Packing everything you need for a trip can be difficult, especially if you are only taking carry-on luggage. Hopefully, this post will make your next trip easier. I am going to let you in on my secrets of packing. These are my personal tips and tricks–well, the top ten any way.– Enjoy!
First and foremost, you do not need as much clothing as you think you do. Trust me on this. While traveling, it is very unlikely that you will need a different shirt and pair of pants every single day. The only thing that you will need to bring to change every day is (most likely) underwear and socks. You can re-wear pants and shirts and you can also hand wash them (if needed) in the hotel/hostel sinks.
Second, pack things you will actually wear. When you begin packing, think about things that you are actually comfortable in. For example, I am most comfortable in jeans and t-shirts. So, I do not need to pack a dress unless I need to wear it to an event I will be attending on my travels. Comfort over fashion, in travels.
Third, layer clothing. I highly suggest wearing your the heavier and thicker clothing through the security check points. Think about it, if you are wearing a hoodie or jacket through security then you do not have to find somewhere in your luggage to put it. Also, you can layer clothing by wearing a tank top underneath your shirt.
Fourth, only take the necessities. Do you really need to take ALL of your makeup and hair supplies? Or your laptop, your tablet and your phone? The answer is: probably not. Most hotels/hostels have a business center you can utilize. Also, when it comes to makeup and hair supplies, only take the basics that make you feel comfortable. For example, if you like wearing make up, pack the bare minimum. You do not need to bring your entire cabinet of make up. Pick out an eye shadow that is neutral that you can wear every day (as an example).
Fifth, toiletries can be bought at your destination. For most travelers, the destination will have stores in which you can buy toiletries or the hotel will have them for free. Also, if you do not pack them, then that is one less thing to take out of your bag at security.
Sixth, always take a rain jacket. Even though you have checked the weather of your destination a hundred times, it is always nice to have a rain jacket just in case. Personally, I would rather have one and not have to use it, then to get soaking wet stuck in the rain.
Seventh, roll your clothes. As you sit down to begin packing your bags for an adventure, try rolling all of your clothes. Especially, shirts, shorts, tank tops, etc. The only things that are kind of difficult to roll are jeans and jackets.
–There are two different ways to roll your clothing items. Check out the pictures and videos below for the two different how-to-roll explanations.
First Way to Roll a Shirt:
Second Way to Roll a Shirt:
Eighth, always pack an extra pair of clothes in your day bag/backpack. If you are taking more than one carry-on item (i.e. a rolling suitcase and a backpack) always pack an extra shirt, underwear and pair of pants in your backpack. One, this allows you more room in your suitcase. Two, if you need to change for any reason, it is easier to get stuff out of your backpack than going through your entire suitcase. And three, if something does happen to your suitcase, you have a clean pair of clothes for the next day.
Ninth, take a towel and shower shoes. Yes, you might be going to a nice hotel or destination but what if your plane gets delayed and you are stuck at the airport? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a towel to wash your face or clean up a spill if something happens before you get to the destination? Well you can, if you have an extra towel. Also, shower shoes don’t just have to be used for the shower, they can also be used to walk around the hotel/hostel room when you do not always know exactly how clean the floor is.
Lastly, remember that it is okay if you forget something. Again, most travelers are going to destinations that have clothing stores and grocery stores. So, if you forget something, I am sure that you will be able to find a similar item at your destination.
So, that’s it fellow travelers. When you are preparing for your next adventure, feel free to reference these points. Knowing what to pack can be stressful and frustrating, but it does not have to be.
If you have any tips and tricks on packing, I would love to hear! Please comment below and share your packing secrets.
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