Packing is a pain to deal with for many people. Many are always looking for ways on how best to pack their suitcase, no matter how experienced of a traveler they are. Keep in mind that, depending on what kind of suitcase you have for you’re travels, there’s a chance that some of these tips might need to be modifying while you’re packing for your travels. However, regardless of how much you’ve traveled, there’s always room for learning about more packing tips when it comes to packing a suitcase. So, without further ado, here are some travel tips that might help you out:
Put any loose toiletries (e.g., toothbrush, hair brush, toothpaste, razor, contacts/contact solution, etc.) into a bag to keep everything together & to maximize the space that you have; this also makes it easy to reach for when you’re going to shower or brush your teeth after a long day of travel.
Sidenote: put these at the top of your suitcase – that makes it easier for you to reach at the end of the day, and it’s easier for TSA/Customs to check instead of them taking apart your carefully packed suitcase just to check your toothpaste
Roll your clothes up to save on space; you can also use the bundle technique where you put an outfit (underwear, pants, a shirt, & socks) rolled up into one small bundle so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting something or spending lots of time searching for it on your trip. Packing cubes are also a great way to roll up and pack your clothes if you tend to go that route instead of rolling everything up.
The bigger the suitcase, the more you can pack. If you’re only going on a weekend trip, a small carry-on bag or duffel bag should do the trick. If you’re going away for 2 months and would need more, take a bigger suitcase. Utilize every inch of space when you’re packing your suitcase: it’s like a puzzle; if something fits best in a certain spot, put it there. While everyone has their own preferences on where to put things like underwear and bathing suits, try to put whatever shoes you’re bringing at the bottom of the suitcase and fill up the rest from there.
And remember: there’s no need to overpack and bring a year’s worth of stuff if you’re only going away for a week. Bring what’s absolutely necessary; if you need to buy something once you’re already on vacation that you didn’t know or think you’d need, that’s absolutely okay. Yes, it’s a pain to have to do that, but try to have it be for instances like “Hey, I realized that I forgot my bobby pins & we decided last-minute to go to a really nice restaurant” and not “I forgot to pack my DSLR camera.” Common sense kinda stuff, ya know
Essentially: don’t go overboard on packing only the bare necessities if you know you’re going to need something that might be expensive or hard to get; but make sure that you’re also not overpacking.
As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.