Last Updated on November 29, 2019
Depending on your personality, packing can either be the most boring and stressful activity on Earth (especially if you’re packing for a business trip), or a very exciting one that is an essential part of your travel experience.
According to a study conducted in 17 countries that collected over 17,000 responses, 72% of the respondents indicated that the anticipation that comes with planning for a vacation trip – of which packing is a big part – is capable of giving the most immediate boost of happiness.
But whether you like it or not, the truth is that it has to be done… and preferably in the best possible way. Because the last thing you want during your travel is having to deal with the stress caused by packing mistakes such as forgetting an essential item or carrying around an overpacked suitcase. Step up your game with these
#1 – Travel packing list
Start your list with the essentials: hygiene items, phone charger, number of socks and underwear, earphones, etc. At this point, you should know exactly what some of the activities that you’ll be doing during your trip are.
For example, if you’re going to the beach, you’ll need bathing clothes and sunscreen; if you’re going to explore the city on foot, you’ll need comfortable shoes; if you’re going to enjoy the nightlife, you’ll need your best clothes. Your list will heavily depend on the activities you’ll be doing – decide those first!
Before writing down the number of shirts, coats, and sweaters you’ll need, pick up your phone and check the weather forecast to see what the weather will be like during your stay in the city you’re traveling to.
If you’re like most people and pack the day before, you can have a very accurate idea of the weather and pack accordingly. There are a few helpful apps that were built to facilitate this entire packing process.
We recommend PackTeo because of its user-friendly design and built-in templates that suggests some predefined items according to the type of trip you select (camping, beach holiday, business trip, etc).
But before you finally start packing items and cross them off your list, you need to choose an adequate suitcase. One of the most common mistakes, especially if you’re packing for air travel, is not checking the airline’s policy.
If you’re traveling with a low-cost company, chances are that there are rigorous restrictions regarding the dimensions and weight of your luggage. Check if your suitcase is within the norm, otherwise, you will have to pay an expensive extra fee.
#2 – Washing clothes abroad
This tip is especially important for longer trips – usually business trips that require you to stay abroad for two or more weeks.
There’s no need to carry a huge amount of clothes when you can certainly find affordable laundry services near your hotel – if your company is paying all your expenses, just use the hotel’s laundry services.
If you’re not staying at a hotel, be aware that many accommodation rentals provide laundry facilities that most of the time you can use for free.
This will make packing so much easier because we all know that it is almost impossible to fit 2 weeks worth of outfits inside a normal-sized suitcase.
#3 – Don’t fold: roll
That’s right. This is the best way to pack if you want to save space and prevent your shirts from getting wrinkles, and the fact that most people don’t use this technique is absolutely shocking. Try it and see for yourself. Just make sure you roll your clothes as tightly as possible.
#4 – Be organized while packing
If you just start randomly putting your clothes and items inside your suitcase without thinking about the arrangement, you’ll most likely struggle to close its zipper afterward. Take some time to think where everything should go.
Here are some quick tips: start with the rolled items and form a layer with them at the bottom of the suitcase; then place your pants and shorts; place the clothes you’re going to need first at the very top and use the corners to place small items like your phone charger, belts, etc.
#5 – Packing shoes and boots
This is by far the part people struggle the most when packing, which is why we will teach you everything you need to know about how to pack shoes for travel.
• Choose wisely: just like your other items, the number and type of shoes you pack will depend on your destination and the activities you plan on doing. But you should only carry with you 3 pairs at most: your most comfortable shoes, one fancier pair, and another pair for more specific activities (or specific weather, in case it rains or snows).
• Packable shoes: these are small, lightweight, and even foldable shoes that can easily fit in your suitcase even when it seems almost full. There are some very fashionable models that can fit any personal fashion style, and you can even find packable boots! If you’re a frequent traveler, this may be a good footwear option that will allow you to carry an extra pair or two.
• Fill them: you don’t want your shoes to get smashed during transportation. By filling them with socks and other small items, you are simultaneously saving space and retaining their original shape.
• Put them in a bag: you also don’t want your shoes to get dirt all over your freshly washed and packed clothes. That’s why you should place them in a reusable plastic bag. Before that, use some shoe cleaner to eliminate odors.
• Take the bulkiest pair on your feet: this is kinda obvious. But sometimes people may forget it, especially when traveling from a sunny country to a rainy one. Bring your waterproof boots on to the airport, even if it may look weird. You’ll save space in your suitcase and be more than prepared for the weather when landing at your destination.
One last tip. If you have a hard time closing your suitcase after packing, consider making some changes and leaving some clothes behind, because it will be even harder when packing to return home. And you probably want to have some space left for souvenirs and other shopping you might do during your trip.
So, did you find this article useful? If you have any other creative packing tips, don’t hesitate to share in the comment section below!