It’s a common mistake: you’re so excited to embark on your trip that you forget to pay attention to what you’re packing. Somewhere in the middle of your epic adventure, you realize that you forgot an essential item. Or you have to spend a nervous couple of minutes digging through your bag because you forgot where you put those toiletry supplies you need. Or perhaps you overpacked and got charged a hefty carry-on fee for an unnecessary bag. Small blunders can add up and detract from your travel experience, especially if you’re taking a vacation.
The good news is, if you spend just a little bit of time planning and carefully packing, you can save yourself a lot of stress and lost time later down the road. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Make a list of all of the things that you will need. If you forget something, you can always pick it up later on the trip, but this also means more time and money put into something you might already have.
Research the weather in the region you are going. Do you need a good heavy jacket, or a pair of sandals to air out in the sun with? After you pack all of the clothes you need, think about toiletries, electronics, work items, comfort items, sleep aids, and etc.
Strategize on how to minimize your packing list, as lighter and smaller bags can make a huge difference when traveling. Also, they cut down on stress and save you money on bag checking fees.
To downsize, think about the various activities you have planned, and pack clothing that is suitable for as many of those activities as possible. If you plan to be in a cold environment, how can you layer so that you’re both warm outside and able to shed heavier clothes and stay stylish when you go in?
If you plan to be on a longer trip and you have access to laundry facilities, think about packing a smaller set of clothes and wash them on the trip. If you’re taking your favorite pair of ECCO shoes, or that special leather jacket, think about taking along a leather & fabric care kit so you can clean them if need be. That way, you don’t have to clutter up your bag with additional items.
Section Your Travel Items
One of the most efficient ways of packing is to organize your items into categories and section them into your travel bags. It helps to have a travel bag with separate and accessible pockets, so you can put essentials into them like socks or toiletries that are easy to grab. This way you can get to what you need fast without spending time digging in your bag, disorganizing your stuff, and getting clothes wrinkled.
Put similar items together, and use separate containers if need be, like toiletry bags, jewelry boxes, and satchels to organize your inventory.
Get Out There!
Do you have a big trip coming up? What about a vacation that’s fast approaching? With these packing tips, you no longer have to stress about what to bring. Stay organized and pack smart, and you’ll save yourself endless frustration and confusion. Go out into the world and travel with a new confidence that you’ve got what you need!