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Packing Tips You Need To Follow


When packing for a vacation, it can be tempting to over-pack to ensure you have everything you need. But the reality is that unless you go to a far-flung part of the world that has no amenities or contact with civilization, you will be able to buy anything you might need or have it delivered during your trip. Even if you are going on a cruise, there will be ports you can shop in as well as stores on board for you to buy emergency supplies.

 

Packing light can allow you to fit more into your suitcase and aid those dreaded excess baggage fees associated with overpackers.

 

So, what do you actually need when you are packing for your vacation, and how can you pack accordingly?

 

Duration and Activities

The length of time you will be away should dictate the amount of luggage you take. Naturally, a two-week vacation will require more luggage than a 2-night excursion. So avoid thinking you will wear more than you actually will by looking at how long you will be there and what you will be doing.

 

If you are going to be lounging around the pool all day for two weeks or sitting on the beach, then you will likely need more swimwear and coverups than actual outfits. So you can look at pacing your bikinis, swimsuits, c-ring thongs, swim shorts, kaftans, and beach dresses instead of finding multiple outfits per day. If you are going on a cruise that requires you to dress up for certain activities, multiple outfits are expected and should be accounted for. The same is true if you plan excursions or visit warmer climates, as you might need to refresh your clothing more frequently. Be realistic about what you are doing to help you avoid overpacking.

 

Weather

The type of weather you are expecting at your destination should also be used to help you pack. If you’re visiting an area during the wet season in Costa Rica, Mexico, or Hong Kong, you might need to pack additional outerwear and extra clothes in case you need to change out of wet outfits. If it is sunny, you will need lightweight clothing and fewer layers. It makes perfect sense when you think about it like this. Will your activities or the weather cause you to need to change clothes frequently? Yes, pack more; no, then do you need more than 1 or 2 outfits per day?

 

Amenities

Before you pack everything but the kitchen sink, check what local amenities your hotel, resort, or base has. Does your all-inclusive resort have its own food, clothing, and toiletries stores, or are you within walking distance of a retail area? If so, then you don’t need to make the “just in case” times as you can pick up what you need if you need it during your trip. If you are likely to be a fair distance away from anywhere, you can bring an extra pair of socks, for example, as an additional one or two pairs will come in handy. Really, it’s about common sense. Can you buy it at your destination? Yes, then pack the bare minimum you will need for the week; no, pack a little extra for emergencies.

 

How To Pack for Maximum Efficiency

Lastly, how you pack, and the weight of your clothing will play a big part in what you can take. Remember, airlines especially have strict rules about what weight your luggage is allowed to be both for hold and carry-on luggage. This means you need to get creative with what you can take and how you pack your suitcase.

 

  • Make a list – you need to have a master packing list that you can check off as you pack your case so you know you have everything, and you’re not tempted to open it up to double-check.
  • Roll, not fold – if you roll your clothing, you are more likely to fit more into your suitcase. Plus, if you roll everything like a cinnamon bun, it is less likely to crease, so you can leave your iron or steamer at home!
  • Heavy items by wheels – it makes sense that the heaviest items should be at the bottom of the case, so pack them this way.
  • Use all the space –  tips like packing socks into shoes, using zipped paces in your suitcase, rolling valuable or breakable items in towels, etc., can help you pack more and free up space.
  • Use packing cubes – we’ve all seen the viral packing cubes online, and using them can allow you to pack better, remain organized, and ensure that all spaces in your car are used up and nothing is missed.

 

Packing appropriately isn’t actually that complicated. Choosing what to pack and how to pack can allow you to travel easier and lighter and avoid any drama when checking those bags in!


Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 12 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 12 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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