Burrito Method of Packing

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If you’ve followed my blog for the past year, you’ll know that I traveled A LOT in 2010!  Business trips, friend’s weddings, baby showers, holidays and vacations were the main reasons.  And my 2011 is shaping up to have a good amount of travel as well!  πŸ™‚  Southwest and Delta (hello status and First Class) are my best friends as I don’t have to pay baggage fees on either!!  But, we are not always so lucky to be able to fly our favorite airlines and sometimes a checked bag costs a hefty $25!  So I’ve pretty much been trained now to pack everything (for up to 9 days) into my trusty ole mini red suitcase.

Here she is!!  Please excuse its’ rough look (that’s from when I HAD to check this sucker b/c I had too many carryons).  I love how her wheels roll in every which direction, perfect for pushing and dragging around the terminal, up and down the escalator, on and off the tram, and out to your rental car!  Anyhow, I just wanted to share a new method of packing that I recently discovered, the “Burrito Method of Packing“!  No, you don’t need to be a Chipotle burrito roller to know how to do this. In the past, i used to fold my clothes in half (like most fold laundry) and place it in my suitcase one on top of another.  And when I take the clothes out, it’s wrinkle city.  But this burrito method is anything but.  You simple fold each article of clothing in half the long way, then roll away, like a burrito.

Look at those burrrritos!  Saves space in your suitcase and doesn’t make wrinkles, wowza!!

And here are a few other tips I have for packing smart:

1) Pack neutrals. A simple white t-shirt: you can dress it up with jeans, heels and a long necklace or dress it down with jeans and sandals.

2) Stick to the same color family. For those of us that aren’t daring enough to mix black and brown, it’ll be easier to stick with one base color.  If I am bringing 1-2 pairs of black dress shoes (because shoes take up a lot of space), I usually make sure my pants are black, grey, khaki and my tops match with those.

3) Put your shoes in plastic grocery bags. This ensures that your dirty shoes don’t get all over your clothes, I like it.

Got any travel tips to share?


  1. January 6, 2011 / 12:45 am

    YES! This is how I pack, girl! It’s the best way for me. =D


  2. January 6, 2011 / 2:21 am

    This is how I pack also. I packed for a 2 week trip to Japan with a luggage that is about a size of a duffel bag. I rolled my clothes and I managed to bring two pairs of shoes with me. I brought three plastic bags for dirty clothes and for shoes. Travel sized toiletries are a must! :3

  3. January 6, 2011 / 2:23 am

    Hee hee… Me too! burrito is the best way!! and then I use the shoe bags for dirty laundry on the way back… small ones you know? πŸ˜€

  4. January 6, 2011 / 2:29 am

    i’m a burrito packer because i tend to over pack πŸ™‚

  5. January 6, 2011 / 3:17 am

    I am the worlds best packer haha. I can pack a couple hours before and have everything I need lol I consider it one of my talents ha!

    *Put your socks in your shoes πŸ˜€ they keep your shoes from getting deformed when being squished into your suitcase! (especially heels or boots) They’re an untapped extra space haha. unless your shoes smell… then… probably not a good idea haha.

  6. January 6, 2011 / 3:23 am

    I like this guy, heΒ΄s good :))

  7. January 6, 2011 / 4:26 am

    Burrito packing is the way to go! Saves so much space, and minimizes wrinkles! My travel tip is to pack one scarf, whether it’s a fun print or solid colored pashmina – that way you can dress up an outfit from day to night, and have something handy when the weather gets chilly all of a sudden!

  8. January 6, 2011 / 4:49 am

    This is how I do it as well….and I SOOOO second the grocery bag for shoes!! I also put all my liquids, shampoo, etc into sandwich or freezer bags and put a rubber band at the top of each…I cannot tell you how many times that has saved a HUGE mess from getting all over my clothes….love your burritos sweetie:)Hoping to take bow pics this weekend when Chloe is home…..Im thinking I need to move my pic taking inside now:(

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  9. January 6, 2011 / 5:42 am

    I don’t travel quite as often, but when I do, I travel light! I don’t remember the last time I checked in a bag! Even when I was traveling for my wedding/ honeymoon, I was able to carry everything on…even my wedding dress!! It alleviates soo much stress! No waiting for long lines to check, or waiting for baggage claims πŸ™‚

  10. January 6, 2011 / 6:36 am

    I’m so in on the burrito method…esp after having to get all of my new purchases from the states home in my suitcase (never want to do that again).
    And Happy New Year!!! I’ve missed you and your blog πŸ™‚ But I’m happy to be back finally!

  11. January 6, 2011 / 6:38 am

    Such a great idea – i also travel light and roll! Oh and i have tons of pretty wash bags to pack in jewellery, make up etc
    Rachie xo

  12. Roxanna
    January 6, 2011 / 6:53 am

    Yep! Just did this for my clothes for my weekend trip to LA! I tend to roll several tops together to save even more space! Now, if there was only a great, slimmer alternative to running shoes…

  13. January 6, 2011 / 7:37 am

    I definitely have to try this, I’ve been hearing that one should roll their clothes when packing for years but I’ve never actually given it a go. I would love to get to my destination and not immediately become acquainted with the hotel room ironing board =)

  14. January 6, 2011 / 7:44 am

    This is exactly how I pack too. Except I also follow the rule: Only take what you REALLY need. That usually helps to reduce the amount of stuff in my suitcase.

  15. January 6, 2011 / 7:47 am

    I don’t travel nearly as much as you do, but I’m planning on using that burrito method next time I pack! πŸ™‚

  16. January 6, 2011 / 8:08 am

    That’s how I pack too usually! It saves so much space and keeps nasty creases out of the clothes! πŸ™‚


  17. January 6, 2011 / 8:35 am

    That is sooo how I pack, too! I definitely had to use this when packing for a semester in London – 4 months worth of stuff in a rather tiny suitcase…I’m doing a bunch of traveling this year too! I’m excited! πŸ™‚

  18. January 6, 2011 / 8:43 am

    I’m TERRIBLE at packing. Horrible and terrible. I always pack way more than I need and I’m definitely not good at making it all fit in a suitcase. Whereas for hubby it’s like a puzzle, lol.

  19. Mandy S
    January 6, 2011 / 8:52 am

    I never knew about this way of packing! We travel a lot to see family and this will be so HELPFUL!! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!!

  20. January 6, 2011 / 9:09 am

    yup this is precisely the way i pack too! saves sooooo much more (needed) space!

  21. January 6, 2011 / 9:12 am

    Great idea! I love that you call it the burrito method <3

  22. Huiwen
    January 6, 2011 / 9:12 am

    I roll as well. πŸ™‚ I still really, really hate packing. So much harder being a girl and trying to match things and being prepared for different situations.

    I also put jewelry into individual pouches, especially necklaces. Then I place them all in a small tupperware. I also wrap rubberbands on the handle of my brush to keep track of them. And I always bring extra plastic grocery bags.

  23. January 6, 2011 / 9:14 am

    I LOve packing my clothes like burritos!!!
    This is a brilliant post Sandy!!!
    Thanks for all your lovely tips!!

  24. January 6, 2011 / 9:39 am

    okay this is BRILLIANT!! Thank you so much for posting these tips!!!

  25. January 6, 2011 / 9:57 am

    i’m ashamed to say i’ve never burrito pack before! but i do pack light anyway. i’m just afraid of messing up the nice dresses or tops. other tips on that?

  26. January 6, 2011 / 9:57 am

    GREAT post – love the tips. I’m a firm follower in the burritto method myself as I do a lot of traveling too!

  27. January 6, 2011 / 10:06 am

    sandy, i KNOW!! i have a baby shower this saturday and 3 weddings lined up for next year already!!! it’s NUTS. =)

    and how coincidental that the bf & i were just talking abt the burrito method of packing yesterday! he travels for work as well and swears by it! thanks for the packing tips!!


  28. January 6, 2011 / 10:29 am

    When I saw your tweet about packing, I was coming over to recommend the rolling method! My fiancee swears by it. πŸ™‚

  29. January 6, 2011 / 10:42 am

    You’ve become an expert at traveling! Your red suitcase looks exactly like mine, too! Also, I have the toughest time packing when I travel. I fuss TOO much about figuring out the outfits I’m going to wear each day and with what accessories that I actually underpack more than most people. The burrito method looks very efficient, and I envy you for the freebies you get because you travel a lot!

  30. January 6, 2011 / 10:59 am

    Love it! I learned how to pack this way too from my mom’s boyfriend who was in the marines–this is how they made him pack! I usually pack at least one cute dress & one casual dress too (usually in jersey knit since these don’t wrinkle either).

    I’ve got to head to Nashville once more soon too for some final planning. IT’S 8 MONTHS UNTIL MY WEDDING! HERE’S WHAT’S LEFT ON MY PLANNING LIST!


  31. January 6, 2011 / 11:35 am

    Great post! I always put my shoes in bags. So gross not to but not very glam.

  32. January 6, 2011 / 11:40 am

    And stuff socks in your shoes so it saves space πŸ™‚ You totally traveled so much! You really are the definition of jet-set πŸ™‚

  33. January 6, 2011 / 11:43 am

    PS: I just checked out your pics from Part I of your cruise…i can’t get over how beautiful your trip was!

  34. January 6, 2011 / 11:47 am

    what a great idea..never tried the burrito method before but will do when I do travel this year!

  35. January 6, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    I am going to Vegas next month & Texas in March!
    Thanks for the packing tips πŸ™‚


  36. January 6, 2011 / 3:00 pm

    I packed like that last time we went on a trip. It was so much easier!

  37. January 6, 2011 / 3:42 pm

    Yay for “burrito packing” and stashing shoes in grocery bags! πŸ™‚

  38. January 6, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    Great burrito travel tips, lady! I need to remember to do that next time. I ALWAYS have packing troubles. πŸ™‚

  39. January 6, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    I always try to pack this way, but I end up getting flustered and stressed that I’m forgetting something! It’s really weird, I know, but seeing folded piles makes me feel more confident that I’ve packed what I need.

  40. January 6, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Although I can’t say I’ve ever heard it called the burrito method (cute!), my father taught me to pack that way when I was about twelve, & I’ve done it ever since!

    I’m with ya on not being daring enough to pair black w/ brown, so I tend to do the same thing in staying in one “accessory color family.”

    Oh, & I love me some Ziploc bags. Did you ever see the Million Dollar listing where they showed Josh packing w/ the zillion different Ziploc bags? I am not that obsessive – some of my toiletries can share a Ziploc bag – but I do love keeping things separate that way to avoid messing anything up!

  41. January 6, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    I love that you shared this. I do whatever I can to take just a carry-on but haven’t tried this method of folding – will have to next time!

  42. January 6, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    Wear your bulkiest items the day you’re traveling so you don’t have to pack them πŸ™‚

  43. January 6, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    i use that way of folding garments too! space saver indeed πŸ™‚ if i’m bringing socks, i tuck it inside the shoes πŸ™‚


  44. January 7, 2011 / 7:41 am

    My husband always tells me to fold like a burrito and I used to think he was nuts! But, it soooo totally works! Great post!

  45. January 7, 2011 / 9:39 am

    I used the buritto method but hadn’t thought about putting my shoes in grocery sacks! Great idea.

  46. January 7, 2011 / 11:09 am

    There were times in college travelling in Europe that this is the only way I could get everything to fit into my suitecase. I know it seems counterintuative, but you really can fit more stuff packing this way.

    btw – noticed you are doing a giveaway at Maie Dae. I always love looking at your stuff.

  47. January 7, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    i totally agree! rolling up the clothes means you can pack more options. πŸ™‚ i also keep my shoes in plastic bags since they’re so gross. i also always bring a bathing suit, even if i’m going somewhere freezing cold, and i always bring a sweater, even if i’m going somewhere incredibly hot. you never know when you’ll find a hot tub or an overly air conditioned restaurant.

  48. January 7, 2011 / 7:50 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    Love it!

    *From Munich With Love*

  49. Julie
    January 7, 2011 / 10:47 pm

    Sandy! I burrito pack too! Thought I was the only one getting a ‘nerd alert’ for that but it’s nice to know I’m not a loner LOL. I also have some packing methods that I think are unique but who knows…here goes:
    1. For us frequent travelers…buy doubles! I always keep a clear bag full of the essentials so I never have to pack. For example, yes, I have two venus razors…one for the carry on and one for my home shower. That way I never forget to
    pack my razor. This goes for shampoo, face lotion, hair brush, etc.
    2. Makeup is different…if I bought two
    of all my makeup staples I wouldn’t be able to pay my mortgage…jk, lol..but what I do is store all my makeup in a travel bag on my counter with just the essentials so I can throw it in my suitcase last minute.
    3. Always put your name inside the suitcase! Luggage tags on the outside can
    break and people on planes can grab the
    wrong suit case from the overhead bin
    when deboarding. I should know because I
    have done it. The guy flying to the next
    destination on the same plane was not too
    happy with me πŸ™‚
    4. If you don’t like to iron take a mini
    steamer. They heat up quick and are easy to use!
    5. Pack a healthy snack like nuts or dried
    fruit…you never know when a delay is coming and airport snacks can be
    expensive and not very good!
    6. Be sure to take a thin blanket or jacket.
    Nothing is worse than being freezing cold
    on an airplane!!!!
    7. And if you really want to have an
    awesome trip…pop a drowsy dramamine. When you wake up you’ll be in your destination…just don’t be the rental car driver tho πŸ˜‰

  50. January 8, 2011 / 11:33 am

    i use the burrito method for travel and everyday! my dresser drawers are filled with little clothes burritos. it’s the only way i can fit everything in!

  51. January 8, 2011 / 4:52 pm

    I have recently started to burrito pack and I am trying to get my hubby to do the same. You can fit so much more into your luggage. Like someone mentioned in a previous comment, I have a toiletry bag that i keep well stocked. It makes it easier to just grab it and pack when the time comes to get away. I also bring items that serve a dual purpose – scarf/blanket, cover-up/dress, etc.

  52. January 9, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    my mommy taught me this method when I first started travelling back to the motherland πŸ™‚ moms are so smart.

  53. January 9, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    Great tips! I secretly love packing…everyone else seems to hate it.

  54. January 10, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    I burrito roll too! haha that’s a cute way to describe it. Hmm for packing, I say bring lots of thin layers rather than a bunch sweater; you’ll have more options while keeping just as warm! Also, investing in travel-sized toiletries is always a good idea.

  55. steph
    January 11, 2011 / 11:21 pm

    My travel tip is just to be a light packer and not bring things you don’t need! My roller bag broke a while back, essentially, but I’ve been relying on a great backpack for a while now! This fall, I fit all the clothes I needed for a week in that backpack. This past weekend I fit clothes for a weekend plus my laptop, etc. On the way back home, I actually fit a box of new shoes plus everything else somehow!!

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