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Top 10 Tips for Packing Your Luggage

When it comes to travel, packing is crucial. Forget one necessary item and you are left frustrated and scrambling to search the closest store in your destination.
Pack too much and you finish up disorganized, burdened with heavy luggage, and hemorrhaging cash to pay for pricey airline baggage fees. Therefore, we thought it best to go back to the most basic, and most useful packing rules.

Here are the top ten luggage packing tips that each traveler should learn.

1.  Make a list first

When it involves packing, procrastinators are at a disadvantage. Begin your packing process days or perhaps weeks before your departure date; this offers you time to craft an entire list, and purchase any extra things you would possibly need for your vacation. Making a packing list is a fail-safe way to make sure that you never forget to bring along something vital.

2. Roll your clothes

Many travel experts, including backpackers, who have to stuff months’ worth of wear into a pack of the size of a box of wine, agree that rolling is superior to folding. Tightly rolled garments take up less area than folded ones. Plus, they are less susceptible to getting deep wrinkles from fold creases.

3. Know your plane’s baggage fee policy.

The inconsistency among airlines about baggage fee is pretty maddening. Avoid surprises at the airport by knowing what you’re working with right from the beginning. A quick Google search before you pack will help prevent a lot of stress and potential overweight fees.

4. Fill dead space

When it comes to packing, make use of every little inch of suitcase space that you can. Roll tops underwear, socks, and other small items and stuffs them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled.

5. Ziplock bags for Electronics

Well, if you want to your electronics then get yourself a stash of ziplock bags for your phone charger, laptop charger, adaptors, earphones, et cetera. Take extra plastic bags and use them to store electrical items, things for the journey home, like house keys, parking ticket, car keys, medicationand other loose accessories.

6. Buy a lightweight suitcase

Don’t assume that purchasing the most costly suitcase will get you an upgrade; instead, it’s more likely to attract thieves at the airport and on your travels. If you’re using a hard-shell suitcase, this can add up to 4Kgs of weight before you’ve even started packing, so costly isn’t always the best.

7. Pack good hand luggage

It doesn’t matter how well we decorate our suitcase, sometimes bags go stolen, or missing. Ensure that all your valuables are in your hand luggage and always pack an extra change of clothes in your hand luggage as well.

8.  Wash your clothes on the road

Laundry facilities are one of the best parts about staying in vacation rentals. Sometimes your accommodations will have free laundry facilities, which is awesome! You can also wash and wear just a handful of outfits for the duration of even very long trips. If you’re staying in a hotel or a resort, call beforehand to check if laundry services are available and how much they cost.

9. Layer

The golden rule is: wear layers and pack in layers. First, your on-the-road stash should contain plenty of layers, which will help you jet through multiple climates in style and comfort. Second, the things in your luggage should be packed in neat layers. Packing in layers is advantageous so that the security agent screening your bag can get a clear picture of what’s inside. The faster the screening, the faster you’ll get through the security line.

10.  Bring a few extra bags
Totes, ziplocks, plastic bags, you never know when you’ll need them, especially for things like clothes that need washing, which always an afterthought. These extra bags weigh nothing and come in super handy, so don’t forget to pack a few!

When it comes to packing, the golden rule is to not pack more but to pack smart. With these aforementioned 10 tips, you’ll be packing like it’s in your DNA, in no time. Plan your trip as soon as possible, because it’s time for you to put these tips into practice!

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Bhavishya Pahwa
Travel and Fashion writer at CEOWORLD magazine. Travel tips and news, destination ideas, trip inspiration, and more.
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