Very few people I know enjoy packing and none of those people have been on an extended holiday where you may be repacking your bags every few days- so here is a list of common packing tips and some that I’ve discovered for myself.
1. Don’t fold your clothes, roll them
I first tried this one a few years ago and was amazed at the results. By rolling your clothes in stead of folding them not only do you save room in your suitcase but it also decreased the chances of everything getting horribly creased and you ending up looking homeless on holiday, hallelujah!
Its an annoying feeling when you walk out of the airport in a new country and the weather is nothing chose to what you expected or packed for. This can end up with you having few options for outfits and no one wants that. What I always do is look up the weather a few days in advance of my holiday and even go to the point of planning my holiday outfits at home. This is also great in that you won’t have those useless, bulky items like coats taking up all the room in your bag!
3. Pack plastic bags
Generally on holiday you will be carrying around some dirty laundry with you. So for those days in between getting the laundry done I like to put the dirty clothes in plastic bags so they don’t stink up the rest of my stuff. Plastic bags are also a good idea for putting your shoes in- this keeps the dirty soles off your stuff.
4. Travel sized shampoo, conditioner etc.
This one may seem a bit obvious but its one of those things that needs to be remembered. If you’re going to be moving around a lot, repacking and carrying your bag yourself, you want it to be as light as possible. Before I travel I always make a trip to the supermarket for some travel essentials including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and anything else I may need that isn’t easily accessible on holiday.
5.Prepare for foreign power outlets
I know from experience how annoying it can be to arrive in a foreign country, get to your hotel and attempt to charge your flat phone only to find that the charger won’t connect to the power outlet. Simple solution to this, before you head off on holiday buy a traveler’s power adaptor for that country that will connect to your devices. Korjo have an amazing universal power adaptor that is worth its weight in gold!
6. Don’t pack expensive jewelry and valuables
All travelers must remember that anything they take overseas could end up staying there due to loss or theft. Therefore, if you are indecisive about bringing a fancy watch with you when you travel, best leave it at home where it is safe. Additionally, depending on where you are travelling to, you may not want to walk around wearing expensive items as you could attract pickpockets and scammers (and are less likely to get a deal when bargaining with the locals if you are wearing a Marc Jacobs watch).
7. Don’t overpack
Finished packing? Great, now take out half. All those things you don’t really need, that you were indecisive about packing in the first place but you packed because you might need it – leave it at home. You want to have some space left over in your suitcase for all the things you’re going to buy when on holiday, glorious souvenirs! Also, who wants to be encumbered with a heavy suitcase they need to lug around trains, staircases and streets – better to pack light and buy anything you desperately need whilst away.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!