Travel planning is essential, and one aspect of which should include vacation packing. You probably have a way of organizing things, but are not quite satisfied when it comes to arranging difficult-to-pack must-have travel items. The last thing you’d want to do when arriving at the hotel is to clutter the room because you’re forced to take out important items from the depths of your luggage because of poorly planned packing.
In this post, you’ll learn five of the best tips so you can maximize your vacation packing for the ultimate travel experience.
- Think of and Pack Your OOTD
Nobody’s stopping you from traveling in style. However, instead of packing your things as individual items, consider packing your travel essentials by the outfit. For instance, pack your top, skirt, and a pair of sandals if your outfit of the day or OOTD on your first day of the itinerary is casual wear. Pack the casual clothes together so you won’t struggle to pull them out and stuff the rest back in the suitcase.
Here are the advantages of packing your things by outfit:
- Avoid bringing unnecessary clothes, shoes, or accessories you won’t wear.
- Save time and effort planning and searching for the best wardrobe matches in your suitcase.
- Organize your OOTD according to your desired preference without distraction.
- You’re confident that you brought everything you need.
- Always pack your swimwear even if it’s not summer. Hotels usually offer jacuzzi or indoor pools and even hot spring pools, even if you’re traveling in a cold area.
- Always Pack a Health Kit and Some Essentials
You’ll never know the full health risks of traveling. That’s why you should always pack a health kit and some essentials every time you travel, regardless if it’s within the country or abroad. Bring travel-size shampoo and conditioner, or the beauty soap you can’t go without.
You don’t want to end up empty-handed when you’re accidentally wounded. Also, international adventures may put you at a higher risk of food poisoning, terrible bug bites, and sudden fever due to infectious diseases.
Keep a small medical kit with the following emergency items:
- Cold medicine
- Pain relievers
- Emergency prescription antibiotics
- Itch-relief ointment
- Earplugs (for trains and long-haul flights)
- Band-aids and bandages
- Choose and Pack Footwear Wisely
Shoes can be bulky and heavy, most especially if you’ll be bringing your entire winter or summer collection. Choose footwear that you can use in many ways. For example, select dressy sandals and sneakers you can comfortably wear day and night; eliminate some pairs of heels you’ll probably wear for only one night.
Here are some tips when choosing and packing footwear:
- Wear the heaviest shoes and pack the light ones as much as possible.
- Some examples of packable shoes include flats, flip flops, sandals, and boat shoes.
- Interlock your shoes. The toe of the right shoe should touch the opening of the left shoe and vice versa to make one solid rectangle that is ready for easy packing.
- Wrap your dirty shoes in a shoe bag or a plastic grocery bag to prevent them from ruining your travel clothes.
- Separate Your High-Value Travel Items
Keeping your high-value items in your hand carry is the best. However, you can’t do this for all the items. One way to protect your precious investments, like jewelry, is to pack them on “snack-size” plastic bags. By doing so, you’ll prevent tangling, giving your necklace, bracelet, or earrings their own bag.
- Follow Travel Laws When Packing Your Camera
There are existing air travel international laws that you should keep in mind when packing your camera or other gadgets using batteries. There are travel regulations for bringing gadget batteries in the United Kingdom, the United States, and most other countries.
Here are some tips so you can comply with international travel laws when bringing your camera or other gadgets with you:
- All lithium batteries (like camera batteries) should be carried with you and kept in your durable luggage.
- Wrap your batteries with a camera tape, most especially the metal contacts, to avoid short circuits. Don’t use parcel tape because it will leave marks on the batteries.
- You can only fly with two large lithium batteries (101 and 150Wh) and any number of small batteries (less than 100Wh). Check the weight limit.
Now you’re all set to pack your things hassle-free. Always bring some essentials, a small medical kit, and pack high-value items in small bags. Keep these tips and minds so you can organize your travel essentials according to your needs and preferences, saving you time and effort. By keeping your things organized from the start, like planning your OOTD or packing your things by outfit, you avoid struggling to look for things you haven’t brought in the first place. Also, make sure to comply with international travel-packing rules at all times.