A light and manageable suitcase can make travel more enjoyable. This requires careful attention to packing, but a bit of planning can make the task approachable. The process begins with the selection of clothes that coordinate with multiple other items being packed, so that the packer can create as many outfits as possible with the minimal number of pieces.
Garment material also matters. Wools and cottons wrinkle less than other fabrics and thus can often be rolled to make more space in the suitcase, particularly if the fabric is light. Heavier or stiffer items, once folded, can go into a plastic bag that minimizes creasing.
Rolled clothes can go into the bottom of the suitcase or into smaller corners, while rolled socks and liquids fit into pockets or shoes. Shoes can be placed at the edges of the bag and should be comfortable and versatile enough to not require many pairs. Finally, if possible, the traveler should attempt to wear his or her heaviest clothes during actual travel days, which saves more room in the suitcase for other items.