Packing efficiently saves you from having to lug around extra bags and being charged oppressive baggage fees. If you really want to get the most space efficiency out of your luggage, consider this new perspective on packing from someone used to almost living out of one, Shaun Huberts of the band Rococode: the easiest way to view your pack is to see it as a game of Tetris.In Huberts' book, How to Pack Like a Rock Star, he explains:
The purpose of the game of tetris is to combine blocks of different shapes and sizes to form complete compact rows. This same concept can be applied to packing your clothes. Picture each article of clothing as a different shape, just like the various blocks in the game. With a proper folding method, every piece becomes a simple square building block.
The book is packed with photos and tips on folding, placement strategies and other travel advice. Among them, creating a foundation of heavier items in a horizontal row along the bottom and then building from heavy to light. Continuing the Tetris analogy, the first level is pants, and a great tip is to keep your jeans stitching facing outwards so you can easily identify them. Second level -- t-shirts, third level -- dress shirts (because they wrinkle easier so you want less pressure), fourth level -- jumpers and hoodies, fifth -- jackets, sixth -- toiletries. Each of these items is stacked against the other snugly in rows.
For removing and replacing items, think Jenga, compressing the stack to remove an item and placing it on top so you know where your clean items begin and end.
How to Pack Like a Rock Star is $US25 and a great read. You might actually start seeing packing as fun.
How to Pack Like a Rock Star [Rococode]