Summer is well upon us and is the perfect opportunity to take a trip. No matter where your adventures bring you, you need to know how to pack efficiently for every trip you may take this summer. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo have gathered some clothing packing tips to help you in all of your packing needs.

 

Stuff Shoes

Shoes often take up more room than anything else in a box or suitcase but they have lots of empty space inside. Stuff smaller items such as underwear and socks inside your shoes. This especially comes in handy when traveling. You can also put small accessories such as jewelry inside of your shoes.

 

Roll Your Clothing

Clothing takes up much less space when it’s tightly rolled rather than being folded. Tightly roll all of the clothes that are small enough to roll such as t-shirts and other non-stiff clothing items. Then lay them out in rows squeezed against each other. This also helps your clothing stay wrinkle-free. Stiffer items such as blazers and dress pants will need to be folded instead and placed above your rolled clothing.

 

Pack in Layers

Think of your suitcase or storage box as a layered cake by packing different items on different layers. Put your heaviest items such as shoes or winter coats on the very bottom layer. Layer two can be all of your rolled clothing. Layer three can be all of the remaining folded clothing stacked by alternating waists and hems. All of your other personal items can go on the very top layer. You can even use an empty garbage bag to put between your clean and dirty clothes during your travels.

 

Put Fragile Items in Center

Anything that can easily be broken shouldn’t be just thrown into a box or suitcase without any thought. We suggest putting fragile items in the very center and on the very top of rolled clothing. Other folded clothing can be placed on top of your fragile items (as long as they aren’t too heavy) for that extra layer of protection. Make sure everything is packed in tight so the fragile items don’t roll around while traveling.

 

Now that you are proficient in packing you can be well on your way when it comes to traveling this summer. If you need to store some items while you are away there is no better place than All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We can give you the peace of mind you need while you are away.