Perhaps the only thing worse than returning home after a trip is the packing, planning, and preparation you must do beforehand to ensure that you have everything that you need to take with you. Save yourself some stress and simplify your travel prep with these packing tips and hacks.
Make a list
Without a packing list to follow, it’s difficult to ensure that you have all of the things you need without anything superfluous. Consider items you need daily — toiletries, medications, other necessities — and make a list including enough to last you for each day of the trip. Make sure to include clothing, outerwear, and footwear in your list as well. This way, even if you put off packing until the last minute, you’ll at least ensure you have all of the essentials.
Pack outfits, not items
One way to save space, time, and energy on your trip is to plan out outfits for each day of your trip rather than packing your favorite items and matching them together as you go. Not only will this eliminate the guesswork out of getting dressed each day, it can also cut down on luggage space that would otherwise be occupied by clothes that will go unworn. If you’re stuck trying to decide whether you should bring a certain garment that you aren’t sure you’ll use, leave it and save the extra space for something you’ll need.
Wear the bigger items
If you’re traveling somewhere that you may need a jacket or boots, instead of packing these bulkier items, wear them. You’ll save an immense amount of space in your luggage while also bringing all of your necessities with you.
Roll, don’t fold
Make the most of the space you have by packing your clothes in the most efficient manner: rolling them. It’s amazing how much space you can save and extra room you’ll have if you try rolling your clothes into a more compact area rather than folding them and packing them that way.
Bring chargers and battery packs
If you’re relying on your smartphone as a means of navigation and information, you’ll want to make sure that your device doesn’t unexpectedly die on you right when you need it most. Make sure to remember to pack your chargers and bring an external battery pack along in case you’ll have to go a while until you’re near an outlet.
Packing can be stressful, but with a little forethought and planning, you can simplify the process and make your trip all the more enjoyable.