Baggage Battle: Packing Smarter for Your Trip

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When you decide to travel abroad, there are many things to keep in mind. For example, what will you wear? What things do you need for hygienic purposes? What will you do during your downtime? This is where packing comes in, but most don’t know how to do it right. Read on to find some great information about how to pack smartly.

You have to have the right bags to be able to get everything you need to its destination. That means choosing sturdy, durable bags which stand up to the abuse airline loaders will put it through. Choose brands which have good reviews online and pieces which are made of tough materials. A garbage bag just won’t cut it, yet some people continue to pack their clothes in such a container! Don’t make that mistake; invest in high-quality bags.

When luggage goes missing, terror truly takes over. To avoid being totally put out by losing your bag, put your most important items into your carry-on bag. For extremely valuable or important pieces, such as your documents, keep them on your person. You can wear a fanny pack or slip them into your wallet. That way if someone steals your bag, they won’t get the most important things.

A comprehensive packing list allows you to check each item off as you add it to your bag. From the moment you wake up in the morning until you go to bed, take note of the things you use. Make sure you can follow the same routine when you get to your destination. Also consider things you will do there that you don’t at home, like going to the pool or being out in the sun all day.

When you pack your clothes, often they come out looking a mess. They either have fold-line creases or are crumpled up from sliding around. Avoiding this is as easy as rolling your clothing into tube shapes. This keeps the clothing tight, not allowing it to move enough to wrinkle, and avoids fold-line creases entirely thanks to the item having no edges.

When considering how many shoes to bring, be realistic. You likely only need one pair of casual shoes and one pair of dress shoes, but only if you plan to go to a fancy event or restaurant. Shoes are bulky, take up an odd amount of space in your baggage and tend to only be worn once or twice if they aren’t your regular pair. The less you bring, the better, so save that room for something more important.

Don’t forget to leave room for souvenirs! Whether you are buying for yourself or as presents for family, you need to be able to pack them in your bag. Only fill your back to two-thirds capacity so you can bring back anything you wish.

It doesn’t take much to pack the right way, and with these tips available to you, you now can do it yourself. You won’t have any hurdles to overcome as you travel to your destination. This means less stress and more fun, and who doesn’t want that? Enjoy your trip, be safe and have a great time!