How to Pack Like a Boss: 14 Best EVER Packing Tips
February 19, 2017
Pack Your Bag Like a Boss!!
Who here likes packing? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller (Insert cricket chirping and tumble weed rolling here)? Okay, if you do like packing, seriously, kudos to you. I HATE it. I save it till the last minute always because I dread it so much.
And I dunno about you, but I always pack WAY more than I need. You know, like that pair of platform sneakers that I haven’t worn since 2001, I might need those while hiking through the Andes Mountains. Or that dress that is WAY too tight but I still try and squeeze into (while almost breaking the zipper), well I might need a dress to woo my future husband that I’m gonna meet in Italy (I saw the Lizzie McGuire Movie, it could happen).
The end result is that I have 10,000 things that I have to schlepp around with me while I ride elephants in Thailand, and that is no fun. The bag just gets super heavy (I would actually leave stuff behind while backpacking in China because it was just too much stuff) and you have no room for souvenirs, which is all you really want when you’re away, like that pair of alpaca leg warmers that you just have to have but will never wear again (This ALWAYS happens to me. I get suckered into buying the latest fashion trends of the country I am visiting, and just never wear them again, like those elephant, harem pants I bought in Thailand that make my butt look huge and are WAY too small because everyone in Thailand in Tiny, yeah, what was I thinking?)
Anyway, so to help keep your bags light and your clothes squeaky clean in your suitcase, here are some of my tried and true, best EVER packing tips. That way, you can make room for all the souvenirs that you have to have but that you will never use again once you get home (I hope I’m the only one who does this. I always tell myself, NOT this trip and then I always end up buying all this random stuff anyway. Hence my need for some best ever packing tips). So, without further ado…
14 Best Ever Packing Tips
- Make a packing list – Making a list, checking it twice… Okay, you know how the rest goes. But seriously, lists are key. I always try and write down ONLY what I need and stick to it. This way, I prevent myself from over-packing or forgetting something I actually, really need (And if you do forget something, STAY CALM! They have stores there. Don’t stress).
- Roll it up – Instead of folding your clothes, try rolling them. Not only does it save room in your suitcase, but it prevents your clothes from creasing. To save even more room, try rolling your clothes, placing them in a gallon size, ziplock bag, and then squeezing all the air out (This is in place of the vacuum sealer than I don’t have because I’m not that fancy). Remember, every little bit of space saved helps!
- Say NO to Stained Clothes – This is the worst. You have that awesome top that makes your boobs look amazing, and then you pack it and it gets stained by the bottom of your filthy shoes. Been there, done that, and it sucks. BUT, there is an answer, and it’s not buying duplicates of everything you own. Instead, try rolling all your light colored clothes inside out, and place a shower cap around the bottom of all your shoes to prevent stains. Don’t have a super cool shower cap handy? Psshh, no problem. Try wrapping your shoes in a plastic bag instead.
- Cube your clothes – Yeah, not gonna lie, I have no idea what a packing cube is. Sounds pretty
cool though. And apparently all the cool kids are doing it so if it helps you, go for it (Okay, I HAD to look it up and apparently they help separate your items and allow you to find things more quickly).
- Utilize Dead Space – Don’t leave any space un-utilized! To do this, try rolling socks and underwear and then sticking them inside your shoes. This way, you can maximize every inch of space available to you.
- Rule of 3 – Always pack too many outfits? Keep it simple, stick with three shirts and three pants. Mix and match them to create new outfits and you get a total of nine outfits, with minimal packing (Don’t worry, you can wear clothes multiple times on vacation, I won’t tell. And leave the jeans at home. They’re bulky and retain odors. And no one wants to smell like a hormonal, 13 year old boy while on vacation. NOT a good look).
- Dryer Sheets – So random but so helpful!! Pack these fresh smelling, little wonders of modern technology into your luggage and you won’t have to worry about all your clothes smelling like dirty sneakers.
- Ziplock Bags for Electronics – This one is kind of like the Cube thing in #4, but it’s pretty important so I’m gonna mention it again anyway. Grab some Ziplock Bags and put all like items in a bag. So for example, pack all your electronics in one Ziplock Bag (Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones, etc. Put all this stuff in the middle of all your clothes so that nothing gets broken when your bag is jostled around), and all your journey home items in another bag (house keys, parking ticket and car keys). Do this until all your items are organized and easy to find.
- Cotton Wool for Makeup – I am really not a fashionista and NEVER pack make up when I travel, but this tip is for all the ladies out there who are WAY more stylish than me. To prevent your pressed powder or eye shadow from cracking in your luggage, try placing a cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid for added protection.
- Don’t bring the Whole Guidebook – This one is too hard for me to do, (because I want to see
everything and actually really like reading/studying guidebooks) but for those who can, try leaving your whole, bulky guidebook at home. Instead, make photocopies of ONLY the pages you need and bring them with you instead.
- Seal your toiletries – This has happened to me SO many times. You get to your final destination and all you really want to do is get your sleep on and then BOOM, you open your bag and shampoo is everywhere. This sticky mess is just waiting there, happy to greet you when all you really want to do is sleep. To avoid this worst case scenario, try adding a thin layer of cling wrap to the top of any bottles that hold liquids. Once you do this, place the top back on the bottle and then tape the gap where the lid meets the container, and you’re ready to do this.
- Wear Heavy Items – To reduce the weight of your luggage and give you more packing space, try wearing heavy items like jackets, boots, and sweatshirts on the plane. This way, you won’t have to take up precious space in your luggage packing these bulky items.
- Choose Good Luggage – Not all luggage is created equally so choose wisely because it is an investment in the quality of your travel experience (Seriously, I have had wheels fall off my cruddy
rolling bag and it really puts a damper on things as you attempt to heave and ho your luggage all over the place). I try and go for luggage that I can carry myself, pretty easily, so a medium-sized, rolling bag usually works for me. I try to get a hard top, dark colored bag so that my bag doesn’t get scratched and show the
dirt. Now, a rolling bag is best when you are staying in one location. If you are traveling to many different cities and countries, I suggest getting fitted for an investing in a backpack to make your life A LOT easier.
- Razzle Dazzle Them! – Always label your luggage with a luggage tag, in case it gets lost. Also, try adding some colored ribbons or stickers to your luggage so that you can easily find your bag among the endless sea of black bags at baggage claim (No one wants to get into a brawl by accidentally taking someone else’s bag. Never a great way to start or end a vacation).
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