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.