In one study, 81% of Americans responded that they are good at packing.
Although we certainly like to believe we're good packers, how many of us can admit we've over-packed our luggage, or even forgotten something essential at home?
We're certainly not perfect and can all become better and more efficient packers.
If you're planning a trip, keep reading for the 5 best packing tips to keep in mind.
5 Best Packing Tips
Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or an international escape, these 5 tips will help you pack correctly and efficiently.
1. Make a Packing List
Traditional packers keep a mental list of everything they've packed, but this method is easily erroneous. With kids in tow and a million different things to plan, keeping tabs on what you have packed becomes difficult. We recommend making a personalized packing list. Be sure to include medications and other specifics you need every day. For some inspiration, check out this packing list.
2. Embrace Bags
Small plastic bags are helpful to contain liquids and troublesome cords and cables, while plastic shopping bags can wrap up dirty shoes. And if you've got the planet on your mind, you don't even have to use single-use plastics, simply reuse the same bags on each trip by rinsing and drying them upside down.
3. Plan Ahead
Be sure to consider the activities you have planned, and whether you will have access to a washing machine during your trip. Although it's tempting to pack a lot of different outfits, don't be afraid to wear the same clothes for two days, no one will notice!
4. To Roll or Not to Roll?
30% of Americans swear by the rolling method, while others stick to folding their clothes. Other options include packing cubes, vacuum bags, and a combination of any of the above!
Unsure of which method to use? Try rolling your clothing on the flight there, and folding on the way back to compare and find your favorite method.
We also recommend turning clothes inside-out before rolling or folding, as it can help prevent stains, especially on light-colored clothing.
5. Consider Shipping
If you don't want the hassle of carrying a lot of belongings, or you have a large item to bring with you, you should consider parcel forwarding and shipping. We can make sure important items reach you no matter where you are in the world and will insure items.
When planning for a trip, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the packing process. You feel limited to what you're bringing, and may even over-pack to compensate for that!
Following the above 5 best packing tips will relieve your fears and help you pack efficiently, so you can spend more time enjoying your vacation and less time stressing about packing.
Bottom line -- many things you might forget are easily purchased elsewhere or can even be shipped to you, so try not to stress too much!
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