Packing your luggage for a vacation can often be the most organized you’ll be all year. You will have to think about what you think you need, what you want, and what you just have to bring, before finding a way to fit it all into one bag. It’s pretty tricky to get in everything you need, and occasionally compromises have to be made, unless you just want to spend a ton of money buying extra allowance on your flight for a second case! These tips will help you if you are struggling to figure out what to leave behind, especially if you are braving carry-on only traveling.
You’re going to be looking to save as much space as possible so it makes total sense that the first thing you leave out is one of the bulkiest items you could be bringing in the first place. Over-ear headphones are great for blocking outside noise and can often have a better sound quality than in-ear buds, but for the sake of a couple of weeks, you should bring the in-ear variety. They will save you so much room, and you can spend your time untangling the cord if you get bored!
You don’t need to pack any really, you’ll be able to get practically everything you need when you get to your destination. Yes, they have deodorant and toothpaste in other countries, so save yourself some room and get it when you get to your destination, then you can leave it behind, saving you space on your trip back too. You’ll save money by not having to buy flight approved sized toiletries, and you won’t get held up at security having to display all of your toiletries to the rest of the airport.
If you worry that you’ll get bitten by bed bugs when staying in a hostel or Airbnb, you might like to bring your own sleep sack. This can take up a lot of room, and many places won’t allow you to sleep in them anyway. If you are nervous about the cleanliness of a hostel or hotel, then do your research and check out their reviews online prior to booking. If people don’t like the service, they’ll soon complain online. Hotels have to keep their sheets clean otherwise they will gain bad reviews, something that pretty much ruins their livelihood. It’s safe to leave the sleep sack at home if you check out the reviews first.
Do you need to bring your laptop, iPad, point and shoot camera and your phone? Probably not, so choose just one, or maybe two of them to bring with you. You’ll save room, and you won’t have to worry so much about losing your valuables all of the time. Your phone is probably capable of doing everything you need when on vacation so try and avoid bringing anything more than this in terms of valuables.
Extra socks and underwear
Socks and underwear can take up vital storage space. You’ll probably only need about three pairs of each as long as you are prepared to wash them regularly. They tend to dry pretty quickly, especially those made from quick-drying fabrics, so you can save room in your pack by only bringing the bare essentials and then committing to washing your small items regularly.
Packing less doesn’t mean you have to go around without any comfort, it just means that you leave room for what is really essential for your trip and the rest will be at home waiting for when you get back. You’ll save yourself time, money and energy by carrying less around with you so give it a try!