If, like us, the thought of traveling more in 2020 sounds like the best thing to do with your spare time, you probably also dislike the thought of packing first. Whenever any of us go away on vacation, we always seem to spend far longer deciding what we want to take, then arranging what we can actually take before giving up and ending up in a hotel room by the beach surrounded by nothing but 8 pairs of socks and more pairs of underwear than we would ever need at home – seriously, why do we always take so much underwear on our travels!
We have searched the internet for the best packing tips around so that when you get to security you know you will not have to pay a fine, or worse, wear all your clothes just to keep costs down.
First things first, make sure you have the right bag or suitcase for the journey. If you are taking a flight it is a good idea to invest in some lightweight luggage meaning you can pack more. However, if you are taking the train you can probably get away with an overnight bag or a rucksack.
When heading to the beach it is tempting to throw a few pairs of bathing costumes into your bag and forget everything else. But what about in the evenings when you are heading down to the restaurant? How many times have you looked into your bag and realise you have brought four different shirts or dresses but not the right shoes to match? A great tip we found is to pack a capsule wardrobe. By packing clothes that have a similar color scheme, you will not only have to pack less shoes but you will also be able to mix and match your clothing, making more outfits out of fewer items.
However, if you do decide you want to take more items of clothing make sure you remember to roll your items. Not only will this help reduce the need for ironing but you will also be able to fit more items into your case.
Always place anything that can crease easily at the top and hang up in the bathroom once you get to your hotel, as the steam from your shower will help any creases to drop.
If you are planning on taking bulkier items with you – jeans, jumpers, heavy shoes – try to wear them on your flight. So long as you are not uncomfortable it is easier to wear your heavier items, leaving your bag or case free to hold more items.
Underwear. Yes, we are back to the underwear! Undies do not need ironing and it does not matter if they crease so squeeze these into spaces you can not fit anything else: shoes, corners, the gap between trousers and tops.
Try to take as few pairs of shoes as you can however when packing make sure they are packed around the edge so you can put your clothes in between them – utilizing the gaps left with your underwear of course!
Another great tip we found was the use of dryer sheets. If you are traveling long haul place a dryer sheet between your items and you should have fresh clothes when you land.
If you do need to take heavy items in your suitcase make sure you place them at the bottom of your case so that they not only make your suitcase easier to move – especially if you have one with two or four wheels. It will also stop your other clothes from getting creased.
Toiletries are a huge bone of contention for many couples that travel. Where you can try to pack as little as possible, especially with many hotels providing toiletries in the room. However, if you do need to take some try to take multi-use products as well as items that are better for the environment. By purchasing small bottles from the local drugstore, you can decanter some of your shampoo, conditioner or body wash from home rather than buying products that have been created specifically for the traveler. Not only are you helping the environment by not using one-use plastic, you are saving money too.
Or if you are on a short trip why not take some dry shampoo, the perfect accessory for any hair!
Entertainment is another area that you need to think about. Why take a book when you can read them on an electrical device, the same with your music, maps and travel guides. Again, not only are you saving money but you are also helping to keep your carbon footprint down.
Finally, the most important thing to remember is that whatever you decide to take should be significant to where you are going. There is no point taking suit trousers if you are spending the entire holiday on a beach, likewise if you are on a city break you may not want to eat dinner in a pair of speedos!