Here you will find practical vacation packing tips for all aspects of the packing process.
What To Pack - Our Travel Packing Tips give details on what to have in mind when choosing clothes, toiletries, travel gear and gadgets to pack for your trip
How To Pack It - Our travel tips for packing luggage explains the different Packing Luggage Methods and shows you how each method works in practice
We have all heard about the importance of travelling light, because of the airlines luggage restrictions but also since travelling light makes travelling easier in many respects. Most air travel packing tips therefore firmly advice you to pack as light as possible. Those that are best in travelling light usually travel with carry-on luggage only.
Pack Items In Accordance
With The Purpose Of Your Trip
Travelling light is though not for everyone. You might want to pack more than is absolutely necessary or because you want to take some luxury items on your journey.
You might also have to pack more because the purpose of your trip requires it, e.g. when going on a long journey, visiting family and friends and bringing lot of gifts, etc.
It doesn't matter if you travel light or not, the first travel tips for packing luggage is to start with what you know you will need. If you have free space / weight allowance, you should feel free to use it for your optional extras.
When packing clothes you might want to pack enough to last you throughout your trip if feasible. To make your clothes last longer and get different outfits from fewer items of clothing... choose colors that mix well together, reversible clothes and use layers to deal with variations in temperatures.
To minimize wrinkling you should choose your packing method wisely but also consider the fabric in the clothes you choose to take with you. Clothes that are lightweight, wrinkle resistant and dry quickly are the ideal choice for all travelers. Most specialized modern travel clothes fulfill these criteria.
When packing toiletries it makes sense to minimize toiletries as much as you can. Just pack what you will need during your trip - no need to travel back with unused toiletries. You might even consider buying some toiletries at your travel destination, especially if you are flying with carry-on only (so you do not have to worry about the strict liquid rules at airports).
When packing travel gadgets and travel gear you need to consider carefully what to bring and what to leave behind. Not only space and weight matter. Many travel gadgets and travel gears are expensive and you do not want to risk losing them. At least make sure your insurance covers adequately those gadgets you decide to take with you.
It is important how to pack but it is even more important how you pack it. Travel packing is all about making the most use of the space you have available.
There are three main packing luggage methods and they are explained in detail in this packing article How To Pack Your Bags:
Folding - This is the most traditional and common way to pack but the clothes tend to crease more than if using the other packing luggage methods below
Rolling - Clothes are less likely to crease if you roll, rather than fold them. They also take less space this way, making this a popular packing method with backpackers
Bundle Wrapping - This is the best way to pack your bags. As the name suggests bundle wrapping involves wrapping your clothes around a central core object
Utilize Your Luggage Better
Packing Cubes And Packing Organizers can make packing easier in most cases. They allow you to fit more in your bags and help you to stay organized during your trip.
They are especially useful if you are moving around a lot, i.e. packing and unpacking number of times while travelling.
Eagle Creek offers wide range of packing solution systems, so if that is of interest to you, check our Review Of Eagle Creek Packing Cubes.
Some say that if an item is not on your packing checklists you should not pack it. Others are not bothered at all and still manage to pack their bags somehow.
For Any Travel
Packing checklists should though be useful for all travelers. They remind you of items that might be good to bring with you on your travels.
They also reduce the risk of forgetting any “must haves” - like your passport for example.
Packing checklists however do not eliminate the good old common sense. If something is not on any of your travel packing checklists, you should still take it if you need it - or even if you just want to bring it along.
Our view is that packing checklists are strictly not necessary but they can be helpful when packing for your trip.
Top Travel Tips offers packing advice and 10 free packing checklists for the following occasions:
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