Pack Like a Pro: Top 10 Travel Packing Tips

Zsófia Albert

Zsófia Albert

Zsófia Albert is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Hungary).
You can read more about Zsófi here.
Zsófia Albert

Have you ever got charged for an overweight suitcase? Discovered a disastrous liquid leak inside your baggage upon arrival to your destination?

We’ve all suffered from these kinds of luggage nightmares that could have been easily avoided by following a few basic packing tricks.  Want a stress-free journey and a smooth packing experience?  Then just read the tips below and remember them the next time you’re preparing for a holiday.

1. Pack Light to Travel Light

Sure you need that fourth pair of jeans for your seven days trip?  Pack a few basic pieces of clothing that should match with each other, then just mix and combine them during your journey.  Think about the number of outfits you need and subtract one.  You still won’t wear everything you pack.

If you can afford it, then try taking half of the things you will need and double the money.  You can always buy a few cool local items on the spot and they can make a great souvenir as well!  You will always remember your special holiday later when you’re wearing them at home.

2. Roll it and Bag it

When packing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, place them in vacuum compression bags, seal the bags and squeeze the air out.  You won’t believe how much more space this method will leave in your suitcase!  Rolling also prevents creases more effectively than folding – which means you don’t have to face a pile of ironing when arriving to your holiday destination!

Stuff socks, underwear and accessories inside of shoes – make sure that every possible space is filled wisely.  I traveled to Malta for 7 days with only a small cabin baggage using this method, so I can confirm it definitely works well!

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Traveling as a couple?  Split your clothes between the two suitcases, so that you both will have something to wear even if one of the suitcases gets lost (or delayed) during a flight.  Also if one of you is okay with fewer clothes and the other has to pack that fifth pair of shoes, just in case, this trick will balance it all out.

4. Have the Essentials in Your Hand Luggage

Let’s face it – sometimes bags do go missing.  It’s always best to be prepared for the worst, so make sure all your valuables are with you on board in your hand luggage.  Always pack a spare change of clothes in your cabin bag too, just in case the worst happens and your checked-in bag gets lost/delayed.  That way you don’t have to rush to the shops for the replacement clothes as soon as you arrive.

5. Carry a Small Bag Full of These Random but Useful Essentials:

You never know when you’re going to get caught off guard in your travels.  Have a ziplock bag of the following essentials with you, and no unforeseen event will catch you unprepared.  They won’t take up too much room and they could literally save your day:

  • a multi-plug version adapter (when traveling out of country)
  • a sewing kit
  • a sticky tape
  • a string
  • some safety pins
  • padlocks
  • a few pens
  • some tissues
  • some hand wipes
  • tweezers
  • mini scissors
  • some medicine
  • a sleep mask

6. Plug in, Baby

Ear plugs and headphones could belong to the above mentioned category, I had to make them a separate paragraph though.  I don’t know about you guys, but when I travel, I always have at least one crying baby or a kid making strange noises, or an annoyingly loud group of friends around.  Noise-reducing headphones or ear plugs can be lifesaving in those cases – they really do make a huge difference in terms of in-flight comfort!

7. Keep a Large Scarf or Pashmina in Your Carry-on

It can be used as a blanket if it’s cold, as a pillow if you want to sleep on the plane/train/bus, and as a shawl on an evening out.  If you do pack a fancy scarf – it can make any of your outfits smarter.  Hey, you never know when you’ll need to look sharp.

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8. Make Photocopies Before Leaving Home

If you’re traveling out of the country, it’s a clever idea to make two photocopies of your passport.  Use your smartphone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s parking garage (to remember its location later) and do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.  Email friends and family your itinerary, passport number and insurance documents; your foresight might come-in handy later.

passport9. Snack Well

Skip airport snacks and bring your own.  Choose filling and healthy ones for the trip.  You’ll feel more full after eating almonds, energy bars, dried mangoes, apples and carrots than a salty bag of chips.  If you buy them in advance you can save yourself a bit of money and keep your hunger at bay in case you have a delayed flight.

10. Make Holiday Packing Lists

If you travel often, have a little notebook especially for your trips and title each page with a different holiday type.  This can be used for various seasons, length of stay, or the style of a holiday; for example: “weekend getaway”, “beach holiday”, or a “winter ski holiday”.  Spend 30 minutes of brainstorming to create a packing list under each title.

Keep your little notebook next to your passport, so next time you travel, you just have to open it up and you will always remember the correct things to pack.

Do you have your own lifesaving packing tips? Share it with us in the comments below, let’s make this list complete together!

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