A well-seasoned traveller just instinctively knows how to pack for the next vacation. Some friends have become experts at packing within an hour, and have fairly, albeit annoyingly, won bragging rights. But if you’re one who gets a mild anxiety attack when it’s time for packing for a holiday, if even the thought of stuffing your essentials into that trolley bag makes your palms sweat, you’ve found your solution here.
Make a list
This tip will save you from much stress, trust us! You’ll have a surprisingly long list, and it will keep growing, too, once you begin to pack. Start with the absolute essentials – that depends on the kind of vacation you’re going on, on the weather through the journey and destination, your passport and papers, and your toiletries. Then come in the list of clothes, the accessories, a snack or two, etc. Scratch things off the list as you pack, and finally make sure you’ve got everything ready the night before. And, finally, the toothbrush. Review the list and check if you absolutely need to take everything on it; decide what goes into which bag.
Plan your outfits
And make it simple! If you’re going for four days, four sets of clothes (plus an extra light set for emergencies) are all you need. Depending on the weather, choose your outfits. You don’t really need that pair of new shorts if you’re going to the mountains, and you don’t need that leather jacket that you’ve been dying to wear if you’re going to the beach. Keep it simple.
Fit your clothes in
We’ll let you in on the best tried-and-tested method of fitting your clothes into your baggage. Roll them. Most times, folding clothes of different sizes wastes precious bag space. Roll your jeans, your shirts, even your socks (no, really).
Use your backpack
Your backpack bags should essentially carry the things you need at an arm’s reach; however, it does have a lot of space left in it always. Keep one set of clothes, your phone charger, the sunscreen, and the most used toiletries in your backpack. This will come in handy in the rare case your luggage goes missing.
Extra plastic bags/ziplocks are important
Your dirty clothes need a reserved space of their own as the holiday continues. Besides, you can never predict the minor disasters you may face during a trip – spilt shampoo, unexpected wet clothes, dirty slippers, or a bottle of local honey with a broken seal (true story).
Toiletries and liquids
Have a designated space for toiletries and anything that might spill. Pack them in plastic bags or ziplocks and keep them away from your expensive clothing. Also, these need to be mini versions of the products. There’s no point taking along an entire bottle of shampoo when you’ll use it only twice.
No space for that heavy jacket?
Especially if you’re flying, it’s wisest to wear your bulkiest clothes on your journey instead of packing them. If you simply must take these bulky items along, it’s best to put them on. (They also give you pockets to keep some essentials!)
No room for “just in case”
We’ve mentioned this already, but it’s important enough to stress on again. Even if the vacation takes you on an unexpected night-out, it’s okay to be in your day clothes. You will definitely have the same amount of fun.
Just a bit of extra space
In the end, make sure you’re left with some extra space in your bag. You’re going to a new place, after all, and you’ll be tempted to get back souvenirs. Or your friend will be eternally grateful for your offer to carry her jeans in your bag. Now this is a clever “just in case”.
Don’t see your trolley bag as your enemy! We hope our packing hacks are the spell you were looking for to magically enlarge your bag space