Packing is something that comes with every trip no matter how long you’re going away for. It can be a tedious process and one that often ends in frustrated arguments or complete helplessness and you just pack anything and everything. You will already find a blog post on Gaijin Crew about packing tips to help avoid this and you can read it here. This post focuses on planning your packing to revolve around the kind of trip you’re going on to ensure you don’t over pack and end up stuffing everything in. It will help you pack quickly and with efficiency. Planning and packing go hand in hand.
First on our list of packing tips is about clothing. Clothes will obviously take up the majority of your suitcase so it is important plan and know exactly which pieces you’re going to bring. I always do it, take half my wardrobe because I ‘might’ need that, or I ‘might’ wear this. To combat this dilemma really think about what you need to bring and maybe one or two extras in case something gets dirty.
Another thing to keep in mind when packing your clothes is to think about where you’re going, how long you’re going for and what you are going to be doing when you get there. Obviously if you’re going somewhere guaranteed to be hot and sunny, take out the hoodies and long sleeve tops, you wont need them. They’re bulky and take up too much space that you could use for other things.
Finally, fold, fold, fold! This will be your life saver when it comes to packing efficiency and will free up lots of extra room, while keeping your clothes nice and crease free.
The same goes for your footwear. There is no point in packing 8 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip away. I understand people like to be prepared for all weathers and situations but again, really consider your locations and activities then try to narrow down the shoes you pack to as few as possible. This is a great space saving method.
Following on from this, really use the shoes you do bring to your advantage. They will most likely be the bulkiest and most awkward items in your suitcase, but use them to pack other things into. A great way to save space is to pack socks, underwear, small tops, chargers, deodorant or anything really into your shoes.
Again, taking time to think and about exactly what you’re going to need and use is essential when it comes to toiletries. Large bottles of shampoo and things aren’t very travel friendly; they’re bulky, often awkward shapes and are prone to leaking which is the last thing you want to happen. Instead get the miniature equivalents to save space and make sure to keep them in a smaller, sealed bag to save your clothes and other belongings.
If you’re taking makeup, then the same applies. Try to take the bare minimum, just exactly what you will use and keep it in a separate bag to prevent anything from breaking or leaking.
4. Hand Luggage
I have always been bad for throwing everything into my hand luggage at the last minute because I convince myself I really need it and will use it, which of course I never do. There are really only a few things you need to pack in you carry on bag and I’d really recommend keeping it as light as possible to save you lugging a useless ton of bricks round the airport. Make sure to pack your phone, your wallet and passport and then a few extra things to keep you occupied on the flight. Maybe a book or e-reader, or a tablet to watch something on and earphones to listen to music. Apart from this there probably isn’t much else you’d need
Although one thing I would recommend is to pack a spare toothbrush and spare pair of underwear. This is just in case the dreaded happens and your main luggage is lost, at least you’ll have some clean pants to wear in the meantime!
These are just some extra ways to ensure your packing process is as quick, efficient and well done as possible. The key is to plan what you actually need, and not to bring too much. If you want more in depth packing tips once you’ve planned what to bring, then be sure to head over to our other packing tips post here. Happy packing!
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