Sometimes, figuring out what to pack can be one of the most stressful parts of preparing for a big trip. You don’t need to start getting your luggage ready weeks in advance, but you shouldn’t put it off to the last minute either. Here are some tips about how to pack practically and efficiently for the next time you’re getting ready for a vacation or getaway.
Check the Weather and Make an Itinerary
Check out what the weather is going to be like at your destination so that you have an idea of what to expect. If it’s going to be sunny, for instance, you’ll know to pack appropriately light and loose clothing. It’s also a good idea to think about the kinds of activities you’ll be doing while you’re away. If you’re planning to sit on the beach for your whole vacation, you may only need a bathing suit and towel. If you’re planning to do some hiking or play sports, you’ll need to pack the right gear.
As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to under-pack than over-pack. The more things you bring with you, the heavier your luggage will be, which may get irritating over time. Instead of packing your entire wardrobe, consider buying whatever essentials you left behind while you’re on the road. If you leave some extra space in your luggage, you’ll have room to bring back souvenirs and gifts for friends and loved ones.
Another major reason to pack light: overweight baggage fees. Airlines are charging fees for luggage that exceeds a certain weight nowadays, and with all the other extra fees associated with air travel, packing light can help keep your costs down.
If you’re concerned with saving space in your suitcase, here are a few space saving tips:
- Use the inside of your shoes as a storage space for small items such as jewelry and trinkets.
- Roll clothing as tightly as possible to save space (rolling won’t wrinkle your clothes if you roll them as flat as possible on a smooth surface).
- Pack underwear, socks and small clothing items last, rolling or folding them tightly and placing them in the creases between clothes or around the edge of your suitcase.