Travelling is exciting – whether you’re seeing new places & experiencing different cultures, visiting home and the people you love or heading out on a business trip.
There’s something pleasantly thrilling about hopping on a plane or a train and going out into the world.
But there’s one part of travelling few enjoy – packing. Most people fall into one of two categories: you’re either regularly over-packing or continually forgetting essentials.
Either way, we have a few tips that will make travel preparation a bit less stressful.
1. Make a list of essentials
There’s nothing quite as annoying as arriving at your destination only to find you’ve left something vital behind. Sure, you can buy a toothbrush or phone charger if necessary – but replacing your nightguard or refilling a prescription isn’t as straightforward.
A few days before you leave, sit down and make a list of all the items you know you’ll need.
The best way to do it? Walk yourself through a typical day and try to think of all the things you require. And to ensure you aren’t overlooking anything essential, why not download a list from the internet?
There are plenty of excellent options written by travel bloggers and websites alike.
2. Plan your outfits
Sure, some people prefer a more spontaneous approach to choosing outfits when travelling. They toss a few of their favourite items in a suitcase and hope to be struck by divine inspiration.
But for those that prefer a more structured method, taking the time to assemble potential outfits is worth it. If you want to pack light, bring a few fundamental, versatile pieces – jeans, simple t-shirts or a solid-coloured jacket.
As long as you’ve packed an adequate number of outfits to cover your travel, then you can mix & match on the road.
3. Roll, don’t fold
When trying to make the most out of the available space in your suitcase, you should roll up your clothing. Folding leads to loosely-packed items that take up more room than necessary.
When you roll up your clothing, you can ensure each item is as compact as possible – which will allow you to bring more options.
And let’s be honest, we all love options.
4. Buy a lightweight suitcase
When flying, weight limits for luggage are an over-packers’ worst nightmare. You may aspire to pack as much as humanly possible, but more often than not, you’re thwarted by strict weight limits.
So why waste precious kilograms on a bulky suitcase? Find something sturdy and lightweight. This way, you’ll have another kilogram or two to put towards an extra pair of shoes or trousers.
5. Keep it fresh
If you’re travelling for more than a few days, you’re going to have smelly laundry to deal with. For this problem, we have two tips.
First, purchase a laundry bag intended for travel. After you’ve worn an item, place it in your laundry bag. This was, you’ll separate your dirty and clean items, guaranteeing your unused items remain fresh.
Secondly, buy a roll of scented drawer liner and use it to line the bottom of your suitcase. This will not only combat used-clothing smells, but it will also battle scents produced by tightly-packed and closed up items.
We hope these tips will turn you into a packing expert – arriving prepared, with plenty of outfit options and smelling fresh as a daisy.