Packing Tips for New Travelers

Packing for any trip is important as you will be most likely living out of your suitcase for a while. It is best that you put some thought into what you bring on your adventure. Packing can be fun as it makes you excited for your trip, but if you’re new at traveling or need advice, these are my best tips for practical and easy packing

1) Pack light

Over packing can be expensive, heavy and pointless. Bring what you need not what you think you might need. You can save space in your luggage, which is useful if you’re planning on getting souvenirs. If you’re flying, depending on what airline you’re going on, you can save money because of your lighter bag. Packing light can help you out if you know if you’re going to be carrying your luggage ahead of time and make your load easier. It’s easier to keep track of your belongings and you only bring what you need. Overall packing light is smart.

2) Know your necessities

Your destination does affect what you have to bring. Packing for a tropical climate is different then packing for a skiing adventure. Evaluate the conditions and requirements of your planned location and know what you must bring.

3) No “Maybe” clothes

In my own experience I have notice I pack clothes which I think I might wear, then I don’t. This takes up a lot of valuable space in my suit case. If you also relate to this problem save yourself the trouble and only pack clothes you know you will wear for sure. You will save yourself space and unnecessary laundry.

4) Roll your clothes

Rolling clothes take up less space then folded clothes.

5) Keep in mind how long you will be away

How much you need to pack depends on how long you will be away. Short trips are easy to pack for; as you bring clothes for each day you’re gone. Longer trips however require more thought. Pack based on how many laundry opportunities you have and if you’re willing to re-wear clean-ish clothes.

6) Careful when packing jewelry

Necklaces and bracelets can easily get tangled, broken and lost while travelling. My best solution for this is to bring jewelry that wont tangle, like a bracelet with thick beads. If you want to bring a delicate necklace, I have seen people clasp them through straws to keep them safe and untangled.

7) Make a list for next time

After you have gone on a couple trips, you start to know what you must pack. Try making an official packing list. This way you know where to start packing for your next trip.

8) Have distinguishable luggage

Most suitcases these days are black, and if you are looking for your luggage after your flight, it may be difficult. Or what happened to me is someone took my bag thinking it was their own. Luckily they left their real suitcase behind and the airport staff contacted the person and i got my stuff back, but that doesn’t always happen. Having a suit case that is a crazy colour can help you identify it as your own, which can also help you if you see some one swipe it. A fast response can save you the stress of losing your bag.

After packing for many trips, this is the best advice I can offer. If you have some tips for packing that I missed, feel free to comment them, you might help someone out. Happy travels!

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