How to pack a suitcase at sea quickly and compactly? List of things

An article on how to pack a suitcase on vacation if you plan to vacation in Turkey, Egypt, on the sea in southern Russia, in the Crimea, in Spain, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal and other southern countries. What to take on a trip, and what not to take.

Packing a suitcase video

Before my trip to Italy, I made a video in which I tell you how to properly pack a suitcase on a plane, show how to compactly roll things, talk about what you can and cannot take with you in hand luggage on board an airplane.

The video is funny. I not only show my suitcases there, but also tell about how I decided to cheat before my vacation. You can watch a video about what to take to the sea, or continue reading the article.

Packing a suitcase for vacation


  • The passport
  • Driver’s license if you plan to rent a vehicle
  • Money. No more than $500-1000 or euro in cash, the rest on several cards.
  • Insurance abroad . I usually buy online. I applied several times, the insurance pays off many times over. The choice of insurance depends on the country. Read more: How to choose the right insurance?
  • First aid kit.
  • Lenses (with stock)
  • Renu Lens Solution
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone (aka camera and photo camera)
  • Selfie stick for shooting video
  • Macbook for work
  • Chargers for phone and computer
  • Winchester for storing photos and videos

Holiday cosmetics:

  • Shampoo
  • Body soap or gel
  • brush, paste
  • Face cream
  • Hygienic lipstick
  • Sunscreen for face and body (better to buy at home – can be expensive locally)
  • Cosmetic bag (for those who use cosmetics). I make up once a year on holidays, so I go without makeup.

What else to take on a trip?

  • Comb
  • Manicure set
  • Epilator or razors
  • Eyebrow Tweezers
  • varnish
  • Gaskets
  • Tampons (Tampax is not sold in all countries. If you use this brand of tampons, it is better to take them with you)

Clothing for vacation at sea

  • 3 dresses for every day
  • 1-2 prom dresses
  • 1 light dress to go to the beach
  • Shorts (1-2)
  • 5 shirts
  • 1 skirt
  • Pants and T-shirt for walking in a hotel or apartment
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Underwear
  • Hat (better to buy locally)
  • 2 swimsuits
  • Flip flops for the beach
  • Towel
  • Jeans (1 piece)
  • Jacket (1 piece)
  • Biker or T-shirt with long sleeves (1-2 pieces)
  • Keds (1 pair)
  • Ballerinas (1 pair)
  • Sandals (optional)

**** Above is a list of clothes that I took with me on a 25-day summer trip to Europe. We flew by plane to Prague, and from there we drove by car through Germany, Austria and Italy to the westernmost point of Sicily.

T-shirts and shorts never got out of the suitcase. She wore dresses all the time, sometimes she threw on a jacket in the evenings. Ballet shoes and sandals were not needed, I put on sneakers twice. Some slates in Italy were enough above the roof (both on the beach, and in a bar, and in a restaurant).

All of the items listed above, with proper packaging, will fit in hand luggage, but if you plan to fly low-cost airlines without luggage, then some things from the list will have to be abandoned. Their incomplete list is given below.

How to pack a suitcase on a plane (hand luggage)?

Toothpaste, deodorant and creams should be bought in packages up to 100 ml. Shampoo needs to be poured into a small jar or bought on the spot, shower gel can be bought upon arrival. All bubbles need to be put in one transparent bag with a zipper (I use bags from Serge underwear).

Hand luggage is the items you take with you on the plane.
Baggage is what is checked into the luggage compartment. Large bags, 80-liter backpacks, suitcases that are larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm and weigh more than 7-8 kg are luggage.

What can not be taken in hand luggage on a plane?

  • Scissors, files, manicure sets, knives, forks, screwdrivers, axes and other items that are cut and pricked. It is better to buy all this on the spot, then throw it away.
  • Liquid in tubes and bottles, the capacity of which exceeds 100 ml. Even if there are two drops of shampoo left in the bottle, but the bottle itself holds 150 ml, then you can’t take it in hand luggage
  • Flowers in pots (you can take a bouquet of fresh flowers)
  • Razor blade, if it is separate. Razors are not usually selected
  • Lighters (can match)
  • syringes
  • Weapons, drugs

How to pack things in a suitcase, life hacks:

  • To pack your suitcase compactly, roll things up as shown in the video. So clothes take up less space
  • Do not take voluminous wrinkled things
  • You can not take a hair dryer, especially if you live in the same hotel. More or less decent hotels have hair dryers.
  • Earth and flowers in pots cannot be transported, but if you really want to, you can wrap a flower with a pot in foil, put it in a box and hide it in a suitcase. When scanning, the foil is not translucent.
  • The lens solution I use is only available in 120 ml bottles. I erased the inscription “120 ml” and carry the solution in my hand luggage. No one has yet thought of taking the bottle away.
  • Do not put nail polish remover in a suitcase – it is likely that it will leak. It is difficult to get rid of the smell afterwards.
  • You can take some food in hand luggage. If you fly with low-cost airlines without food, you can prepare a snack at home in advance in case of hellish hunger. A small bag of tomato juice, waffles, cookies, chocolate – all this can be brought on board and quite crunchy in the airplane seat to the envy of other passengers. Do not take sandwiches with sausage and lard – hungry customs officers can take it away.

If after reading this article and watching the video you have doubts about what you can take and how to properly pack your suitcase on vacation, please write them in the comments to the post so that other travelers can read the answers. I do not answer questions in contacts and facebooks.

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