7 Tips for Packing Efficiently

Ever find yourself packing for a trip and your mind is completely clouded by all the items you “need” to fit in that suitcase? Plenty of people, and myself in the past, let this brain fog of stuff take over- and we end up shoving things into our suitcases that we don’t even use on a daily basis! That shirt you have never worn but have had for years, do you really think you’re going to wear it now that you’re in a new place?!

It’s true, packing efficiently can be tough. But with a little practice and patience, it doesn’t have to be! Read on to find out how you can become a master-packer.

1. Check the weather!

No, not of where you’re at right now. Where you will be! This is one of the best ways you can determine exactly what kind of clothing and accessories you will need to bring in order to be comfortable once you’ve arrived at your destination. Hot and cold are pretty easy to figure out but it’s the in-between that gets challenging. You know, where it’s warm during the day but way cooler at night? Here’s what you do- pack 1 or 2 sweaters that compliment your other outfits to avoid getting cold at night. This way, you still have options without bringing a million bulky sweaters along for the ride.

2. Create an outfit itinerary.

Seriously, this one is a lifesaver. Plan your outfits for every single day you are going to be gone. Consider the activities you’ll be doing, and adjust accordingly. Struggling to fit it all in your suitcase? Choose items from your wardrobe that you can mix and match. Try to pack by the outfit, not by singular items. Keep in mind that if you pack less now, you will have more room for souvenirs later!

3. If you’re seriously unorganized, get an organizer!

When your suitcase is overflowing and you’ve got toothbrushes and underwear falling out of places you didn’t know existed, you, my friend, should consider getting an organizer. They make dividers for your clothes so you can section them off and make smaller pouches you can use to separate your toiletries and avoid potential shampoo explosions. Organizers are like the training wheels of packing, and sometimes it’s all about the baby steps!

4. Familiarize yourself with your accommodations.

This is where you will be staying and you should know what they are offering in case you can leave some extra items at home. Some hotels will give you access to a laundry room or might be close to a laundry mat. In this case, you can plan on doing a couple loads of laundry and reuse your outfits instead of packing more.

5. Make a list.

Making a list might sound over-rated, but it’s one of the easiest ways to avoid both overpacking and underpacking. Once you determine the weather conditions and what options your accommodations supply you with, write down a list of all the things you need. From how many outfits you need to toiletries, to identification, to shoes. Write them all down and stick to the list.

6. Choose your gear.

Ah, the suitcase. Different trips will have different luggage requirements so think about the bag that is going to best suit your trip. If you’re going on a shorter trip, try using a smaller suitcase or even a backpack to save some money and allow for easy movement. On the flip side, if you are going to be gone for a while you may want to choose a suitcase that has built-in storage compartments, garment bags, and tech storage to further protect your things.

7. Utilize your space!

The most efficient way to pack your clothes is to roll them into tight little tubes. If you want, try using rubber bands or hair ties to keep them together. Stuff your socks inside of your shoes and fit your undergarments and smaller items in between the spaces of your other clothes once they are packed. Every spot counts!

If you want to pack efficiently you’ve got to familiaize yourself with the conditions of your destination, get organized, and make use of every crack and crevice! Good luck!

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