Holidays do a lot of good for our lives. They provide relief from the monotony of daily life routine as well as offer the needed rest and rejuvenation. Travelling is all about freedom, so carrying less only makes sense. However, most people tend to carry a lot of stuff that they wouldn’t normally need.
Packing effectively is a form of art and an enviable skill that takes time to perfect. Whether you are travelling to the tropics or a winter destination, packing light can be a back-breaking challenge. Below are some guidelines that can help one prepare for their next holiday ahead of time.
STEP 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRAVEL BAG
Before picking out exactly what you want to carry, it’s paramount to choose a travel bag that will fit all your essentials. This is more often than not, subject to the length of your trip, the kind of holiday destination and what sort of activities one will be partaking in. Because of weight restrictions on most carriers, it’s important to consider the mass of your bag and all its contents. A travel bag should be versatile, lightweight, compartmentalised and large enough to carry all you need. Always do a counter check of your favorite travel bag to make sure it’s in good working order. check the zippers and handles to ascertain their use and that there are no possible tears that may risk one to lose their possessions.
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STEP 2: MAKE A LIST OF PACKING ESSENTIALS
Just as you rarely go shopping without a list, packing for a holiday is no different. Take time to write down all the items that you find necessary to bring for the trip from basics such as passport, boarding passes to luxury electronics like iPods and headphones. A list will help in quantifying one’s choices for the trip.
STEP 3: ORGANISE YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Keeping everything fit and well organised can be a challenge for most. It’s an art that requires packing in layers. Whenever in doubt, packing organisers are essential to make sure you know exactly where everything is.
Fold and compress your clothes to allow more to fit in the bag nicely and neatly. One can use compression sacs to reduce the volume of the clothes especially for bulkier items such as jackets and sweaters.
STEP 4: PACK YOUR TOILETRY BAG
A toilet bag is essential for every travel. It needs to be as light as possible as well as compliant to airline guidelines. liquid essentials such as gels, aerosols and creams must be less than 100ml per container. These liquids should be stored in a clear water-resistant zip-top bag. Of course, one could opt for the easiest option – buy the toiletry at your holiday destination.
Products such as lotions, sunscreens, shower gels, shampoos can be sourced even in most of the remote destinations.
STEP 5: LAYER UP ON THE PLANE
A great tip to packing for your next holiday is through wearing your bulkiest and heaviest items on the plane. Layering up not only saves one more room in the luggage but also reduces the baggage weight restrictions.
Additionally, planes are known to get quite cold so layering will make sure one is warm and cosy during their travel.
STEP 6: HAND LUGGAGE VS CHECKED-IN LUGGAGE
It’s cardinal to separate your hand luggage with your check-in bag. Items of value should always be carried on your hand luggage. This may include cash, jewellery, electronics and other expensive goodies. For extra security, put a padlock on all the checked-in baggage and make sure they are tagged with proper names and contact details to avoid lost or delayed baggage.
STEP 7: ALWAYS WEIGH YOUR LUGGAGE AFTER PACKING
Baggage restrictions are always tight for airlines, cruise ships and trains. The key is to know what is the maximum permissible weight and dimensions for each route. You should never guess the weight of your bag, instead, use a scale for accuracy.