I travel a handful of times throughout the year, some times for business some times for fun, but each time requires me to effectively pack luggage. The more organized you are before and during the packing process, the better!
Depending on the length of my stay, I start planning my outfits and collecting needed toiletries a few days in advance. This helps to alleviate any last minute stress before my trip. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve waited till the last minute and once I was at my final destination I realized I had forgotten something.
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Time to Effectively Pack Luggage!
OK, so you have everything that you’d like to pack laid out across your bed/couch/kitchen table. There is a method to packing that will alleviate a lot of problems when you are ready to unpack at your final destination. Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to pack effectively and efficiently:
- Put all of your heavier items along the wheel base of your luggage (if it has wheels, of course). Put any socks inside shoes. Toiletry kits should lay right above the heavier items.
- The best way to pack your clothing is to roll it. It takes up less space in the bag and also reduces the chance for wrinkling. I despise ironing at all, especially when I am on vacation!
- Anything like dresses, folded pants, etc. go on top of the rolled clothes.
- Sweaters and jackets come next!
- Anything that is crush-able is next in line.
- Other socks, loose toiletries (that will not open and leak all over the place) should be packed in the compartments in the “lid” of the suitcase. Have delicate necklaces and bracelets that you don’ t want to get tangled or broken? String them through a drinking straw – now that is cool!
- Bring extra plastic bags to deposit dirty clothing in during your trip. If I’m staying at a hotel, I use their plastic laundry bags that they provide.
- Since I try to bring my luggage on board, I make sure to put all of my liquids and lotions in the required zip lock bag and have it easily accessible in the outside zippered pocket of the luggage. If you are checking your luggage, make sure that any liquids and creams are first placed in zip lock bags before packed. A great way to ruin your trip would be to open the luggage and find your lotion has exploded 🙁
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What are your tips to successful packing? Please share below?