15 Stress Free Packing Tips
Packing…you can’t vacation without it! But who really enjoys it? Some people, I suppose, but I think its safe to say that most of use do not particularly look forward to it. Check out these tips that may make the process a little less daunting for you:
1-Always use a list: When packing for an upcoming trip my first recommendation would be to use a list. Using a list can help you narrow down what you need to prevent overpacking as well help ensure that you don’t forget anything. Make a list or use a premade list available online (there are plenty). Go over it once, go over it twice. Make sure that you have everything you need. If not purchase it early. This will prevent last minute shopping, something that is bound to cause you unnecessary stress.
2-Roll your clothing instead of folding it. Rolling your clothes will save you lots of space in your suitcase and will also allow you to pack more clothing items if necessary.
3-Familarize yourself with TSA regulations. Knowing the regulations beforehand will prevent you from packing something incorrectly and thus preventing having your items confiscated at the airport and prevent you from being held up.
4-Always bring a trash bag in your suit case. In the case that you are outside and unable to find cover or have to walk outside for whatever reason and the weather is less than optimal the trash bag can help protect your luggage and belongings by creating a water proof barrier.
5-Use zip lock bags for all toiletries. If bringing items like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. I always like to keep them in plastic bags. In the event that one of them leaks this will prevent damage to the other items in your luggage. You can also use zip lock bags for electronics. This will allow better organization and also offer some protection for the electronics.
6-Keep essentials in a carry-on bag. If there is something that you will need while traveling make sure it is readily available. This will prevent you from having to search through suit cases to find the item that you need and save you time and stress.
7-Shop when you get to your destination. There is likely to be some sort of store at your destination that you will be able to purchase essential items from. Do some research. Find out what options will be available. Grocery stores? Drug stores? And plan for it. If you are able to get items at your destination you will not need to pack them, thus saving you room. I would also recommend a little planning, making sure that you don’t overbuy there and end up with extra items that you didn’t use to have to either throw out or bring back with you, potentially costing you extra baggage fees.
8-Plan your outfits. Planning your outfits will give you an idea of exactly what you have for each day. This will prevent you from packing a given number of pants and given number of shirts that you may not need. I used to pack shirts and then pack pants, but I have found that it is much easier to do them as a set.
9-Bring some detergent and wash your own clothes. Pack a couple outfits, varying depending on how long the trip is. Maybe not ideal, but you can always handwash clothing pieces in the sink with soap and hang them to dry. This will prevent you from having to pack an outfit for each day, as you can wash and re-wear.
10-Keep a travel bag with essentials. To avoid having those last minute items to pack (such as a toothbrush), keep a travel toiletries bag that contains duplicates of those items. Everything will be all set for you and you won’t have to worry about forgetting one of those last minute items.
11-Pack and unpack. While it may be a pain to pack, and then unpack, and then repack, doing so may help you eliminate items you don’t really need as well as help you catch items that you may have forgotten. This is something that I do at least twice for every trip that I take. It takes some extra time, but it does save some stress later on.
12-Use a dryer sheet to keep everything fresh! While this won’t save you space, it will keep everything smelling fresh and help you avoid that old suitcase smell.
13-Double up. Use bags for more than one purpose. For example if you have a purse and a backpack-combine them. If you have a child combine the diaper bag with your backpack. It will prevent extra fees and will give you less to carry onto the plane.
14-Keep all your travel documents and valuables in your carry on. This will make them readily available and also decrease the chance of them getting lost/stolen.
15- Always leave some space in your suit case for souvenirs. If you are like me, you will most likely be spending at least a little bit of money on souvenirs. Be sure to leave some space in your suitcase for them to prevent having to pay extra luggage fees to the airline on your return trip.
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