Luggage and travel bags can take up so much space. I filmed a quick video last week before heading to the beach on how to store your luggage. I’m planning to do a “packing” video in the next few weeks when we head to the beach again for our family vacation (I ran out of time last week or else I would have included this!).

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Hi, guys. It’s Alejandra. And I’m about to head to the beach for the weekend. It’s like the first mini vacation of the summer so I’m so excited. Ed and I are going with another couple of friends so it’s going to be a nice just relaxing weekend.

So anyways, I was about to start packing and I came to the guest room closet which is right behind me to grab my duffel bag and cosmetic and I figured, I haven’t really done like a travel organizing video. So this is just going to be a very quick tip on how to store your luggage because luggage tends to be so bulky and it can be hard to store. So let me just show you what works for me and maybe it will work for you.

How to Organize Luggage & Travel Bags

So this is my suitcase. This is my larger suitcase. Since it is plain black and the majority of people have a black bag, I put really colorful luggage tags on the end so I could find my bag faster at the airport. And then on the back of these tags, I forget which ones it is, but on the back I have my address. And what I did was instead of writing on this tag, I just took one of my sticker address labels and I just stuck it on and just added my phone number. So it just makes it faster to add your address on here. But these are really cute. These are from The Container Store and they have really cute sayings.

How to Organize Luggage & Travel Bags

How to Organize Luggage & Travel Bags

So anyways, so let me show you what I store inside. So again, this is my big suitcase that I use when I’m checking my luggage or going on like a really long trip. And then inside my big suitcase is where I keep my smaller suitcase that I take for shorter trips like three or four days or for trips where I’m going to bring a carry-on because this is carry-on size.

So inside my carry-on bag, I have my duffel bags. I had another one in here that I just took it out. But this is a duffel bag that I use for like weekend getaways so I’m probably going to bring this to the beach because it’s nice. It’s like the perfect size just for enough stuff. So duffel bags go inside the carry-on bag. And then I have beach bags on this side.

So this is more – this blue bag here, this is more of like – this could be a weekend bag or a pool bag or a beach bag. It’s like that nylon material that’s waterproof so it could go to the beach, which by the way, I know I’ve talked about this brand before but Baggallini, can you guys see that brand? Baggallini is an awesome brand. Their bags are just like waterproof, water-resistant. They have really nice zippers. I always talk about nice zippers but this just like zips really nicely. And all of their bags are really fun, bright colors. So if you love bright colors then you have to check out Baggallini.

All right. So what’s inside of here? So inside of this pocket, I have my smaller bags, smaller cosmetic bags. See, here’s Baggallini again. My smaller cosmetic bags for like makeup, hair accessories, what else do I put in these bags? Like medications, sometimes I’ll fill this with things and then I just bring it to the beach or the pool. So yeah, so I have a bunch of those. This is another brand I like, LeSportsac. They have really good zippers also and they have fun designs. So yeah, so this is all my cosmetic bags. This is a fun, wild design.

Then in the middle, I have – oh, this is another pool bag. This actually matches this one. This is like the insert to the big one. So again, this is a pool bag or a beach bag. And then over here, I have more like pool bags, beach bags, bags you bring to like an amusement park like Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens. I like these bags because they’re water-resistant and you can just like throw them around. You don’t have to be careful on like spilling things or getting them dirty because they just wipe clean. See, this is a LeSportsac also, just my favorite brands. Yeah, this is another like summer bag.

Organizing Seasonal Bags & Maximizing Storage Space

So I keep all of the bags that I use for summer inside of this big bag like I don’t keep purses in here that I wear year-round. This is just like summer vacation bags and travel bags.

So the point of this video is to share with you guys not only how I store my luggage, my suitcases, my duffel bags, my cosmetic bags, my travel bags, but to show you guys how you can save space if you store things together like nested inside of each other. If I stored like the pink suitcase outside the black suitcase and all the bags outside of the suitcases, it would double the amount of storage space I would need.

But if I kind of store like the smaller things inside of the medium things and the medium things inside of the larger things, it’s going to save a lot more space. So again, I have the largest check bag then the carry-on bag and then the weekend getaway duffel bags. And then inside there, you have the smallest cosmetic bags. So everything just fits perfectly inside of each other when you organize it by size.

So anyways, I hope this tip was helpful to you guys. If you store your luggage in a different manner instead of like not nested inside of each other and you want to share your tips or advice with us, leave a comment below or create a video response and show us exactly what you do.

I’m going to grab my duffel bag, pack, and head to the beach for the weekend. I will see you guys soon. Bye!

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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