So, I can’t be the only one who puts off packing for a big trip until the last minute. I read up on all the tips on Pinterest and watch countless videos about the best packing methods. Yet somehow, when I go to pack, I end up with a terribly heavy, overpacked suitcase and a stressed out mind.
Packing is just hard, and it always sneaks up on me. I think packing, especially for a long trip, is different for each person and adventure–however, I do have some basic tips to offer!
1. Start early. Stop putting it off, okay? I know there’s a lot to do in the weeks and days leading up to a trip, but if you start setting aside items a few weeks ahead of time then they are out of your way and you won’t forget them. Keep a notebook with you and write down things you randomly remember you need to get or pack–don’t just rely on your memory to keep track of it all, especially with all the other things you probably have on your plate with a big trip coming up.
2. They mean it…get rid of HALF. When I was having trouble packing, my sister gave me this tip…and I hated her for it. Here’s what you do: pack like you would if you could bring everything you wanted / thought you needed ( ahh, what a life that would be ) … then, get rid of half of that. If you’re like me, you’ll probably still be overpacked after that. This is hard, but please trust me when I say you will not use half of what you take…dodge this bullet while you’re home so that you don’t have to lug all that extra stuff through multiple airports / train stations.
3. The basics: a good ( light! ) suitcase–for real, spend the extra money to get the ultra lite roller suitcase, very worth it; roll your shirts, and SPACEBAGS! Those are my three go to basic tips for packing–having a light suitcase helps you stay under your weight restrictions ( plus, most attendants at airports won’t make a fuss unless your weight is WAY over ), rolling shirts and dressed and whatever you can roll really saves you space (!), and spacebags are just a great invention–just make sure you have access to a vacuum on both ends of your trip or get the “roll the air out” space bags ( totally recommend! ).
Well, like I said, packing is just a personal adventure that you must have the courage to embark on…that sounds a little dramatic, ha. Do your very best to not overpack–you will be so grateful when you abroad.
Like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: “He who would travel happily must travel light.” Heed his advice, traveler. Happy travels!