Whether you are taking a business trip or traveling for pleasure, filling up the suitcase seems to be for many the least favorite part about going on a trip. Something fairly simple that can end up becoming a big source of stress when you overthink what you might need or what you should bring. If you have not mastered the art of packing and you tend to find yourself avoiding to pack, do not worry, all things can be learned. And that is why today we are giving you useful tips for easy packing. We are sure they will come in handy when used to pack for your next destination.
Make a list
There are many options to use when making a list. If you are technology-driven, you can use the notes app on your phone or even download a packing list app. If you are more traditional, a simple pen and paper will be just as efficient. Having a packing list is the first useful tip for easy packing. It simplifies the process by making sure you bring exactly what you need besides the more obvious items. And it also ensures you do not forget anything last minute by being able to double check all items once they are gathered.
In order to start your list, mentally go over your normal day. Think about the things you use daily. To stay organized and not miss any must haves, it helps to break areas down in categories. According to things like clothing, toiletries, work, electronics, entertainment, and so on. If you are a frequent traveler, save your lists for future use to avoid having to make new ones every time. You may have to adjust it according to the season and destination but you will always have your basic necessities down.
Often, we tend to fill our suitcases with “just in case items” to be safe. More often than not, we never use those items and we are just carrying extra weight. Stay clear with what you absolutely need. And pack a few preventive items. Some staple pieces include a jacket in case temperatures drop, something dressy if you decide to go out, and things like an extra change of clothing, in case your outfit stains or your trip is extended. The point is to make sure you know exactly what you need and stick to what you will use realistically. This will speed up the process of packing and unpacking but also to help keep your items stay organized during the trip.
Plan your outfits ahead
What will you be doing during your trip? Are you attending meetings, maybe an event? Are you going to be touring around or relaxing by the beach? Check your daily activities and make sure you plan your outfits accordingly. By doing this in advance, it will ensure you have exactly what you need. It will also make the tasks of deciding what to wear for each occasion much easier. Lay each set of clothing out from top to bottom. Include underwear and accessories and then pack them. Adding any extra items that you might need like a couple extra underwear pieces or an extra shirt.
Besides coordinating your outfits and knowing what you will be wearing, choose multipurpose items. Clothing that can be used in more than one occasion. For example, you can pack a pair of pants that you can wear during a meeting but also for dinner or a drink. This way you can maximize the use of each piece instead of having to pack an entirely new set of clothes for each day.
Roll your items
Apart from making sure that your items are clean and well ironed, pack them in the right way. Of course, you can wash clothing on the road, but having fresh items that are ready to use will ensure that you can look your best in every situation. Rolling your items will compact space and keep things much more visible and easy to reach. It will also help to keep your clothing in better condition by preventing unwanted wrinkles.
Travel-friendly grooming products
Our final tip for easy packing is to maximize space by choosing smaller versions of your grooming necessities but also to ALWAYS secure your liquids. Try to find smaller versions of your products by buying travel containers or finding sample sizes of the product. Ensure everything is properly closed and secured. Lastly, place items making sure all liquids and creams won’t be spilling all over your clothing.