4 Tips For Packing Like A Pro

11/07/2015

Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca, Spain

Packing is perhaps the hardest part of any upcoming trip. You need to have the right clothes for the weather at your arrival destination, and you need to have space in your baggage for other items such as a medical kit, a towel, books and travel documents. The most important part of packing is, of course, a good quality, robust piece of luggage. To choose the item that’s right for you, check out this website by luggage specialist  Bags To Go. Once your bag is sorted, you need to know how to pack it.

Whether you are travelling for a week or taking an extended holiday, there is an art to packing. Follow these four tips to help you pack like a pro.

1. Important documents

Your travel documents and money are your most important possessions while travelling, so you need to make sure they are safe and secure at all times. Keep your travel documents in an organised travel wallet so that you can quickly access them when needed. Everything you need—from your hotel reservations, flight itineraries, insurance forms and personal identification documents—should all fit in your travel wallet alongside your passport, credit cards and foreign currencies.

2. Carry-on luggage

When travelling, you will take both carry-on luggage and checked in luggage, both containing different parts of your gear. Organise your carry-on luggage so that everything you will need through airport check in and customs is easily accessible and your hands are free. To make your bag easier to carry around, cull its contents down to only essential items: electronics, travel documents, medication, a pen, a spare set of clothes and a good book. Make sure you pack anything you cannot travel without in your carry on just in case your checked-in luggage is lost or delayed by the airport.

3. Roll your clothes

To create as much space as possible when packing your checked in luggage, roll your clothes into small bundles: that way they wont crease and will save valuable room in your suitcase. Once all of your clothes are rolled, line them up in the bottom of your suitcase and pack shoes, toiletries, towels and other items on top. If you are on the return trip home and need to create even more space, stuff lightweight clothes into your shoes.

4. Wear your heaviest items

To ensure you do not exceed the luggage limit on international flights, wear your heaviest items on the plane rather than storing them in your luggage. Things like hiking boots, winter coats and jeans should be worn while in transit to keep your lightest items in your checked in luggage. This is a valuable tip because airports charge for excess luggage, and reducing the weight of your luggage can save you lot of money when you get to the airport.

If you use these four tips next time you are packing for a trip, you will find the whole process runs more smoothly. Careful packing will not only help you find your items more easily, it will also keep them more secure. So, what are your packing tips? Share them in the comments below.

3 comments

  1. Comment by Sam - Journo and the Joker

    Sam - Journo and the Joker Reply 01/08/2015 at 3:06 AM

    After years of travelling, I still find packing a chore. I used to always wear my heaviest clothes but when I’m landing in a hot destination this is not always as practical as it seems. And I wish I could get the hang of rolling clothes. It just doesn’t seem to save any space for me. In our latest trip I opted not to have a single toiletries bag. I have a few small bags with essentials in that are more easily slotted into gaps in the backpack.

  2. Comment by Paulette Howell

    Paulette Howell Reply 24/09/2015 at 1:30 PM

    Great tips! I am going to visit France next weekend. It will be amazing trip. I am so glad that I found your article on time. My advice is to make a copy of your documents. Just in case you lose them. My mom usually photo them with her phone. Best regards!

  3. Comment by Sonia Wheeler

    Sonia Wheeler Reply 16/11/2015 at 10:02 AM

    Glad to read those packing tips. I prefer to make a checklist, in order not to forget something important for my traveling! Thanks for sharing

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