There are plenty of travel tips out there, but here are our top 15 you need to know. In the second of two parts, we’re focusing on packing…
Take a lint roller with you. If you’re staying in a hotel, they will most likely have one available for you to use. If not, you can purchase a small portable one at any store and use it to remove lint and hair from your clothes.
Pack an extra plastic bag or two. You can use them to keep your essentials together when you go through security, or if any of your toiletries leak, this way your clothes won’t be ruined.
Wear your heaviest pair of shoes on the plane. This will help you save space in your suitcase, especially if you’re trying to pack as light as possible.
Rolling is better than folding when packing clothing. Rolling can save up to 30% more space than folding!
Put socks inside your shoes for added space/support/protection.
Packing can be daunting, but like everything else, it gets easier with practice. The first step is to make a list of what you need. A good way to do this is to start with a list of every item you own and then remove the ones that are irrelevant.
Pack as light as you can. You don’t want to be lugging around a heavy bag when you could be exploring the city you’re visiting. This can be easier said than done, especially if your trip will be longer than a few days. But try not to pack more than you’ll actually use, and if necessary leave room in your bag for souvenirs and other items you might pick up along the way.
To make sure your bag doesn’t get too heavy, pack clothes that are light and airy; they take up less space in your suitcase and won’t weigh you down as much on your trip. It’s also helpful to bring along a bag or two of travel-sized toiletries rather than packing full-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from home. This will free up some extra room in your luggage so that you can fit in any last-minute purchases or souvenirs in before heading back home.
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As a seasoned traveler, I’ve been on enough trips to know that packing can make or break a vacation. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination only to realize you forgot to pack something important. That’s why I’ve created this list of 15 travel tips.
1. Do not procrastinate.
2. Make a list, and check it twice
3. Roll, don’t fold, your clothes
4. Pack light
5. Bring your own toiletries
6. Wear your heaviest shoes
7. Leave room for souvenirs
8. Keep liquids in your carry-on bag
9. Put an extra outfit in your carry-on bag
10. Double check before you leave the house / hotel room
11. Put all your electronics in one place
12. Invest in a neck pillow or travel pillow
13. Pack a light jacket or sweater for the plane ride
14. Put valuables in your carry-on bag (money, jewelry, documents)
15. Keep jewelry in a pouch
Pack light, because you will be carrying your own bags most of the time.
Turn a second pair of shoes into a third by stuffing them with socks and underwear.
If you must take bulky items, wear them on the plane. It is more comfortable than carrying coats and jackets in your bag.
Use packing cubes to keep your bag organized: one for pants/skirts, one for shirts, one for bras & underwear, etc.
Roll clothes instead of folding them – it saves space and reduces wrinkles.
Wear your heaviest clothes on the plane to save space in your carry-on.
Be sure to mix and match clothing that can be worn multiple times so you can pack less stuff.
Pack light. Pack light. Pack light. You will thank yourself when you’re schlepping your luggage around all day.
Pack a small, lightweight day bag for exploring during the day. Leave the heavy laptop bag behind and just pack what you need for each day in a smaller bag.
Wear your heaviest clothing items on the plane to maximize space in your suitcase.
If you’re visiting a place where it rains often, consider bringing an umbrella or poncho instead of a rain jacket that takes up more space in your suitcase (and is less versatile).
If you want to bring souvenirs home with you, leave some space in your suitcase!
Use packing cubes – they’re lifesavers for staying organized on longer trips.
If you’re visiting cities, bring comfortable walking shoes (just not white ones!).
Use reusable toiletry bottles to avoid wasting travel-sized bottles and to save space in your suitcase.
Research the weather at your destination and pack accordingly; there’s nothing worse than being stuck somewhere unexpected without the clothes you need for the weather.
1. Roll Your Clothes
This tip is by far the most common packing tip I hear from people. Rolling your clothing is a great way to save space and fit more in your suitcase. It also helps prevent wrinkling of the clothes, which we all know can be a real pain when traveling. One thing to remember though, when you are rolling your clothes is to keep your outfits together. I always roll my shirts together and all my shorts or pants together. This keeps it easy to find something to wear while on vacation or while traveling. Another good thing to remember is that if you roll your clothes, don’t roll them too tight! This will make it harder for you to pack and unpack your suitcase.
2. Wear Your Bulky Items
I think this tip is so important because it is something most people don’t think about until the last minute. If you are going somewhere cold, wear your coat or jacket on the plane or train instead of packing it in your bag. Or if you have a ton of shoes, wear one pair and pack the others in your bag. These little tips can really help save some space in your luggage and help you fit more items in it!
3. Use Smaller Containers for Toiletries
If you’re planning a trip and shopping for a suitcase, the first thing to consider is your destination. Do you need something that can withstand rain, snow or sand? Then check out a hard-sided spinner. If you’re traveling to high-end hotels or resorts, consider a soft-sided bag that looks nice but still offers the wheels and organization of a hard case.
Next, think about your personal travel style. Are you someone who likes to pack light? Or do you bring along everything but the kitchen sink? Either way, there’s a case for you. If you like to pack light and want to be able to fit in overhead compartments on smaller planes, go with something small and lightweight. Bigger cases are great if you’re packing for multiple people or like to load up on souvenirs on your trip.
Finally, don’t forget TSA requirements. All bags must have locks, so look for suitcases with built-in locks or locks that come with the suitcase.