Who would not feel even the tiniest bit excited about travelling, escaping the mundane everyday life to while a few days away in a place they have never been to before? The thrill is in the planning itself—figuring what to do, where to stay, what to eat. But then comes the packing.
It’s a common struggle. You want to take everything—the cargo shorts, the cocktail dress, the sandals, the sneakers, the new video camera you have been waiting for an opportunity to try out—only to find out in the end that your single suitcase says no. But hey, here’s the truth—you are not going to be using everything you pack anyway. At the end of the trip, you’ll be regretting it when you find yourself dragging luggage that’s going to feel heavier than you remembered it to be.
Fret not, here are five helpful tips that will solve the whole packing problem for you!
- Roll Them Up
When it comes to storage and packing, everyone is used to folding their clothes into neat squares and piling them on top of each other in the wardrobe. That’s a good way to stay organized, but when you want to load a lot of clothes into a suitcase, the better option might be to roll your clothes. Rolling your clothes makes them wrinkle-proof, while also saving you much space in your bag. The ranger roll technique is just for you if you are opting for a suitcase free of clutter.
- Make Them Shrink
No, you are not going to need a machine from an old cartoon that shoots a neon-blue ray of light on your bulky, leather jacket and makes it smaller. All you need is a plastic vacuum storage bag. Not only will these be a protective coating for your light-colored clothing from possible fluid spills and dirt stains, but you would also be surprised at how much storage would be spared in your suitcase once all your bulky clothing is stuffed into a vacuum storage bag, rolled up neatly and placed in there.
- The Golden Rule for Packing
While all the rules for packing you’ve heard involve the words “do not bring these”, “do not bring that”, there is one necessary rule that will help you not get in unforeseen trouble before or at the end of your trip. That’s the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule. This rule has already planned out your packing list for you, so there’s nothing left for you to do rather than cram,
Two pairs of shoes
Three pairs of pants or skirts
Five pairs of socks
And six sets of underwear in your traveling suitcase before you thank me later.
- Pixels, not Paper
Count yourself fortunate there is a digital version of that heavy travelling guide. Google offers a number of services for travelers that can all be freely accessed through a mobile device, Google Translate and Google Maps to name a couple. If you aren’t certain about the reception, you can still download translation apps and maps onto your phone, not to mention PDFs of books you might want to read in case you get bored for five minutes. Sounds better than a heavy bag full of paper, right?
- Test, for the Sake of the Future
Once you’ve gotten the hardest part covered, there’s only one thing left to do—test. Take a test walk with your suitcase, see how it copes with various textures of ground. Test-lift it up and down a staircase and know exactly how heavy it is going to be. Check the wheels, the handles and the straps to make sure they will not betray you later on, and you are good to go.
What perfectly aligns with a well-packed suitcase is a relaxed mind. Don’t be anxious, the best is yet to come. So bon voyage, and I hope you have clear skies!
By Rebecca Mischelle