So you already have your tickets and itinerary organised and ready to go, but your bags still aren’t packed… Let me guess, you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, wondering how to pack all the stuff you want to bring… without carrying too much? Well don’t you worry, you’re not the only one who’s had that dilemma.
Packing Tips & Hacks For Travelers Who Want To Bring It All
Packing is one of the most crucial parts of traveling, one that requires excellent management and organizational skills. Feeling like you’re lacking a bit in those areas? Worry no more! You don’t need to sign-up for a crash course to attain these skills. I’ll share my top 10 travel packing tips and hacks that will have you packing like a pro in no time!
1. Make A Packing List
Creating a packing list is a way for you to make sure that you won’t forget to bring something important. You can start to write down the things you need to bring and prepare it a week or a few days before your departure. This gives you time to go and buy the things you’re missing.
A packing list will also help you to identify what the most important items to bring are, rather than just packing stuff you think you need, only to find out that it eats up space and adds unnecessary weight to your luggage.
2. Roll Clothes, Don’t Fold
This is magic. One of my secrets when it comes to packing. Tightly rolled clothes can actually save space and time compared to when you fold them. It can also keep your clothes wrinkle-free and free from dirt stains (roll your light colored clothes inside-out). With this hack, you won’t need to restrict the amount of clothes you bring, it’s just a matter of strategy.
3. Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes not only make your bags look a lot more organized, but can also make your life much easier. They come in all different sizes, designed to keep similar items together… One cube for your bottoms, one cube for your tops and another cube for your underwear. See how much more organized your luggage could be? Just pack similar items together so you won’t have a hard time looking for something, especially when you’re in a hurry at the airport check-in counter!
4. Outfit Pair Before You Leave
As much as you want to, you simply can’t bring a wardrobe full of your favorite clothes when you travel… Especially when you hear the price of the overweight baggage fee! You just need to do a little practical move like – outfit pairing.
To master this skill, the first thing you need to do is to know your itinerary ahead of time so you can prepare what kind of clothing you’ll need each day. You should also take the weather into account, easily achieved by doing a quick Google search of the weather forecast for the next 2 weeks.
One hack that really works is to pair two tops for every bottom. Choose dark colored bottoms because they hide stains and you can wear them multiple times in between washing (shh, no-one needs to know). But if you are a little sensitive, you can do wash and wear when needed.
5. Use Refillable Travel Size Containers
Always remember that liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on luggage must be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less and all fit in one 1-quart-sized bag. So instead of buying travel sized toiletries every time you travel (which do add up believe it or not) why not just buy refillable travel containers? Not only that, it also ensures that your stuff won’t get confiscated at the airport because of its size, saving you a lot of money and irritation. Believe me, it happens all day every day!