You have already decided to take a trip abroad. You must be excited about it. However, it is never that easy. Other than having your visa and passport ready, you must ensure that you are carrying everything you need along with you. Figuring out what to take and what not to bring is never an easy task.
- It is about feeling at home even when you are away
- You still need to ensure that your luggage is light
The best way is to consult an expert on how to have all the things you need and still ensure that the luggage weight is not too much. Being a smart luggage packer will take a lot of creativity, organization, patience and paying attention to every detail. These tips will help you achieve a quick and effective packing;
- Get help
Imagine every time you think you are done with the packing; something else appears; an essential item in this case. Your suitcase seems full, and you are left in a dilemma of what to remove from the briefcase so that you can carry that cute dress or pair of shoes that you do not want to leave behind. You might waste a lot of time replacing items and at the end of the day; you will still leave some essential items. You need someone to help you make the decision. For example, a friend can advise you that you do not have to carry all your pair of shoes. After all, you will be leaving people behind right? They will help you choose the few pairs of shoes that you might not do well without once you are gone. This helps in speeding up the decision-making process.
- Maximize your bag space
You can have a list of all the items that you intend to carry. Now it is time to make them fit in the suitcase and fit well. Creating space is not that hard. First, you can start with light clothes such as t-shirts, some light pants, and sweaters. Instead of folding them when packing, roll them. Do not let the fear of them getting wrinkled stop you from creating as much space as you can. You can always straighten them later when you reach your destination.
The next way to create space is by wearing a travel jacket or vest with lots of pockets. This way you can carry some items in your pockets. What about looking for a vacuum-seal bag? This way you can keep some stiff garments such as your blazers that cannot be rolled. Some items such as socks and lingerie can be stuffed in other things. For better organization, it is recommendable to go for packaging cubes.
- Check out the scale
You must know that the scale does not lie. Yes, it can be frustrating to leave some of your favorite clothes behind, but if need be, just let them go. Luggage weight is very crucial. It is wise to weigh your luggage while still at home this way; you will avoid the shock of finding out that your bag is already overweight while at the airline. The only way you are going to evade the baggage fee is if you have an airline credit line but what if you do not have one? Save yourself by leaving your home with the ideal travel weight. It saves you a lot.
- Priorities first
When packing, you must know which items should start and which one you can pack right before locking the bag. The best way is to start with your shoes. Shoes are bulky and occupy a lot of space, but you can decide to pick a pair for every occasion that you might attend while abroad. This ensures that once you are done packing a few pairs, you will have all the remaining space to keep all the other items that you need. You will already have a checklist. Tick every item after it’s packed.
- Do not forget to have a carry-on
You cannot keep all your items stuffed in one suitcase. Consider getting a handbag where you can keep any breakables and valuable items such as the immigration documents and any other fragile things.
- Ditch your old items
Do you really have to carry your old jewellery and makeup? You probably have siblings that you will be leaving behind. Now it is time to gift them with those bangles, necklaces and makeup kits that you loved so much. You can always get new once wherever you are going. In this case, generosity saves you a lot.
These tips will help you a lot and minimize your frustrations. You can always hire a man, and van to take your items to the airport. What’s even better? They can help you with the packing process, and at the end of the day, you will be stress-free.