When looking for the best way to pack, do you struggle with where to begin? Do you find it difficult to pack light? Do you need a travel checklist to help you get organised?
Everyone loves embarking on a holiday, but one area that is always less than exciting is the packing for your upcoming travel. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive are for tips on packing, as finding the best way to pack can help any traveller minimise the time spent fiddling with their luggage and leave more room for adventure and exploration.
In this article, the team at Waratah Adventure Tours have put together some simple, yet effective packing tips to help when you next travel.
Avoid Under or Over-Packing with a Travel Checklist
It can be tempting to leave a little room in your luggage for those special souvenirs or presents you will collect as you travel. Even when packing light, leaving this empty space can affect the items you already have as they can move and shift, potentially causing damage or even breakages. Over-packing, on the other hand, can lead to unsightly crease marks and the difficult repack situation once your holiday ends, leaving you with little space to work with.
Be mindful of what you will really need on your trip by creating a travel checklist to help you better prepare for the times ahead. First going through your essentials will show you the room you have leftover in your luggage, which can then be appropriately filled with any extra items you feel are needed. This ensures you are still packing light, yet have everything you will need whilst away.
Roll Clothes (Don’t Fold)
One thing that you will always need while away is clothing. Again, we want to be conscious of space to continue packing light, but no one wants to open a suitcase to find all of their outfits creased and crushed beyond use.
Fortunately, there is a secret to solving both problems.
Rolling and carefully placing your clothes as you pack is a widely popular method for travelling, as it reduces the surface area taken up in your case, saving space and reducing wrinkles from developing. Tops and dresses can be folded and rolled from the bottom up, whereas pants and skirts can be folded and rolled from the waist down. Once everything is neatly assembled, you should allocate your space for clothing before adding other items like shoes and accessories.
Add Fabrics that are Travel Friendly for Your Holiday Checklist
Sticking with clothing, one of the best tips for packing involves pre-selecting the fabrics you want to take with you. Yes, they will need to be weather appropriate, but you will also need to be mindful of how they travel in your case. Placing certain items on your holiday checklist can help to better visualise what you will be doing on your travels, allowing you to then decide on what exactly to wear and the best way to pack. To help prevent any creasing or catching in your luggage, packing items made of light, versatile fabrics like knits and stretchy textiles, rather than woven options like linen or cotton, is a great travel hack. While they may still wrinkle, these creases can fall out after hanging, without the need to iron or steam your outfits upon arrival. These lightweight fabrics also tend to feel weightless in your luggage, which is great for packing light.
Store Heavy Items at the Bottom
Possessions like shoes, books and appliances can be best stored at the bottom of your luggage to help stabilise your bag, whilst also protecting other items from getting squashed. This will also allow you to move more freely as you walk. Again, use your travel checklist to identify the heavier items that you are planning to travel with to help you find the best way to pack. If you are packing light, this may also help you realise if something is essential or if it can be left behind.
Put a Reusable Water Bottle on Your Travel Checklist
One of our more useful tips is to make sure you have a reusable water bottle on hand as you travel. We know that liquids can pose a problem as you go through airport security, but so long as your bottle is empty on arrival you will not have a problem. Enjoy packing light with only one bottle and fill it up with water once you are inside the terminal for a convenient, greener way to stay hydrated while you travel.
Contact Us Today if you are after some packing tips for a specific destination & Incredible Adventure Tours
At Waratah Adventure Tours, we are committed to providing the best experiences for our customers at a reasonable price. Along with our packing tips, our friendly and experienced team are ready to help you make your way through your holiday checklist, visiting beautiful landscapes, immersing yourselves in local culture, and making new friends along the way. For more tips for packing or information about our tour options, contact us today!