Raise your hand if you overpack. How about under pack?
Overpacking can mean ridiculous fees and heavy luggage. And under packing will have you wishing you’d planned better. With so many elements to account for, packing to travel can be a major stressor.
In a recent survey, over a third of travelers polled reported high levels of stress surrounding their travels.
But the good news is, packing can be simple – if you do it right. Whether it’s your first time traveling or you’re a seasoned globetrotter, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading to discover the top tried and tested packing tips.
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Things to Consider Before Packing to Travel
Before planning what and how you will pack, get to know your destination.
What’s the climate like? Does it rain a lot? Or ever? Packing for the mountains and packing for a tropical beach town is an entirely different story.
What is the purpose of your trip? Will you be gone two weeks, a year? This can be the difference between packing a backpack or making the most out of your checked luggage:
1. What to Pack
Start with making a checklist of all the necessary items.
Then, lay the items out to get a visual take on the situation. It’ll ensure you don’t forget that one thing you just can’t travel without (hello, noise-canceling headphones.)
Aim to pack lightweight materials and items that can be multi-use, like a microfiber towel.
2. Travel Essentials
A luggage scale is one essential I never travel without.
Realizing your suitcase is seven pounds too heavy at the check-in desk is not an easy wrinkle to iron out. And who wants to wear five shirts and three pants on a plane? Luggage scales are small, lightweight, and convenient.
3. The Right Bag for the Occasion
Having the right luggage can make all the difference.
A bag that serves multiple purposes will be your best travel companion. That’s why this multifunctional travel bag is a must-have. Wear it as a backpack, nestle it atop your suitcase, or use it on a weekend excursion.
4. How to Pack
As someone who’s gone through many trials and errors, take it from me – organization is key. Packing a suitcase is an intricate process. Taking out even a single item can be like removing the base piece in a game of Jenga.
Packing cubes are a great way to separate and organize everything from dirty laundry to accessories. You can even pack the cubes with pre-planned outfits. Then, add labels to save from endless rifling.
5. Avoid Overpacking
As an over-planner, I get it. It’s easy to plan for occasions that may never arise. But you may regret this while lugging multiple heavy bags through airports far and wide.
Adopt a minimalist mindset. I save room and added weight by ditching items like shampoo and conditioner when going on long trips. These things are easy to find in any destination.
Be sure to keep some go-to items on hand, whether in your carry-on or personal item. These can include:
- A fresh change of clothes
- A freshen-up kit with essential toiletries
Layovers can be long; you’ll want these within reach to add to the comfort and enjoyment of your trip.
Leave the Baggage of Stress at Home
Packing to travel doesn’t have to be stressful, not with these fundamental tips in hand. Now that you know how to pack like a pro, you can focus on what matters most: the adventure ahead.
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