Planning your next trip?
You may be well aware of the need to be efficient and organized when packing to maximize space in luggage. After all, the goal is to keep your belongings safe, yet accessible, while ensuring you don’t end up with an overly large or bulging suitcase.
Here are 10 packing tips we recommend to make getting ready for your trip a breeze!
1. Start Packing Early
The first step is to make sure you leave yourself enough time to pack. Giving yourself a day or two ahead of time will help reduce stress and ensure you’ve got the time to really think through what you’re bringing. It also helps to make sure you’ve got a good organized space for actually packing.
2. Gather Your Travel Essentials
Next, it’s time to gather all the items you’ll need for your trip. This could include obvious things like clothing and toiletries, but also less obvious items like your passport and medication. Make sure you’ve got everything in one place, so you can easily find it and start packing.
3. Research the Weather at Your Destination
To plan your clothing and other items, such as a raincoat or umbrella, do some research on the weather at your destination. This will help ensure you have the right clothing, but also help you think ahead to what kind of shoes, jackets and accessories you may need to bring.
4. Make a Detailed Packing List
Once you know what items you need, create a detailed packing list. This could be as simple as a piece of paper, or a more comprehensive list that’s on your phone or tablet. Include details like:
– The type of clothing you need, for example, a polo shirt for a business meeting
– The kind of items you need for your activities such as running shoes for a hiking trip.
– Medication and other medical necessities you may need on the trip
5. Limit Electronics and Accessories
Bringing too many electronics and accessories can quickly make your luggage too heavy and bulky. That’s why it’s best to come up with a list of essential electronics and accessories to bring. Consider including items such as:
– Your laptop or tablet
– Chargers for your devices
– An extra phone battery
– A pair of headphones
6. Roll Your Clothes
When selecting what clothing to bring, focus on items that can mix and match to save space. To maximize the amount of items you can squeeze into your suitcase, consider rolling up your clothing, rather than folding it. This will reduce the amount of space taken up in your suitcase.
7. Don’t Forget Toiletries
Be sure to pack the toiletries and other items you’ll need while on your trip. These items include:
– Toothbrush and toothpaste
– Shampoo and conditioner
– Any other necessary toiletries you may need
– Insect repellent
8. Place Larger and Heavier Items at the Bottom of Your Bag
When packing your suitcase, it’s important to place the larger and heavier items at the bottom. This will make sure that your suitcase remains balanced and organized. Additionally, make sure you leave some extra room at the top in case you need to fit more items.
9. Pack a Carry-On Bag
Having a separate carry-on bag with items you may need when travelling, such as snacks or medications, can be a huge help. Also include any items you might need while in transit, such as a few items of clothing, toiletries and a laptop.
10. Wear Your Bulky Items
To reduce the items you need to pack, consider wearing some of the bigger or bulkiest items, such as a thick coat or scarf. This way you’ll have more room in your suitcase and make it easier to pack comfortably.
Top Ten Packing Tips
There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination with a stiff neck and an aching back from having to haul your awkwardly filled suitcase around. With this in mind, apply these 10 simple tips next time you’re packing for your trip and you’ll be sure to arrive in comfort!