Packing your bags may appear to be a simple procedure, but it has strict regulations that many travellers learn the hard way after thousands of kilometres on the road. A little bit of clever planning may make all the difference between spending a rushed holiday stopping at numerous souvenir shops and enjoying a smooth journey with everything you need at hand. Here’s our quick guide to packing correctly and efficiently for every trip.
1. The larger your bag, the more you will be able to pack.
The greatest method to avoid transporting too much stuff is to use hard-sided luggage. It should not be taller than 22 inches (so that it can be carried on) and should have a structural shell that prevents you from cramming in any more objects.
2. Take the game of Tetris as an example.
The easiest method to cram everything into one bag is to fill every available inch of volume. Socks, for example, should be placed in your shoes. Then, place the bottom of your luggage in a shopping bag to protect your clothes from dirt.
Finally, decide how you want to organize things in your luggage. It is entirely up to you how you arrange things in your luggage. Here are a few suggestions:
It is recommended that you roll your clothes as much as possible. It also helps you to take full advantage of your available space without causing wrinkles.
Make the most of your packing cubes. These little pouches help you keep your belongings organized and your clothing clean.
Try wrapping each item around a core in the ‘bundle technique.’ Wrap small things, such as undergarments and T-shirts, in the middle, while larger objects like jackets and dresses are on the outside.
3. Keep track of the clothing countdown.
If you’re heading on a week-long trip, try the ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule’ for a mantra to help you dress appropriately: just five pairs of socks and underwear should suffice; four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes should be sufficient. Of course, the list must be tailored to your specific requirements. Pack a swimsuit and workout clothes if you intend to use them.
4. Ziplock bags can be used to store toiletries.
One of the most common reasons for people to avoid carrying toiletries on their trips is the fear of liquids spilling. To prevent messy, goopy spills in your luggage, pack each bottle separately in a sealed bag.