Wondering how to pack efficiently for your vacation?  Here are some tried-and-tested tips to make sure you pack smart.

 

It’s Important: Pack Efficiently

Packing right is very important. If you forget something you need, you may be stressed to buy it when you reach your destination. Overpack and you may end up paying unnecessary fees for your heavy bags and feeling disorganized.

Here are 10 tips ensure you pack efficiently for your next vacation.

 

Packing Efficiently for Vacation

 

1. Know the Baggage Policy

Every airline has a baggage-fee policy. To avoid unexpected charges, check what you can bring whether it is a domestic or international flight. Most airlines allow one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard planes. Also, be sure to weigh your luggage. This will help you avoid being charged unnecessary fees at the airport. If you’re close to the weight limit, wear heavier clothing. Also consider leaving behind heavy toiletries and just buy them at your destination.

 

2. Check the Weather

Another tip to packing efficiently is knowing what the weather is going to be like at your travel destination. From there you can choose the appropriate clothes to keep you comfortable and prepared for your holidays.

 

3. Create a Packing List

Creating a packing list ensures you don’t forget something important. The key to packing efficiently is having an idea of what you’ll be wearing each day you are away. Write it all down on a piece of paper like a checklist. Mark each item off as you fold it way in your luggage. Add an extra pair or two of underwear or an extra pair of socks just in case. Choose your most wrinkle-free pieces. 

 

4. Wear Layers and Pack Layers

Always remember that wearing layers of clothing works for any climate. If it’s too cold, you simply add on more layers and if it’s too hot you can remove a layer or two.  Thin layers work best and they are easy to stash in your purse or backpack when you take them off. 

 

5. How to Pack Your Suitcase Efficiently

Before packing anything, spread out everything you will bring so you give yourself a visual display. After you make a pretty final decision on what to bring, put them into categories: skirts, pants, shirts, accessories, etc.

 When packing your suitcase, think from the bottom up. Any shoes and heavy items should be placed in first. The heaviest items are best placed in the region of the case that attached to the lid.  For wheeled luggage, heavy and bulky pieces should be placed at the bottom and above the wheeled portion. Make good use of those disposable hotel shower caps and use them to cover the base of your shoes, this way you don’t get your packed clothes dirty.

Within your shoes or extra purses, tuck in small items to really make the most of the space. For any leftover spaces squeeze in smaller items like your socks, underwear or bathing suits.   

Any of your personal toiletries should go in the case that is the center of the suitcase, this way it is buffered by the clothing.  Place any bottles with liquids, gels or creams in Ziplock bags.

 

6. Roll, Roll, Roll Your Clothes

Rolling is much better than folding. Your tightly rolled clothes will take up less space than folded clothes and will have a lesser chance of getting deep wrinkles.  

 

7. Use Packing Cubes and Sacks

To make the most out of your luggage space invest in packing cubes, packing sacks or compression sacks. Compression sacks pack clothing into a vacuum-packed bundle.  

 

8. Think of How You Can Save Space

If there are laundry facilities at your destination, you can save space and just wash some of your outfits for re-use during your trip.  Also, dual-purpose items such as pants that turn into shorts can be worth their weight in airline baggage fees.

 

9. Packing Books

Don’t bring heavy travel guide books. Just photocopy what you need. Consider downloading useful travel apps on your phone or tablet. You can also get an eBook reader to download all and endless number of books you may want to have on your holiday.

 

10. Know What to Carry On

Always, have an extra set of clothes in your carry-on. Never check the essentials that you will need including prescriptions, IDs, credit cards, jewelry and electronics – these should be taken on the plane with you.  Luggage can get lost and someone could possible steal a valuable item you left in a checked bag. Don’t take the risk. Also, use Ziplock bags to store electrical items, keys and medications.

 

That sums up our best tips to help you pack efficiently for your next vacation.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you approach packing. Comment with your best tips below.

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