How to pack efficiently for your travels

Aaaaargh! If you’re anything like us, you love going on vacation, but you absolutely HATE packing! We all have that one person in our life who considers themselves a packing guru. You know, they type who will invariably tell you that you’ve packed wrong – yeah, them. Well, it’s bad enough having to pack anyway, without someone smug judging your efforts. So, we’re not going to do that.

What we are going to do is offer some constructive advice about how to pack more efficiently for your travels. These are techniques we have used the past few times we’ve been away, and they have proven really useful. When it comes to packing, it’s something you want to do right, and get out of the way as quickly as you possibly can. Make sure you refer to these techniques the next time you pack, especially if it’s for a long trip.

Don’t leave it until the last minute

Leaving it until the last minute is something we always used to do, and it’s the biggest mistake you can make. Think about how stressful it’s going to be to have to rush your packing the day or night before you’re going away. This is the best way of adding stress and making you more likely to forget things. So, the best thing to do is to leave yourself plenty of time to pack, and start several weeks before you need to leave. That way you can do little bits of packing now every few days, and you don’t need to worry about it.

Plan what you need

The best thing to do in the beginning is to plan out what you need. That way you aren’t just packing aimlessly, and you actually have an idea in mind of what you want to take. The best thing to do would be to write a list of the items you want to pack, that way you save time when it comes to the actual packing process. A good thing to do might be to look at the weather and what the forecast is for when you’re going to be out there – then you can plan accordingly. We’ve found this is the best way to make your packing process more efficient.

Rolling vs. folding

Ah, the age-old debate – should you fold, or should you roll? Well, we have come to conclude that it largely depends on how much you’re taking. See, folding clothes keeps them wrinkle-free, while rolling can sometimes cause them to wrinkle, but, also, takes up a fraction of the space. In fact, the best course of action would be to do a combination of the two. Roll things that don’t wrinkle easily, like cotton and wool, also underwear is fine too. Folding can be for the items that are smarter, like dresses and shirts.

Layers matter

The secret to packing success is most definitely layering. You need to know where everything is, and that’s why you should pack things together in a layered fashion. So, all your trousers, shoes and jumpers on the bottom, then shirts and dresses, then t-shirts, etc. It gives a bit more order to the chaos and makes it much easier to find the things you’re looking for. Remember to layer when you pack, you will be glad you did – trust us!

As you can see, there are a fair few idea that will help you pack in a more efficient way. When it comes to packing your case for your vacation, you want to make the process as stress-free as you possibly can. By following our ideas and suggestions, you’ll be able to make it a much more efficient and enjoyable process.