I’m heading out for a summer vacation, but I’m not doing the packing. My more organized better half takes care of those duties. I’m always amazed at the amount of stuff she fits into a modest-size bag for the both of us. I picked her brain so she could enlighten us on how to pack.
- Make a list. First and foremost you must make a list. Otherwise, you are likely to forget something or pack too much.
- Check the weather. Make sure you know the forecast for where you are headed and pack accordingly.
- Pack less, but be versatile. Pack clothing that can be worn in just about any combination and don’t fret about wearing the same item more than once.
- Folding is key. My wife is great at smashing things into our luggage, but she also folds everything into a meticulously small size.
- Leave your shoes at home. Shoes take up a lot of space so try and limit your shoe selection. Again, wear a pair that is versatile and comfortable.
- Toiletries get packed into one bag. Our toiletry bag is not unlike this one in that it hangs up and out of the way when you have reached your destination and it keeps all your items together in one nice and neat bag. Also, make sure to put any liquids in a ziploc bag so they don’t ruin your clothing if they leak during your travels. You’ll also need them in a ziploc bag if you’re flying.
- Unpack when you arrive. When you arrive at your vacation destination, make sure you unpack your items and store them in their appropriate areas. Otherwise, you may be living out of your suitcase the whole trip. That leads to a cluttered hotel room.
Obviously, these rules aren’t the end-all and be-all of packing, but they are a good start to keeping your vacation uncluttered. If you are looking for more ways to consolidate your packing, check out The Packing Book.