Packing for a trip or vacation can be stressful. If you forget an essential item, you can be left panicking and scrambling to find a store at your destination. If you over pack, you’ll end up disorganized, having to carry heavy bags, and possibly even pay a fee for your overweight bag at the airport. Here are some tips for stress free packing that you should keep in mind for your next trip:
Make a packing list.
If you make a list of everything you need before you start packing, you’ll be less likely to forget something or over pack. You should make the list days or even weeks ahead, so you’ll have time to get everything organized. Pack only the things you put on the list so you’ll avoid bringing way too many things.
Roll instead of folding.
Many travel experts agree that rolling your clothes instead of folding them is the way to go, especially if you have to fit a great deal of clothing into one suitcase. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space, and they’re less likely to get wrinkles from the fold creases!
Pack dual-purpose garments.
When it comes to packing, less may be more. If you pack clothes that you can wear more than once or for different purposes, you won’t have to pack as many items, and you’ll have much more room in your suitcase. You don’t want to fill your suitcase too much because you’ll have no room to fit souvenirs or anything else you might want to bring back with you.
Know the airline policies before you pack.
You should find out if the airline you are using permits you to check a bag for free, and how much they charge for extra bags. You should also know what kind of carry-on bag you’re allowed to bring, and what you’re allowed to bring in it.
It’s hard to limit how many pairs of shoes you want to bring, but try and stick to one or two pairs that will match most of your clothes. If you want to bring a heavy jacket that takes up a lot of space in your suitcase, then wear it on the plane so you won’t have to pack it. Try and pack the heavier and bigger items first at the bottom, and the lighter and smaller items last.
Hopefully with these tips, packing for your next trip will be a breeze! If you want to share any other packing tips with us, comment below or tweet us @travefy!