Going away for a much-needed and well-earned holiday might be the highlight of your year but packing can put a real damper on the excitement. Packing is also not as simple as it seems especially for people of different ages, specific health problems or simply extensive requirements for work, etc like vloggers. Not to mention if you pack smart you will be able to leave plenty of room for souvenirs and won’t have to purchase extra luggage for that.If you feel you will be doing shopping make sure to leave room in your suitcase.Here are 10 Genius Packing Tips To Help You Travel Like A Pro.
1. The Golden Rule For Packing Clothes
You may have heard growing up that the best way to pack clothes is by folding them. There is a lot of truth to this statement as folding your clothes means they take up less space in your suitcase and the fabric doesn’t crease as easily. If you’re packing a lot of light, thin fabrics like silk or chiffon, this may be even more useful.
While packing always place uppers and pants before you pack items like hats or shoes. Always keep underwear in a separate pouch. Packing cubes are an inexpensive way to thoroughly organize your items so they are easier to sift through once you reach your destination. Utilize odd-shaped spaces for items like hair tools or makeup bags and remember if you are taking hats you can store socks etc inside them.
3. Low Maintenance
Unless you’re packing for a destination wedding, choose clothes that are low maintenance and super comfortable. You want to go with fabrics like cotton, jersey, and denim but this depends on the nature of your trip too. Lastly, always pack the clothes top to bottom in the order that you will be needing them so the outfit you need first when you land should be right on top.
4. Balance The Weight
Regardless of how sturdy your luggage is, you still need to pack sensibly to ensure it is not toppling over and has the ideal weight distribution. Pack the heaviest items at the bottom and the lightest items on top, this balances the weight and also prevents damage to your belongings.
5. Separate Your Separates
How many times have you had a loose wire or side cling to fabric and rip it? To prevent any entanglement and damage to your clothes, lay down dry cleaner plastic sheets between items so they stay separate during transit.
6. Handy Appliances
Maybe your hotel has it all but services like laundry, ironing, etc come with considerable extra charge. Not to mention if you’re traveling to a location where you are just staying at an AirBnb, you may not have access to many services at all. In that case, consider carrying travel size appliances like a hair drier, the best portable blender you can find, mini iron, and so on. Furthermore, make sure you pack all the appliances in their designated pouches to avoid any accidents like spillages. When you are packing toiletries, make sure you have airtight pouches and separate packaging for each item to minimize the chances of a spill during a flight.
7. Have Essentials On Hand
Items like snacks, essential medication like painkillers or nausea meds, toothpaste, and sanitizer should be in your handbag where you have easy access to them and not tucked away in your carry-on luggage or main luggage. Furthermore, always carry a reusable water bottle with you so you are protecting the environment and refilling the bottle instead of buying an endless number of plastic ones. In most cases, an air hostess will fill the bottle up for you and there are often water stations at airports and most cafes will fill up a water bottle for free.
8. A Scarf
Airplanes can get very cold due to a standard temperature being maintained so carry a scarf or shawl to wear or use as a blanket if you need to.
9. Valuables Where You Can See Them
Always keep valuables like your laptop, tablet, and jewelry, etc in your carry-on so that they are not in your main luggage where the chances of loss or misplacement are much greater.
10. Extra Storage
If you feel you will be doing some shopping make sure to leave some extra room in your suitcase while packing. Furthermore, pack a tote or extra backpack so that you can put items in there on your way back. Using a reusable cloth shopping bag is just as good an idea when you’re traveling as it is when you’re grocery shopping at home.