Save Space: Pack Shoes and Socks Together

Written by on June 6, 2017 in Travel Tips

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Do you bring a pair of shoes in your luggage? Here’s a way to pack your socks and shoes together — and save space.

I frequently travel with two pairs of shoes: one business and another for general walking. That means one pair goes in a suitcase — and takes up a chunk of space. (I wear size 13…)

I used to place socks in packing cubes. But after someone pointed out that shoes have much empty space, I went with the below method — and haven’t turned back!


New Balance M990GL4 shoe, prior to socks being packed into it.

I can fit three pairs of socks into one shoe.

Three pairs of socks and a shoe (New Balance M990GL4)

Roll each pair of socks —

Rolling a pair of socks, prior to placing them into a shoe when packing.

— into a ball.

A pair of socks rolled into a ball prior to packing them into a shoe.

Stuff the rolled socks into your shoe.

Placing sock balls into a pair of shoes (New Balance M990GL4 Grey/Castlerock)

Pull the laces tight.

Tightening a New Balance M990GL4 Grey/Castlerock shoe packed with socks.

Put the stuffed shoes into your favorite shoe covers and place them in your luggage.

Traveling for only a few days? Remember you have another shoe ready to store other items: belts, charger cables, and pretty much anything else that fits inside!

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About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .


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