Traveling and holidays are fun, because it allows us to enjoy our vacation, see new places and just spend time away from our everyday lives. However, there is one part of traveling that most people hate and it is, you guessed it, packing for the trip. No matter if you are a great packer or your packing practices are notorious among your friends and family, these tips will get you packed in no time and will let you enjoy a more stress free vacation.
Rolling your clothing
Anyone who have ever googled packing tips will probably say that one of the first tips usually is rolling your clothing. Although it might seem as a very small or even a bit ridiculous thing to roll all of your tops, bottoms, jackets and even towels and any other piece of fabric you might have, it actually works and has two main benefits. Firstly, rolled clothing takes up a bit less space, so you can either pack more or just take a smaller suitcase when you are are traveling, which could actually save you money, if you are flying and taking only carry-on instead of additional big suitcase. The second thing about rolling your clothing is that you by rolling the fabric you prevent it from wrinkling as much which can come in hand if you are taking dressier things or just fast-wrinkling clothing with you and are not sure if you will have iron available where you are staying.
Pack as light as possible
Let me tell you one secret to packing as light as possible that actually works. At least for most people. When you are starting the packing process you should lay all of the items you want to take with you in your luggage on the floor and then go item by item, pick it up and think long and hard if you need to take that item with you. Really ask yourself if you will absolutely need this item during your travels and if the answer is no or I am not sure, then leave it home. Many say to pack for every occasion, but I say to pack for Best case scenario and to pack versatile items that can be used in many different occasions. For example you probably cannot substitute your bathing suit for anything else, but you can leave your thick jacket home if you aren’t going to a really cold place and pack multiple lighter clothing items that can be layered on top of each other to achieve similar effect when the weather gets chillier at night. Or if you thing that there could be a dressy dinner or two that you potentially will have to go to then pack a couple of outfits that can be dressed up or down with simple things like exchanging the shirt or wearing flats instead of sneakers.
Reuse dust bags
There are multiple items from shoes to handbags that often come in or with a dust bag. I know that your first instinct probably is to toss it because you think that you won’t ever use it, but refrain from it, since they are very handy while traveling. You can use them for their original purposes or you can also throw a few of these bags in your luggage to have for things like dirty shoes and dirty clothes, because you do not want your dirty things mixing with your clean ones and making impossible to find something to wear in your suitcase. If you don’t have dust bags the same can be achieved by using those draw-string fabric bags that many times are given out at events and such. But if all else fails and you need to keep your dirty shoes from staining the rest of your clothing, just use a shower-cap to cover the soles of your shoes and you are good to go.
Space out your items
And lastly know how to properly space out the items you are packing. What I mean by this is you should always pack the heaviest items like shoes and toiletries closer to the wheels of your suitcase, as that will make it easier for you to roll your case. Then you can space other items like clothes around the heavies things to have every little space filled. And remember, especially if you are taking multiple pairs of shoes, you can stuff items like socks, bandannas and other smaller items into the shoes, so you can use all of your suitcase space wisely.