The suitcase is one of the most important pieces of luggage when preparing for a trip. Its organization should not be taken lightly at the risk of forgetting essential items or being penalized for excess
The suitcase is one of the most important pieces of luggage when preparing for a trip. Its organization should not be taken lightly at the risk of forgetting essential items or being penalized for excess luggage. But how to organize your suitcase correctly? To answer this question, it is first necessary to know the norms that govern luggage and its essential contents. Then, we will present some tips for storing your belongings in a travel suitcase.
International standards for a travel suitcase
The choice of a travel suitcase depends on the vehicle used. Indeed, each means of transport has its own rules, except for private transport.
First of all, if you choose to travel by rail, the weight of your luggage is not defined. However, each person must be able to carry all of his or her luggage. Each passenger can have one hand luggage and two suitcases at the most. A precise dimension is given in order to limit the space allocated to each person so that everyone is comfortable. A suitcase must measure a maximum of 158 cm divided as follows: 75 x 53 x 30 cm.
Then, for air travel, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set limits on the size and weight of luggage. On the one hand, luggage in the hold cannot exceed 20 kg with a linear measurement of 158 cm (length + width + height), including wheels, pockets, and handles. However, if there is no excess weight, it is rare to measure the suitcase unless the size is exaggerated (trunk type).
On the other hand, one suitcase is allowed in the cabin for each passenger. According to IATA, it must weigh a maximum of 10 kg and measure 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm at the most. A rigor is maintained to respect this measure. Indeed, each piece of cabin luggage cannot exceed this size at the risk of not being able to be contained in the compartment that is intended for it. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the traveler being penalized and may even result in the cancellation of his or her boarding. In order to avoid these multiple obligations, it is advisable to opt for the rental of a private jet.
The organization of a travel suitcase
The contents of a travel bag must be a carefully considered decision. It depends on the purpose of the trip and the destination, especially when you are going abroad for the first time. The clothes to bring also vary according to the climate of the country to be visited, in order to achieve the expected objectives. In addition, it is essential to draw up a checklist beforehand. It is necessary to make a list of useful items for the entire duration of the trip.
It should be prioritized in order to prevent unexpected expenses. It is clear that forgetting an important item disrupts the smooth running of the trip and causes additional expenses. In order to establish this list, it is advisable to make a sketch of an agenda of activities, noting the places to visit and especially the setting and the people to be with.
Once the choice is made, it is best to take some time to gather essential items in a room of the house. Next, get a scale to check the weight of the luggage. Each item must be weighed to avoid being overweight and having to subtract weight during boarding. The weight of the empty suitcase should be taken into account during the calculation.
Storing the travel suitcase
When all the items on the list are acquired and weighed, it is time to fill the suitcase. It is preferable to do this activity in one go to avoid wasting time or forgetting essential things. The day before departure is the best time. The first step in packing is to classify your belongings by category: shoes, clothes, underwear, and, finally, beauty and hygiene products. It is also recommended to use plastic bags, one for each category. This is an efficient practice, especially if the suitcase is large.
Folding is the second part because the size is not enough if the stuff is not arranged properly. The most common tip is to fold as many items as possible vertically. Clothes that are likely to be wrinkled should be placed at the bottom to keep them intact. Pants and underwear can be rolled to save space. Finally, check everything before closing the suitcase. The usefulness of each piece should be questioned. In addition, you can ask for help from a professional luggage packer or check out videos to help you with the task.
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