For any journey, it’s important to pack smartly. I mean you should not be carrying too much with you, and neither too less.
Whether you are packing for a weekend or a few month holidays, these tips will help you with a stress-free packing process. So start with my handy packing list and be prepared for a happy holiday:
Start with a packing list
During the stressful few days before the trip it’s easier to forget things you may need for travelling, that’s why I recommend making a packing list before you actually start with packing. A packing list helps you stay organised and not freak out the last day.
Pick out what you need and cut in half
I have had spoiled many trips because of overpacking. I understand that the idea of putting everything in your suitcase can be tempting, but remember that while travelling you’re going to carry it all by yourself. So pack light. While this may initially feel like a torture, for not carrying that extra pair of shoes you think you may need, packing light and cutting down to the exact essentials you’ll actually need will make your journeys a lot more enjoyable.
Roll and vacuum pack
Ever arrived a hotel with all your clothes full of wrinkles? And more than that felt that your suitcase or your backpack has no enough space to pack all you wanted? Well, there’s one solution to all such problems: roll your clothes instead of folding them, and then place them in vacuum compression bags. This will leave you with a lot of space and prevent your clothes from getting creased.
Fill dead space
When you’re done with packing, you will see a lot of dead space between things, fill it with smaller pieces of clothes. I generally use underwear, socks and other small items to fill dead space.
It’s important to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially when you’re on a longer trip. By carrying fabric conditioner sheets or some sort of scented liners, you keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the trip.
Pack gadgets with ziplock bags
If you are one of those people who carry a lot of gadgets and want to organise your packing then get yourself a stash of ziplock bags.
Forget carrying full-sized liquids, instead carry the miniatures
This is one of the top packing tips I recommend to newbie travellers. Seriously, put that full-sized bottle away, there’s no reason for you to be carrying a 300ml shampoo bottle when all you need is a 30 or 40 ml during your one week trip to the islands. There is going to be enough toiletries to buy where you’re travelling. It’s not worth the unnecessary weight to bring a giant bottle of everything.
Use cling film to prevent liquid leaks
It has personally happened to me a number of times that as soon as I open my suitcase a shampoo or a conditioner has been spilt over clothes. I have discovered all sort of disastrous liquid leaks in my luggage. However, to prevent that from happening anymore, I take the lids off liquid bottles and add a layer of cling-film to the neck of the container before replacing the lid. And then use clear tape to seal the gap where the lid joins the container.
Weigh your luggage
Consider weighing your baggage a saviour trick from paying hefty charges at the airport. Invest in some sort of luggage scale and make sure you weigh your bags before you start your journey. If you’re close to the limit, consider wearing some of the heavier items or cutting down on what you pack in the first place.
Most importantly: don’t forget to leave a little extra space.
When you end up in a new place, no matter how broke you are, it’s inevitable to find something interesting and want to buy it during your travels. And when that happens, the worst thing is having zero space in your suitcase to bring it home. So the last pro packing tip is: leave a little space in your suitcase to carry something precious back home.