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Determining how to pack shoes for travel can be difficult especially if you’re trying to pack light.  To make it easier, start by choosing a container such as a shoe bag then pack according to your type of luggage. Follow these tips and I’ll show you how!


How To Pack Shoes for Travel


Types of Packing Organizers


Plastic Grocery Bags


Plastic bags are an inexpensive option and a great way to recycle.  I usually carry a pair of flip flops in a plastic bag because I don’t want the rest of my stuff to get dirty.  For bulkier shoes, I like to place each shoe into two different bags, as it makes it easier to organize my luggage.


Drawstring Shoe Totes and Bags



If you want something a little more stylish and aesthetically pleasing, I like to use drawstring totes.  The one I use most often is a part of my Lululemon gym bag, because it is made of a durable and waterproof material.  Cotton drawstring totes would also work but wouldn’t be as useful if shoes are damp or wet.


Jetset Travel has a cute and durable waterproof travel pouch to stylishly help you transport your shoes.  If you prefer a packing cube, check out this Compass Rose Packing Cubes by Travel Fashion Girl!


How To Pack Your Shoes





Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack like this one, it is important to put your shoes in first, at the bottom.


Shoes tend to be heavier; putting them at the bottom not only balances your pack, but also makes it easier to find them. The idea is to always place the heaviest item (shoes or other) at the bottom of your luggage.


Because I always bring flip flops on every trip, I put those in an outside pocket for easy access when I need to get out of the shoes I am wearing.





When planning how to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on remember that it’s packed sideways so it is important to note how it functions when it is upright. Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels, so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit.

Sometimes, if shoes are lighter, I pack them to the side to maximize any unused space.


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On average, the maximum pairs of shoes a weekender bag can hold is one. Just like a backpack, place the shoes at the bottom of the bag to maximize your space.  Otherwise, it might be impossible to fit the rest of your belongings.





While most of us like to travel light and not worry about waiting for checked luggage, sometimes it’s necessary.

In this situation, I separate and wrap each shoe with different plastic bags or drawstring bags.  I then place the heavier shoes at the bottom of the suitcase.  When the heavier shoes are in place, I pack the suits and accessories and use the lighter items as a filler.


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