How To Prepare to Pack
You’ve booked your tickets to your next travel getaway. You have gathered all of your luggage into one lump of stuff, and piled it on your bed. Great! But, half of the stuff lumped into a mountainous pile will be navigating its way back into the drawers before your packing adventures have begun.
Here’s why: packing is as much practicality, as it is conformity. Is it necessary to take all of your toiletry products? Many of the items that travelers pack in their suitcases and bags contain unnecessary items. If you can buy it on your travels, then you don’t need to lug it around with you.
When preparing to pack, clothes are a luxury item. While it is presumed that clothes will validate the season, it is also useful to note that wearing layers in colder climates will make more sense than bulk.
How To Decide What To Pack
In order to determine how to decide what to pack, travelers first have to consider certain variables. Will you be traveling to a warmer climate? And will you be traveling to either the outdoors, a beach, or a metropolis?
For those traveling to a warmer climate, less is best. For those exploring cooler climates, dense is best.
One of the toughest decision a traveler must make when preparing to travel is what extra items to add. Do you really need that extra set of film? Do you really require suntan lotion or a bulky first aid kit when it could be easily condensed?
Surprisingly, many people still consider it non-negotiable to lug a heavy suitcase around for one week journey, when a small weekend bag will suffice.
How To Pack Like A Pro
Believe it or not, packing takes experience and practice. For instance, lying your clothes flat may seem practical but do you realize how much bulk you are adding? When clothes are rolled tight, you add space.
If you decide to take an extra pair of shoes, the hollow insides can act as a storage container. If you are going to take a camera, be sure to store it at the bottom of your bag in a corner. T-shirts and shorts roll well together, and underwear can be rolled into corners.
If you carry bulky items like jackets, they are useful as a blanket on a plane. Maintain a limited amount of toiletry products, many you can buy at your destination. Use bags when necessary, containers absorb space. It is best to avoid using single-use plastic, and use zip-lock bags instead (they are useful for toiletries as well).
Pack smaller items like tissues between bigger items, or into hollow spaces. Density should be used to constrict any space. Therefore, if you take a belt, you could throw a pair of socks between the hollow central part. Use sleeping bag covers to store smaller items like socks.
Square items such as cameras, books should lie flat on the bottom of your bag. If you are taking a cabin bag, store items such as books, etc inside. This will ensure that clothes are better condensed. First Aid kits should contain essential medicines, eg: plasters, insect bite and pain relief creams.
Finally, if possible, carry all of your documents in digital form. This will allow for less weight, more room and has a lower impact on the environment. Remember: Condense, repack, and think – Do I really need this item?