One of the most considerable stress about travelling is packing for your trip. Ranging from items to pack to finding space in your suitcase, there are a few tips you can try to relieve the stress and enjoy your journey.
The first place to start is the organization. Whether or not you are a frequent traveller, you can still benefit from staying organized, while thanking yourself later, too. The first place to start is to make a list of items you need and this will largely depend on the purpose of your travel.
For example, other than the basics, a business trip will require a completely different list of ‘must haves’ than a vacation traveller would. You can break down your list by destination (i.e. temperature changes between the two locations) into a few different categories.
This would include:
- Clothing (and shoes!)
- Entertainment (including chargers)
- Importance (passport, wallet, money etc.)
Space is often one of the most significant issues when it comes to packing, which is not surprising, as many have admitted to packing more than they would need. So, how do your packing habits compare to the average travellers?
According to survey conduction by the Huffington Post, here are some common habits for travellers:
- 70% of traveller fold their clothes rather than rolling
- 77% plan their clothes or outfits in advance
- 75% pack 2-3 pairs of shoes
- 45% pack 1 pair of underwear for each day, plus a spare
- 58% never weight their luggage
- 69% stay under the limit for checked bags
So, how do pack like a pro? Here are our top tips:
- Packing cubes: These are one of the best ways to save space and to organize your suitcase by grouping your items. This especially helps when you are looking for a particular item and don’t want to dump out your bag to find it when you finally arrive at your hotel.
- Keep Items In Sequence: Pack your suitcase in the sequence of events that they will be used. For example, you will want to have your passport, pen and personal items close to you at all times. Once you have checked in, your next preparation would be your in-flight needs. This could mean have charger handy, a neck pillow, headphones or an iPad. You can organize this within your carry on or an additional bag (or purse) if you have one.
- Separate Dirty Clothes: Add an extra packing cube or separate bag to keep in dirty clothes and don’t mix it with your fresh clothes. A good idea is to add some potpourri to your laundry bag, and suitcase, to eliminate any odour. You may also want to take a Tide to Go with you to feel prepared for any accidents.
- Fill Dead Space: You have a lot more space than you might think. Dead areas such as corners, inside your shoes and more, can be very useful. Ensure that you are packing correctly by utilizing space rather than wasting it.
It’s common (like me) to overthink many scenarios and want to be prepared for by packing extra items, especially clothes. However, when your packing in your cubes, try to pack outfit and not options. This will help eliminate excess space and stress so you can enjoy your trip, whether your destination is in Edmonton, or anywhere else in the world.