So you claim you’ve learned the art of packing smart.
Then comes this longest trip you ever will have, so far.
You’re scratching your head now, wondering how your valuables will fit inside your luggage.
You are aiming for mobility. You want your hands free. You do not want to incur unnecessary fees as well for excess baggage. And even more than that, you have no plans dealing with persistent porters.
The challenge is on then.
What should you remember when packing for long trips?
Packing becomes easier once after conducting a research about your destination.
How’s the weather in the place? How do the locals dress? Is there a code you should follow?
Are sandals not allowed?
By studying a place, you not only guide yourself to valuables you should be stowing in your bag. You also determine which are best left at home. Say, toiletries are cheap and readily available in the place. Then, you need not bring your bathroom with you.
There are things you cannot survive without.
Clothes, toiletries and gadgets. If you’re doing travel essay writing and blogging for instance, then your camera should be among those on top of your list.
On this part, stop thinking about what ifs. Think about everything going according to plan. How many clothes will you really need given there are no interruptions?
Some travelers do not mind walking around with creased clothes. Some do, and if you are one of them, you are likely most concerned about keeping your clothes fresh and neat. Relax!
There are ways you can do so.
First, roll your clothes. This does not only help you save space in your bag, it also avoid garments from getting crumpled. You can afterward use elastic bands to keep the clothes intact.
You can also fold clothes together with your top or soft garments sandwiched in pants or bottoms you are planning to pair them with. Then press hard as you stack. The tighter the clothes are together, the better. You leave no room for the garments to move or shake. Thus you avoid creases.
Go with the neutral so mix and matching will come out easier.
You can wear your pants or skirts repeatedly and put on accessories to give each look a new twist. Scarves would help you a lot on this given that wearing jewelries is not advised.
Put clothes on carry ons.
Place at least a pair of clothing on your carry on so you will not have to dig deep into your luggage should you need to change.
This saves you headaches in case you encounter troubles retrieving your luggage. At least you have extra clothes to use while figuring where it is best to shop for clothes.
When arranging your things, place the heavy ones underneath as well as those you know you would not need right away. Ensure that your underwears are safely tucked beneath so they do not get exposed much to your surprise.
Go take with you as many ziploc bags to protect your gadgets. These containers also work well for documents, and even toiletries.
One more tip, discuss who’s bringing which when you are traveling with a big group.
You need not bring individually things that can be shared such as camera tripod. You might want to as well exchange copies of important travel documents with your peers as backup.
When traveling, Nettie Gray keeps her clothes inside a waterproof bag or giant ziploc. One time, she had to borrow clothes from a friend because of a sudden downpour that left all her valuables wet.