If you are a travel junkie like me and want to explore many cultures and traditions, you have to spend a lot of time on the road and most of your time packing your suitcase. For some packing might seem easy but trust me when I say this “it is a lot more difficult than you think”. There is a lot involved when you start to pack your bag for a trip and even after hours of packing there is a chance that you forget your essentials. Some travelers learn it the hard way, after spending thousands of miles on roads and going on several trips. And for me, I had to learn by forgetting to pack my underwear and travel all across Europe. So let me tell you the secret to pack for a trip the right way and travel in style.
The first thing that you will need for a hassle-free trip is a really good suitcase. Make sure to buy one that is sturdy and easy to carry. No more than 22 inches tall and it got to have wheels so that you can stroll easily with it. And if you can choose a bright color or something that is distinctive, it will be cherry on the top. It will save you some time at the luggage carousel as it will be much easier to locate your bag.
Here are 4 packing tips that will help you travel efficiently and pack effectively
1. Carry What You Need
Sometimes we like to carry things that are absolutely unnecessary that take a lot of space to fit in. I used to carry a lot of clothes and didn’t even wear half of it. So I decided to change my suitcase and buy a smaller one with a structured shell. It helped me carry the things that I needed and not anything extra. Try packing your stuff depending on the number of days you will be on the road and think twice before you pack. Avoid stuff that you can buy easily on your tour.
2. Avoid Extra Clothes
Your wardrobe is the most crucial part of your baggage. You need to make sure you don’t fill your bag with all your clothes and also you take enough so you don’t have to waste time and money to buy new clothes. A great way to maintain your wardrobe is following the 5,4,3,2,1 rule if you are planning a short trip. It is very easy to maintain and will help you create more space in your suitcase. Make sure you have 5 sets of underwear and socks along with 4 sets of tops. Choose 3 bottoms from your collection, two pairs of shoes, and one jacket if necessary. If you are going for a business trip make sure to pack a suit or dress.
3. Keep Your Toiletries Separate
If you are carrying toiletries you need to keep it in a separate clear plastic bag. Keep your toiletries bag light and TSA compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and they must be stored in one quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Keep your toiletries bag on top of your suitcase so that you don’t have to take out everything and repack when TSA wants to have a look.
4. Use Carry-On Bag For Personal Items
Prepare a carry-on bag with all the personal items you need on your flight with you to make your journey pleasant. Keep an extra set of clothing and essential toiletries on your carry-on bag just in case if your luggage is misplaced or lost. Keep your carry-on bag lightweight and easy to carry.
It is best if you consider using a small daypack, shoulder bag , or waist pack as your personal carry-on item.
Below are some of the carry-on essentials you will need:
● Don’t forget to pack something warm for the plane. The temperatures can often drop and it’s always a good idea or have a warm pair of socks and a sweatshirt handy.
● Ensure that your liquids meet the airline requirements and that they are packed into a clear, zip-top bag – they should include a mini toothpaste and toothbrush, lip balm, hand cream, face wipes and a mini deodorant.
● Make sure that all your valuables and electronics are well-protected, and that the cords of your laptop or phone chargers are not tangled. Place them in your shoes, in spare sunglass cases or in a little plastic zip-lock bag for safe keeping.
● This is pretty self-explanatory, but be sure to have your passport, itinerary, wallet, cash and cards all close at hand.
● Aircrafts can get particularly noisy (crying babies, snoring man next to you and engine noise) so you may want to consider either a pair of earplugs or some headphones to drown out the unwanted noise.
How To Travel In Style
Depending on your trip and destination always pack a capsule wardrobe. Like we said before, don’t fill your luggage with loads of clothes. Instead, use the 5,4,3,2,1 rule and take clothes that are durable and easy to wash. Keep your clothes versatile so that you can mix and match every day and still look fresh off the boat. Carry clothes that are neural and solid in color because they can be worn in any season and with almost anything. When traveling avoid your regular day to day clothes. Don’t step outside wearing the same old t-shirt that you wore back home. Try something different. Some might say not to carry the designer pieces but I would argue with it. While traveling you will take a lot of pictures so why not look picture perfect all the time. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to flaunt your style. While traveling you will be exposed to people of different cultures. Looking you best will help you give off good vibes and embrace people and their culture. So it’s better to be on the top of your game.
When it comes to traveling it’s often very impractical to pack heels because you will be doing a lot of exploring and walking around. So girls avoid taking heels with you unless you are determined to do it.
Fashion accessories can help you stand out among the crowd. These little accessories don’t take a lot of space and yet make you look fab. It could be a watch, a wrist band or a necklace. It can also be a great departing gift if you fall in love on one of these trips.