will evenly distribute weight throughout your suitcase or carry-on. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re not fighting your carry-on through the security line.
Tip #3: Organize them around the edges.
You’ve placed your sneakers (or the heaviest pair of your summer shoes) near the wheels of your suitcase, but what do you do with the rest? Organize the other shoes you plan to pack near the edges of your suitcase. This will also help to utilize the space in your suitcase and distribute weight throughout.
Tip #4: Place flip-flops into your suitcase last.
Flip-flops and sandals are flat, which makes them the easiest shoes to pack; and if you’re heading to a tropical locale for your summer vacation, then you’re in luck. For easy access, place flip-flops into your suitcase last by adding them to the empty pockets—either on the front of your suitcase or on the inside zipper pocket. This will save you room in your suitcase for more clothes and personal items. No pockets? You could also place them on top of your clothes once you are finished packing—they’ll easily squeeze down when you zip your bag!
Tip #5: Pack socks inside your sneakers to save space.
Looking to save space in your suitcase? Need a place for smaller items to go? Pack socks, small jewelry boxes, and other tiny items inside your shoes to avoid wasted space. This also can help save your shoes by keeping their shape. If your suitcase gets squashed during your flight or is stuck at the bottom of the stack in the car, then the socks and other small items will help your shoes retain their shape.
Wondering what shoes to take on vacation? Here are the airport friendly shoes to wear this summer, plus we’ve included great summer styles to pack in your carry-on below.
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