Best Packing Tips for Travel
Packing for a trip doesn’t have to mean running out of room in your suitcase or forgetting various items at home. If you’re a frequent traveler or new to taking trips, having a handy packing list can be helpful. Whether you’re planning international travel or a weekend trip to another city, check out the packing tips below that range from which luggage bag to choose to how to pack your bag.
5 Packing Tips
- Choose the right luggage bag.
The first step to packing for vacation is to decide which travel bag is right for your trip. Will it be for long-term international travel, or are you just going away for the weekend? Are you flying or driving? What do the activities on your trip look like?
Answering these questions will help you to narrow down which type of luggage bag you’ll need. A rolling, hard suitcase is suitable for longer trips or if you want added protection for your belongings. Duffel bags are ideal for keeping your bag weight down while still fitting everything in one bag. But if your trip is short or you only want to bring a carry-on, you’ll do well with a satchel or backpack luggage.
- Put everything on a packing list.
A packing list for vacation helps you to visualize everything you need so you don’t forget anything. It also keeps you from overpacking. Before you pull out your suitcase, check your destination’s weather to ensure you’re packing the right clothes. You also want to pack a variety of options (but not necessarily a lot of clothing) based on your itinerary. For example, if you plan on working out during your trip, pack shirts that can be used to both explore and workout.
- Pack your travel bag tightly.
Space is everything when it comes to travel. Depending on your preference and what type of travel bag you’re packing, you can interfold, bundle pack or roll clothing to create the most space. For added space saving ideas, put small items like socks and underwear in your shoes. You can also place liquids and toiletries in small bags inside shoes. Finally, use any outside pockets for items that don’t fit in the main pouch.
- Place the lightest items on top.
If you’re using a rolling, hard suitcase, your belongings are going to spend time in the upright position. When packing your clothes into your travel bag, place heavier items such as sweaters and shoes at the bottom near the wheels. If you need to prevent your shoes from damaging other materials, wrap them in a grocery bag first. The rest of the rolled, bundled or interfolded clothing can go above them. Finally, lay any times that might wrinkle across the top.
- Wear bulky items.
If you’re short on space in your bag, add your bulkier clothing like jeans and jackets to your travel outfit. This will help you make more space as well as lighten your luggage bag — something that will come in handy if you’re checking your bag at the airport.
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