Packing for a trip sometimes feel like trying to hit a bullseye while blindfolded. How do you even know where to begin predicting what you need during your trip? Here are 10 tips for successful packing on any of your travels:
- Pack less than you think you need. Bringing an assortment of clothes and saying "I'll just decide later", means you will always have not enough or too many clothes. Planning your outfits means you will have just enough.
- Bring clothes that can mix and match. If you have a shirt that can only be worn with that one pair of shorts, leave it at home. Bring clothes that are versatile and can be re-worn in different outfits. That way if you wake up and hate what you chose for yourself when you packed a week ago, you always have a few options.
- Pack all your underwear in one corner of your suitcase. That way you don't need to tear apart your meticulous packing job to find some fresh undies.
- Bring a bag for your dirty laundry. Deposit your dirty clothes in the bag to keep them separate from the rest. No one wants to see you smelling your way through your laundry to find something clean.
- At most, you need three pairs of shoes. Good walking shoes, sandals, and something nicer -but versatile - for going out. That's it.
- Don't go overboard on toiletries. Packing is an excellent time to sort through your toiletries and go "huh, I never use this Shimmering Coconut Shea Butter, I should bring it with me". Don't do it. If it's not already part of your daily routine, it will just become dead weight in your suitcase.
- Wrap up stuff that could explode or leak. Bring plastic bags for toiletries (or other things) that could explode or leak. The worst thing is arriving to your destination to find that your clothes are covered in lotion, body wash, (or, as in my sister-in-law's case), cocoa powder.
- Pack a day's worth of clothes and your toothbrush in your carry-on. That way you won't be stuck if your luggage happens to be delayed a bit.
- Pack valuables in your carry-on. Minimize the risk of valuables getting stolen or damaged by keeping them with you in your carry-on. Good rule of thumb: if losing it would make you cry, pack it in the carry-on.
- Bring a purse with an across-the-shoulder strap. Not only does it keep your hands free to take pictures, etc. it's less likely to get snatched off your arm.
Happy Packing! What are your best packing tips?