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Top Ten Packing Tips

Pack Like a Pro!

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to travel with a greater sense of ease than everyone else?  Their clothes are wrinkle-free and always just the right thing for every occasion, and yet they never seem to be lugging an extra heavy bag.  What do they know that the rest of us don’t?  I polled a list of the best travelers I know and have come up with the following list of top ten travel tips. Try a few – I think they’re all great. 

 

A well packed bag means a savvy traveler.

A well packed bag means a savvy traveler.

 

1.  The outfit that works in the Caribbean may be completely inappropriate for Austria – even if the summer temperature is the same.  Somehow bright florals and electric colors look better under a tropical sun. Consider your destination and what will and won’t look appropriate before packing your bag.

2.  Always throw a collapsible tote bag into your suitcase. It can be used for a day-bag, to carry a lunch or your rain jacket etc. or be pressed into service as a carry-on if you buy more souvenirs than you’d expected.

3.  Balance your bag by packing heaving things at the bottom, so it won’t tip over if left to stand on its own.  And while it’s always good to pack lightly (particularly if you’re using the European rail system and will be running between tightly scheduled trains) you should also try to pack tightly.  Gently roll your sweaters and t-shirts to fill the space in your bag evenly.  When you have too few items in too large a bag, the pieces tend to fold over on themselves, creating wrinkles you’ll find hard to press away. 

4.  Bring old shoes and new socks.  A walking holiday is never the time to break in a new pair of shoes – always bring your most comfortable, well-worn pair.  On the other hand, old socks can have bare areas or even holes, which can lead to rubbing and blisters.  Ouch!  To be doubly sure your feet will stay comfortable, toss some moleskin and a package of liquid bandages into your knapsack.  If a blister does appear, you’ll be prepared.

5.  Jewelry is best packed in a plastic fishing tackle box or even a plastic pill sorter, so earrings can be kept together and chains won’t tangle.

6.  Be sure never to put your jewelry in your checked luggage, but instead keep it with you , in your carry-on bag. 

7.  Before packing, write out a list of the days you’ll be gone and list the clothing you’ll need.  Be sure to plan for both warm and cool weather, and remember to include underwear, socks, shoes, bathing suits and accessories.  By writing out your list on paper, you’ll be able to see opportunities for certain clothing items to do double duty and you’ll end up packing less.

8.  Because shoes take up so much space in your bag, it’s important to make the most of your packing opportunities by filling them with socks and underwear etc. 

9.  Heading for a country where you won’t be able to speak the language?  It might be a good idea to bring along a few photos of your home, your neighbourhood and your family.  Even if you can’t communicate everything, you’ll at least have a few conversational aids.

10.  Never trust that your checked luggage will arrive.  To be sure you’ll have something to wear, trade a few pieces of your clothing for a few of your traveling companion’s.  If one checked bag doesn’t make, at least you’ll both have something to wear.

Posted in Gear 8 years, 9 months ago at 12:06 am.

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