Whether you pack your bags a week in advance or 3 hours before your flight leaves, we all could use some tips on making the packing process just a tad simpler. Below we compiled 16 ways to increase the simplicity and efficiency of packing; hopefully this can reduce some stress.
#1 Make a packing checklist.
By using a packing list you can be assured you won’t have the sulking feeling of “Oh no” as the plane is taking off and you see someone else pull out their iPad, that looks just like the one you forgot on the couch at home, from their carry on.
#2 Make sure you actually review said checklist.
Make sure the list is actually followed and extremely important items are in bold or highlighted such as identification.
#3 Learn policies regarding baggage fees.
You’ve budgeted down to the half penny and realize you have now accumulated an additional $50 worth of baggage fees because your bag is apparently one inch too long. Find out all baggage policies to avoid this easy to dodge headache.
#4 Roll all clothing.
By rolling your clothes you minimize tons of space that would go unused if using the traditional folding method.
#5 Reduce what you actually think you need by half.
Typically we try to prepare for the what if situations that might occur. This looks like bringing 6 pairs of socks for a 2 day trip just in case a pair or two gets wet. Just reduce it all by half.
#6 Use dividers or packing cubes to aid in utilizing all bag space.
These cubes are life savers. Or even small Cardboard Boxes can be helpful as well.
#7 Realize all essentials and a one spare outfit need remain with you via carry on luggage.
Sometimes luggage gets lost, pack in your carry on everything that you absolutely need so it is with you the entire trip.
#8 Pack some spare plastic bags or Ziplock bags to used items and clothing.
Want to keep potential smelly or dirty items away from the clean? Make sure to bring extra small store bags or the like to preserve your items.
#9 Contain liquids and items that could spill in their own separate compartment from clothes.
I would hate to have my liquids spill out on the only pair of dress pants I brought for the entire trip; when in doubt, separate them out.
#10 Wear bulkiest items on the plane.
If it is possible that coat that would normally take up half your suitcase is best in hand or worn.
#11 Get settled mentally with possibly purchasing travel sized soaps and deodorants at your destination.
Unnecessary weight or potential trashed cash, mini is the way to go.
#12 Wrapping or separating out clothes via tissue paper to reduce wrinkles.
Minimal friction between clothing reduces risk of wrinkles.
#13 Keep your clothes from acquiring the odors from distant lands via dryer sheets.
#14 Warmth is in the layer not in larger items packed.
Small items you can layer together are better than bulky items.
#15 “Just in case” is a myth.
Enjoy a shopping trip, extra stuffed suitcases aren’t necessary since accidents aren’t often
#16 Leave your luggage some wiggle room.
Leave room for the souvenir family snow globe.