If we could list the biggest problems in the world one of them would have been PACKING. We apologize for the caps but think about how many times you struggled with what and how to pack if what you picked is necessary or weather-appropriate, and last but not least how on earth you would be able to fit everything in a carry-on bag. For that reason, we tried to make a guide to navigate you through this exhausting and time-consuming process.
1. Pick the right suitcase for the occasion
This fact is probably the most accurate especially when it comes down to space management issues. There is no need to have more than 3 different types of suitcases which means that you should have one for carry-on luggage one for checked luggage, and one duffle bag. These will be your go-to choices and based on your needs or the type of trip you could pick the right one. People tend to carry additional stuff with them because they simply are using the wrong suitcase for the occasion.
2. Create outfits
Another useful tip when you are packing is to do so according to pre-set outfits. Try to think your itinerary and create possible outfits with a few items that could work as passe-partout. That way you will be prevented from packing extra pieces of clothing and accessories you will probably see them again when you would unpack. A very inspiring way to follow this technique is by using the 5-4-3-2-1 rule where you limit yourself to no more than 5 pairs of underwear and socks, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes, and one useful piece of accessories. Trust us, it works!
3. Use apps
Well, last time we checked we were in 2022, and in the times when technology is taking over many aspects of everyday life, traveling couldn’t be out of the game. Sometimes you need a friendly reminder on what you forgot to pack or a piece of advice on how to do it correctly or what you should be aware of and if your mom is not around, use your smartphone. There are a few apps out there that can help you with the packing process and make it effortlessly fun. We gathered our top picks regarding packing apps you could choose from based on your needs.
Let us elaborate, with Packr you get fully customized travel lists and weather forecasts which update your packing list accordingly, and if you are also packing for more people than just yourself you can create separate lists for them using the Family mode. Moving to PackPoint travel, this app will create a list o things you need to pack based on the length of travel, weather at your destination, and it also takes into consideration any activities planned during your trip. With Packing Pro you will become exactly what the app implies; a professional in packing your stuff since the app gives you access to a catalog of more than 800 items to choose from for different types of travelers and with the option to share the lists with anyone. Last but not least, One bag is the ideal app for the ones who like to pack lightly and don’t want to waste their time worrying about the strict weight requirements of the airlines or simply they are just going to spend a weekend backpacking and prefer to pack efficiently yet effortlessly.
4. Mind the weather
As Swedes say; “There is no bad weather, but wrong clothes”, one of the most frequent mistakes we do when we pack is to not keep in mind the weather. Although sometimes it can be highly unexpected and hard to make a deal with the skies, weather forecasts are your friends when you are packing your stuff for your next adventure. Especially when you are traveling to a place exotic or completely frozen you definitely have to be aware of the weather changes and be prepared accordingly. However, this doesn’t mean that there is no room for mistakes, keep in mind that if you are not heading in a cave or somewhere in the desert there is always a place to buy something you forgot to pack, and is absolutely necessary to have there.
5. Keep the things that can cause damage separately
Given this title, we are referring to anything that is able to either stain your clean clothes aka shoes, or create a complete mess to the hole luggage aka cosmetics. The good news with this type of problem is that it can be prevented easily. We recommend using fabric pouches to store your shoes so you can keep your clean stuff untouched and plastic or water-resistant toiletry bags to keep all your liquids that could destroy the whole content of your luggage or even the luggage itself. Also, keep the latter on the surface of your suitcase so in case of luggage control if you are traveling by plane it is easily accessible.
6. Toiletry bag always ready
The Goddess of decluttering and home organization Marie Conto has over the years given amazing advice about keeping your space clean and well organized but she had once given the best tip regarding traveling and this is our next gift from us to you; Make sure to always have a small bag with bathroom products stored to your cabinet which you could grab easily without losing time preparing it every single time, plus it is less likely to end up forgetting essential items such as a toothbrush or a pair of contact lenses.
Now that you are all set and you have packed the coolest and tidiest luggage ever, LuggageHero is here to store this gem and make sure is safely kept as you are enjoying your trip. In order to see all of our drop-off partners near you, download our app here!