Everyone loves to travel, but few people enjoy the packing that goes along with it. Preparing for a trip doesn’t have to be a headache. There are simple and efficient ways to pack your bag that will make your life easier before, during, and after your travels. Check out these top 25 travel packing hacks that will save you time, stress, and money in overweight baggage fees:
1: CHOOSE CARRY-ON-FRIENDLY LUGGAGE
Instead of checking a bag, travel like a minimalist and only pack a carry-on. There are several benefits for choosing to fly only with a carry-on. One, you don’t have to waste time checking your bags at the airport. Check in online and when you arrive in the airport you can bypass the check-in counter and go straight to security. Two, you’ll save yourself the annoyance of waiting around at baggage claim at your destination. You also won’t have to stress that your baggage got lost along the way. Time and sanity, saved.
2: ROLL AND COMPRESS YOUR CLOTHES
Roll your clothes instead of folding them
Folding is out. Rolling is in. Rolling your clothes before packing them in your suitcase reduces the amount of space your items take up. Even better, pack your rolled clothes in reusable and compressible plastic bags. These handy travel bags squeeze out all the extra air, saving you even more space. It also spares your clothes unsightly wrinkles and saves you the hassle of trying to find an iron and look presentable when you reach the destination.
3: DON’T OVERPACK
It is a challenge to not overpack, but it is not impossible
Much easier said than done. Everyone’s guilty of overpacking at some point and there are a few simple tricks to avoid it. One, don’t bring something that you think you might wear if you’ve never worn it before. It’s pretty much guaranteed you won’t wear it on your trip. Second, lay out all the stuff you want to bring. Then only take half. This takes some practice, and you have to be a bit ruthless at times but having an over-packed bag can really bum you out during a trip. Plus, doing this will save room for souvenirs!
4: WEAR YOUR HEAVIEST CLOTHES
If you’re traveling with multiple pairs of shoes, wear the ones that take up the most space in your luggage. For example, if you’re bringing sneakers and flip flops, it’s always better to wear the sneakers and pack the smaller sandals. The same logic applies for your clothes. Wear the puffy jacket on the flight (it’s cold on planes anyway!) and layer your underneath clothes so you can strip down if you get too warm. This will keep you from lugging around heavy things in your suitcase and save you room.
5: Stash Items in Shoes
Pressed for space in your luggage? Take a look inside of your shoes! Yes, they eat up a lot of room, but you have to pack them, so you might as well make them as efficient as possible.
This is a great place to stash smaller, more fragile items (like perfume bottles) to keep them protected during the flight.
Travel Packing Hacks Save Time, Money and Stress
Regardless of whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you don’t want to spend your trip worrying about the contents of your bag.
These travel packing hacks are designed to ease the burden of preparing for your trip, so you can enjoy it to the fullest extent once it begins.