Packing your suitcase for a tropical getaway can feel like a game of Tetris. How can you fit everything perfectly into your bag, all without damaging things en route? Should you fold your one piece and scrunch up your bikini bottoms? (Psst! Please don’t do either!) Check out these luggage packing tips and learn how to pack your favorite swimsuits like a pro.
How to Properly Pack Your Favorite Swimsuits
Bring multiple suits – and pack one in your carry-on.
If you’re lucky enough to have a drawer full of gorgeous swimsuits, why not bring all of your options on vacation? You never know if you’ll be in a strappy bikini, floral tankini, or sassy one-piece mood, so pack plenty of choices for your future self. You’ll be glad you did! Fashion moods aside, packing multiple swimsuits is practical, too. Have you ever had to shimmy into a wet swimsuit? "Comfortable" isn't the first word that comes to mind. When you pack several swimsuits, you can hang your daytime beach suit out to dry and don another suit for moonlight hot-tubbing. Genius! Don’t forget to stick a swimsuit in your carry-on bag as well. In the unfortunate event that your checked bag is lost, you won't have to lounge by the pool in your airport attire.
Stack tops with molded cups.
Molded cups provide extra support and accentuate your bust, so it’s important to maintain their structure while traveling. Stack swimsuit tops with molded cups on top of one another to help prevent them from getting crushed in your suitcase. Plus, packing them this way will conserve space – and who doesn’t want more space for coverups, shoes, and accessories?
Bring empty plastic bags for wet swimsuits.
While you don’t want to deprive yourself of a last-minute swim before you hit the sky for home, you also don't want to shove a sopping wet swimsuit in-between your everyday clothes. Stash a few gallon sized plastic bags in your luggage to transport wet swimsuits without getting saltwater or chlorine on the rest of your clothing. Just make sure you unpack these plastic bags quickly when you get home – you don’t want your swimsuits to get musty or moldy!
Pack a travel-size delicate or lingerie soap for cleaning your suits.
Your swimsuits will experience everything over the course of your vacation: chlorine, saltwater, sand, sunscreen, and maybe even a splash of spilled pineapple margarita (hey, no judgment here). Don’t wait until you’re home to clean your beloved swimsuits! Pack a small bottle of delicate wash or lingerie soap so that you can freshen up your suits by hand in the hotel room. The longer those liquids and chemicals sit on your suit, the more damage they can do to the elastic, color, and fabric.
Bring pieces you can mix and match.
Are you short on luggage space? If you can’t bring every swimsuit your heart desires, bring pieces you can mix and match. For example, black bikini bottoms can be paired with an endless variety of bikini and tankini tops, both printed and solid-colored. A stylish one piece can double as a bodysuit for an evening out. Swim shorts can also work as hiking shorts. Think creatively and pack strategically! With these luggage packing tips and a little practice, you’ll be packing swimsuits like the most experienced jet-setters. Now it's time to unleash your wanderlust. Start your next vacation with a beautiful new swimsuit and a fresh look. Shop La Blanca’s latest swimwear styles today!