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How to Pack a Suitcase Like a Pro. Your Radley London Guide

22 June 2022

Your holiday is planned and booked. And there’s just one thing left to do before you set off on a well-deserved break. We’re here to share tried and tested tricks for how to pack a suitcase efficiently. For every type of holiday. Maybe you’re not even sure where to buy suitcases? No problem. We make those too.

Taking off for a weekend city break

You need our Radley Dog Stripe Small Suitcase. Super lightweight (we make the shell from polycarbonate) with the interior divided into two halves, which we divided again with zipped compartments. So you’ll know exactly where everything is when you arrive at your destination. Start by thinking of how to pack a suitcase to maximise space. You can get away with just one pair of shoes for a weekend if they have wear-me-everywhere appeal like our Malton trainers.

Of course handbags are the best part of the packing process. For a weekend, two should be the perfect number. A backpack like Lorne Close is made for days when you want to carry everything from a reusable coffee cup to a guidebook. And we’re British so we never leave home without an umbrella. For evenings out you’ll love the chic I’m-no-tourist appeal of Manor Grove

Our top packing tip for preserving a bag’s shape while travelling is all about technique. Have you ever wondered whether it’s better to roll or fold clothes? To help maintain the shape of your handbag, roll them. Placing inside the bag when packing. Thank us later.


How to pack a suitcase for a week in the sun

Start with one of our Medium Four Wheel Suitcases. We think it’s the best thing on four wheels (makes easy work of gliding through airports). It even comes with a TSA-approved lock for peace of mind. When you’re thinking about how to pack a suitcase, imagine yourself sipping margaritas by the sea. What do you see yourself wearing? Sandals that glisten in the sun. Like our  Taymont Rise sandals.

Picture how you want the rest of your week to look and that’s how to pack a suitcase for a week stress-free. For beach and pool days you need a good-sized tote bag. Go colourful with our Maple Cross Paisley tote. Choose a pale-toned bag as a dressier option. Mill Bay makes a great plus-one at dinner.

Time to pick your key outfits. Picture how you want to spend your days, we bet it’s more time spent outdoors and less staring at wardrobes. So keep it simple with denim shorts and T-shirts for the day, and a midi or maxi dress for the evening. Then it’s time to think of the important last-minute accessories. Like sunglasses. They take up hardly any space but add instant movie-star appeal. Stay hydrated and help save the planet with a reusable water bottle.

Staying organised on a two-week adventure holiday

It’s no problem with our Travel Essentials Large Trolley Case. We made sure there were pockets - inside and out - so the important things aren’t always falling to the bottom of your case. It’s large size will make sure you have plenty of room, especially if you follow our travel packing tips and tricks. Planning a walking holiday? Your boots will be your bulkiest item. We recommend a sturdy style like our Hiking Boots, with cleated rubber soles and tough leather construction. Follow the same tips for packing handbags. Stuff each boot with rolled up clothes to keep their shape and make more room for the fun stuff. Like gifts to bring home.

With boots this comfy you’ll be covering a lot of ground. Make sure every step is recorded with our activity tracker smart watch. As well as a step count, this watch monitors your heart rate, measures distance covered, and calories burned. Bragging rights are yours. 

While you’re out getting back to nature, do it with a bag that’s kind to the planet. Our Radley Responsible range is made with recycled plastic bottles. Carry all your necessities - from an all-important water bottle to a slimline card-holder that won’t weigh you down - in the perfect backpack

And there it is, our Radley London guide on how to pack a suitcase step by step. Make sure you take a look at our full luggage range. Don’t forget to send us a postcard.