- KNOW THE BAGGAGE POLICY FOR THE AIRLINE YOU INTEND TO USE
- MAKE A PACKING LIST
- START WITH THE HEAVIEST ITEMS
- CARRY LIGHT CLOTHES WHERE POSSIBLE
- STORE JEWELRY AND VALUABLES IN EMPTY CONTAINERS
- STORE YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SEPARATELY
- PACK A SMALL MEDICAL KIT
- WRAP YOUR SHOES IN PLASTIC BAGS
- ROLL, DON’T FOLD
- USE UP EMPTY SPACES
- DISCARD LAST MINUTE ‘WHAT IFS’
- MARK YOUR SUITCASE
The euphoria of getting away from the hustle and bustle of life and going on a trip can be overwhelming. There are rare feelings of relief to be compared to it. One thing is inevitable; whether you’re going on a getaway trip or a business trip, packing and carrying luggage is involved. If you’re a regular traveler, you’ll agree that this part of trip planning is filled with indecisions. Most times, people make crucial mistakes, like forgetting vital properties or missing their luggage.
Also, the confusion of ‘what do I take with me’ and ‘what shouldn’t I put in the box’ arises, and if you’re not careful, you’ll get worn out before your journey starts.
What then is the way out?
Many travelers have reported that having a prepared essential packing list for their trip helps them to avoid these critical mistakes. It eases the stress of trying to remember what you should and shouldn’t pack for your trip.
In today’s post, we examine 12 luggage and packing tips you should know before you travel, for the best experience.
KNOW THE BAGGAGE POLICY FOR THE AIRLINE YOU INTEND TO USE
To avoid getting harassed by airport officials or keeping others waiting while negotiating that your luggage weight is appropriate, it’s vital you know the baggage policy of your preferred airline. You can also go the extra mile to get yourself acquainted with the road transport baggage regulation in the country you’re visiting. This information will save you the embarrassment of having issues with the authorities.
MAKE A PACKING LIST
A packing checklist for your trip helps you know both what you left at home and what you have in your travel bag. You wouldn’t want to leave any vital necessity behind on your way back. This checklist helps you track items you traveled with so you can recheck while packing for your return journey. We advise your packing list starts with the essential things you will need during your trip, like documents, and cover down to leisure personal items.
START WITH THE HEAVIEST ITEMS
While packing, heavy items should be packed at the bottom. Putting heavy items at the bottom will help your suitcase or backpack to maintain balance, which makes it easy for you to carry and wheel your box.
CARRY LIGHT CLOTHES WHERE POSSIBLE
Instead of bulking up your suitcase with a stack of hoodies and bulky sweaters, pack more thin clothes that you can layer up and that can serve you dual purposes.
STORE JEWELRY AND VALUABLES IN EMPTY CONTAINERS
Small containers are your best friends when you’re embarking on a trip. They hold your valuables while occupying little space in your box. They’re the ideal packing container for your valuable pieces of jewelry. If you’re traveling with liquid-based materials, ensure you seal the top of the lid with plastic wraps. Liquids expand due to cabin pressure and altitude and can also spill out while the bus sways or takes a sharp turn. You wouldn’t want to have shampoo or make up all over your clothes before you can get to wear them.
STORE YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SEPARATELY
Your trip will be a lot easier if you stored your documents in an envelope or a pouch and kept in a place where you can access it easily. Fumbling about your handbag to bring out your tickets might make your documents fall out, leading to a missing document.
PACK A SMALL MEDICAL KIT
Pack a small medical kit that’ll contain first aid essentials like pain relievers, plasters, stomach tabs, and probiotics. Do not pack chronic medication tabs unless you have a chronic medical condition and cannot go without these tablets. Carrying a medical kit with you will save you the hassle of looking for a pharmacist when you get a headache or a stomach bug on your trip.
WRAP YOUR SHOES IN PLASTIC BAGS
Wrapping your shoes in a plastic bag keeps them from leaving dirt marks on your clothes. You sure don’t want to have clothes with dirty stains on them.
ROLL, DON’T FOLD
Rolling, instead of folding your clothes helps you use smaller space for more clothing as rolling enables you to stuff in thin clothes into your bag while packing.
USE UP EMPTY SPACES
Use up every available space you have by stuffing small containers and items like your socks in the small spaces available. This helps your items get packed completely and eases the stress of carrying a bag with hollow spaces.
DISCARD LAST MINUTE ‘WHAT IFS’
Most last-minute ‘what if items’ thrown into your suitcase are usually not needed and might not be used while on the trip. Therefore, after packing, go through your checklist and packed items and pick out that last minute dress that isn’t so important or those boots you most likely won’t put on. This will make your luggage lighter and create room for more critical items.
MARK YOUR SUITCASE
During your trip, there are chances that you might meet other people that have the same suitcase or backpack like yours. If you do not want to be caught up in the mistake of a luggage swap, then put a distinctive mark that’ll help you identify your luggage.
Conclusively, knowing these little tips will save you from severe consequences. Packing the right way is a big relief and will help your trip start on the right foot.
We wish you the best!
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