Packing for a trip can be a nightmare, whether it’s a short weekend jaunt or something more long term. Personally I find packing to be one of the worst aspects about traveling, so I wanted to share some tips I’ve picked up over the years to make packing even easier and to stay organised. Obviously how you pack and travel will depend on whether you use a backpack or a suitcase for your adventures, so I’ll include tips that I think work well for both types of luggage!
Rolling your clothes is a smart way to save space, minimise wrinkles and ensure you can fit as many pieces into small spaces as possible. I used to try folding my clothes and in the past I wound up with really deep wrinkles and I felt that my clothes weren’t as organised. To roll your clothes, simply fold them to a decent size and so they’re in a long strip and then roll them up. You want the roll to be firm, and whatever width works best for your baggage. I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how much extra you can fit now your clothes are rolled! I also find it makes it easier to see what you’ve got in your luggage when it’s rolled rather than folded.
2) Packing Cubes
I have no idea how I travelled so long without packing cubes. They’re basically material bags with zippers that are used to store your clothes inside your backpack or suitcase. I find them super helpful as I tend to have two or three when I travel. One (or two) for clothes and the other one for personal items such as underwear and socks. This allows me to be super organised when I’m getting ready and keeps everything separated and tidy. There’s nothing worse than having your bag checked in an airport and having your underwear strewn around on the ground! Packing cubes help you stay more organised and your clothes more tidy.
Is there a bigger crime than mixing up freshly cleaned clothes with clothes that smell so bad you feel sorry for the washing machine when it’s time to wash them? I personally use a specialised travel laundry bag that folds up really small, but you can use whatever you want – even a plastic bag is better than letting your dirty mix with your clean. It’s just a small adjustment you can make to keep your stuff even more organised and clean.
4) Be Realistic About What You Need to Take
This is a tricky one, but many of us over prepare for trips, especially if it’s our first time visiting there. I suggest that you be realistic about what you need to take. If you’re a size that may not be catered for in your destination countries, then by all means stock up, but if you’re an average size you’ll be able to find most of what you need overseas if you realise you do really need it. Packing as light as possible will really help you to enjoy your trip, there’s nothing worse than lugging oversized baggage through a city that’s lined with cobblestones.
These are some simple tips to help making packing for a trip easier. I hope that you find them helpful! Happy adventures.