Smart Packing Tips for the Traveler
Ever have one of those nights, packing hours before your trip, spreading all your clothes and things and not knowing what to put in the bag? Worse, not knowing how many bags to bring? Stressed, frustrated, and in need of sleep, you just throw them all in your luggage without a care anymore. You don’t have to go through that again and again and again. Here are some nifty tips to keep your packing experience fast, simple, and straight to the point.
Smart Packing Tips for the Traveler :
- Make a list beforehand. Always believe in preparation. Take note that mishaps can happen so planning and packing days or even a week before is going to make things easier and less stressful for you.
- What to bring? When thinking of what to bring, only pack those that you “can’t live without”. These are the necessities and immediate needs that, if forgotten, can ruin your trip. Only bring what you will really need and use. It helps using this scenario: If you woke up late on the day of your trip and still haven’t packed, with fifteen minutes left, what would you bring? It also helps imagining what happens in one of your ordinary days. On a normal day, what do you use? Start with: the necessities (hygiene products, clothes, personal wear, shoes), electronics (chargers, laptops, cellphones). Bring things and clothes that can be used or alternated for the rest of your vacation: classic outfits, one pair of shoes that can be used in all occasions, and the like.
- The Bag. Call the airport first. Ask about airport rules, luggage regulations, sizes, and weight. Read brochures on the airport beforehand. Do all these to prevent fees or mishaps. Although, as much as possible, try to put all your stuff in just one bag (excluding your handbag). Try to imagine and remember that the luggage you will be bringing is the one thing you will be carrying around for most of your wait in the airport. Don’t tire yourself by bring so many and just, if it’s possible, bring one that will cater to all your needs. It also helps to check the pockets and mini zippers in the luggage; try to get one that has a lot of openings inside so even if all your things are in just one bag, they still get to be organized. At the same time, having one bag to solely focus on will prevent other things from getting misplaced or even stolen. Although some prefer two mini bags, it’s really up to you and how you plan to carry and watch the bags on a very hectic day in the airport. Don’t forget: Always have your identity information in bag’s tag. If you can, bring a lock.
- Inform People. Let the people you know and love that you are leaving. Leave e-mail or personal notes and how they can contact you, just in case your extra-worried mother starts inviting you for dinner or family reunion.
- Last-minute rounds. Check your list over and over again. Think twice. Don’t forget the airport & luggage rules. Let your loved ones know.
With these tips, packing can be faster, simpler, and easier. Oh and, don’t forget your cellphones, important documents, and most of all… your passport! Happy packing!