There is nothing that I like more than traveling, getting the chance to explore new places, trying new food and even experiencing a different weather is just indescribable. The excitement is real, but there is one thing that I might not enjoy as much, and that is packing.
Packing can be a complete nightmare, why? Well, I find that it is something that most people like to leave as a last-minute duty, and doing that can, and most likely will, increase your stress levels. There’s a million things to take care of during a trip, and on top of that we still have to worry about what clothes to pack and try to fit most of your wardobe in a teeny tiny bag (if you don’t want to pay for full size luggage during flights), well maybe not all of your belongings but if you’re going away for a week that’s 7 outfits plus pj’s, toilettries, flat or curling iron (some people even decide to pack both).
If you are someone that tends to struggle and stress out when it comes to packing… this is for you.
First of all, it doesn’t matter if you’re hopping on a plane and traveling overseas or if you are just going away for the weekend in a little roadtrip, these tips will totally make your trip a lot more enjoyable.
1. First Things First
It is very important that you know the exact date and time that you are leaving, how many days you will be gone and how the weather will be like in your destination. This is super helpful because it will allow you to know how much time left you still have to pack, what kind of clothes you will have to bring along and if there is something that you need to buy for your journey, for example, say you’re going to the beach but you don’t have a swimsuit, so you will have time to get one that fits you nicely and not “the only hidious bikini they had in the souvenir shop at the hotel”.
2. Consider The Perks
Why would you travel with a carry on bag only? For starters, some airlines can charge you a lot of money for each bag that you check in during a flight, on the other hand, carry ons are free, plus since you have to take them with you during the entire flight (on the special compartments, of course), you will not loose them! How many times have you heard about airlines loosing people’s luggage or valuable items being stolen (maybe it has even happened to you) and don’t even get me started on the weight of those huge bags, it is so simple to just get a carry on with wheels and stroll it throughout the airport, it is very easy and you will not get tired. Taking a carry on avoids all of these problems 🙂
3. Get The Perfect Carry On
While purses are super cute and stylish, they can get pretty heavy since you put all that weight on only one arm. I highly recommend you to get a carry on that has wheels (probably you already own one) or a backback.
4. Pick Your Clothes
Now it’s time to pick your outfits and since you know how the weather will be like, you already know what kind of clothes to take with you. Because you’re taking a small bag you need to make sure that you can mix your outfits in order to re-use them. For example, you don’t need to take a different pair of shoes for every single outfit of the week, instead, try picking only a pair or two that will fit nicely with the rest of your clothes (depending on how many days your trip will last). Same deal with the actual clothes, try taking a lot of basics and easy to style pieces, so you can change up your look every day.
5. Roll Them Up
Turns out there is a way to “fold” your clothes that will take a lot less space in your carry on (or in any bag, for that matter) it is super easy and it works like a charm. Just lay your clothes flat, fold them in half and then roll them up. Repeat this method with every single one of your clothing items.
6. Arrange Everything Neatly
Now that eveything is rolled up, you just have to place it in the bag. You will notice that by rolling up your clothes, you will have a lot more space than if you folded them the traditional way.
Use a shower cap to cover your shoes, so they don’t get your clothes dirty.
Take all your toilettries in “travel size”and in a different bag, it won’t only save space, but it will also get you through security really fast. If you don’t have the travel size, you can always put your shampoo in a small container.
Put plastic on the caps of all your liquids to avoid them from spilling.
Try all your outfit combinations before packing them, so you’re sure they look great.
Pack at least a day before your trip.
Take a little purse with you with things that you will need during your trip, for example: Earphones, gum, lip balm.
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