Packing for a trip might not be your idea of ââa fun time. It is often tedious and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that bad. With a handful of great packing tips, you’ll learn how to pack in a way that makes your travel experience better, not worse. And who better to turn to for this advice than the frequent travelers who have had their fair share of failures and victories in their luggage?
I’ve personally learned the hard way that traveling with excess baggage can really weigh you down (literally) whether you’re traveling by plane or train or bus. I used to travel while having a full time job, so I only took three to four day trips. When I first started traveling for longer periods, I brought a 75 pound bag on a month-long trip to Europe only to find myself deeply regretting the decision when I had to lug it around several volleys of stairs in old buildings with no lift. . You can bet I never made that mistake again, and now I make sure I can easily carry whatever I pack.
There is also the fact that luggage is expensive if you fly. Airlines seem to charge more and more for checked baggage, and some fare options may offer you a bargain price, but don’t even allow carry-on baggage. Learning how to package efficiently can save you a lot of money.
As the saying goes, when packing for a trip, it’s best to take half the baggage and double the money. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially for anyone who wants to be fashionable on a long-awaited vacation.
To help you pack your bags with ease, here are 19 smart packing tips that frequent travelers and travel experts (including yours) swear by. First, though: whether you’re looking for packing tips for air travel, packing tips for international or domestic travel, or just ideas to use for a quick weekend getaway, it is essential to travel safely with COVID-19 in inconvenience. Here’s more information on the safest way to travel right now, including getting fully immunized, wearing masks when recommended (such as in crowded indoor locations), learning about travel restrictions, and more. . Now, on to these packing tips!
1. Group your outfits.
âWe find it easier to pack the outfits together,â Martha Villaroman, Go Places With Kids family travel blogger and mother of three, told SELF. âFor example, roll your shirt, pants, underwear, and socks together to form a single package. Then in the morning you can quickly pick up the package of clothes you need. Bonus: Rolling up your clothes prevents wrinkles and makes it easy to identify the items you have packed.
2. Use packing cubes.
Packing Cubes ($ 25, Amazon) help compress and separate your clothes and are your best ally for efficient suitcase packing. Organize the contents of the cubes by day according to your itinerary or by type of clothing. This helps keep your suitcase clean and saves you having to unfold and move everything to locate an outfit. If you are traveling with vintage or weather-sensitive clothing, consider a vacuum-sealed compression bag to protect your clothing during transport.
3. Go for as many wrinkle-resistant fabrics as possible.
âOur favorite and easiest packing tip for travel is to bring wrinkle-free clothing that doesn’t arrive wrinkled,â Mar Pages, co-founder of Solo Female Travelers Tours, told SELF. âConsider these fabrics the next time you’re shopping or packing for a trip: polyester, denim, wool, knits, elastane and lyocell. Avoid 100% linen or linen-cotton blends, which are more prone to wrinkles.
4. Buy sturdy toiletries.
âLiquids always take up the most space and tend to spill, too,â Continent Hop’s Lavinia D’Sousa told SELF. They’re also a little boring to pack if you’re just registering a bag and need everything to be TSA compliant. D’Sousa’s solution? Instead, opt for solid shampoos and soaps. You can buy solid perfume, makeup remover, bug balm, sunscreen, and even toothpaste lozenges. If you are carrying liquids, try placing plastic wrap under the caps to minimize leaks.
5. Make your clothes multitasking.
One of the most essential travel tips for traveling light is to bring multipurpose items. âThe scarf or stole is the most versatile item you can carry,â explains D’Sousa. “It can serve as a sarong, a wrap for all your dirty clothes if needed, and you can wear it around your shoulders when you cover up to visit a [religious location]. âIn general, bringing clothes that you can wear repeatedly or mix and match with other items to create new outfits is a smart way to pack your bags efficiently. The same concept applies to your hair tools and products. Skin Care: Consider: a 2-in-1 hair straightener and curler, a shade that can be used for blush and lipstick, and a soap that doubles as a shaving cream.
6. Choose a clothing color scheme.
âAs a full-time traveler with limited wardrobe space, I create a capsule wardrobe with items that go effortlessly together,â YouTuber Alina McLeod told SELF. âIt means choosing neutrals with a pop or two of color. When everything coordinates, it’s easy to layer as you move between different locations and the weather changes. âIt allows me to use whatever items I bring instead of having four or five random outfits that don’t really mix,â McLeod adds.
7. Use the pillowcase hack.
Nina Ragusa of Where in the World Is Nina recommends a hack that has gained notoriety for TikTok this year. Take two pillowcases: one that zips and one that doesn’t, she suggests. âFill the clothes in the zippered pillowcase, then cover them with the regular pillowcase. Now you’ve got more room in your bag for other items, you’ve got a pillow to sleep with on your flight, and you’ve got to bring these 10 extra outfits that you swear you’ll actually wear. This hack is great because most airlines don’t count a pillow as carry-on, says Ragusa.
8. Make a virtual packing list that you can actually check off.
Of course, you know that a packing list can come in handy. But instead of one, you just look and mentally cross off, make sure no essential travel items are left behind by preparing a cross off packing list when you load your suitcase. Today, there are several apps that make this task easier, with pre-designed themes and templates for activities like road trips or hiking. Popular applications include PackPoint, Packing Pro, and PackTeo.
9. Keep a toiletry bag.
âOur packing advice is surprisingly simple, but saves us a lot of time every time we pack,â said Mikkel Woodruff of Sometimes Home at SELF. âEach of us has a separate toiletry bag containing travel supplies including a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, eye drops, etc., always ready to be stowed away in a backpack. travel or in our luggage.