I though I’d share the ten rules I follow when packing for any trip. It doesn’t matter which bag I’m taking or where I’m going. As long as I follow this, packing doesn’t seem so stressful!
- Write out a packing list. I start by listing the location, listing activities and finding out the weather. Then I decide what sort of clothes to bring and work out outfits. I try to stick to a colour theme and make my clothes mix & match for the most combinations. This also helps ensure nothing important gets left behind.
- Phone charger goes into my tote bag. The tote bag always goes under the seat in front of me on planes or at my feet in a car. Having the charger in easy reach is a godsend when you get to the hotel and need to charge your phone or decide to take advantage of the USB port on a plane. Doubly so when you’re at an airport and your flight gets delayed- most airports have a place to charge your tech. I always put all my chargers in this pouch which is more often than not found in my handbag.
- Leave the hairdryer at home. I’m yet to stay somewhere where there wasn’t a hairdryer. I’d rather have the space for souvenirs!
- There are three things that you should never, ever pack into your checked luggage: Medications, Travel Documents and Jewellery. I always keep these in my travel tote.
- Always have a couple of snacks handy. It’s frustrating getting to an airport and not being able to find something decent to snack on. I always keep a couple of protein bars like this handy.
- Never take new shoes travelling. In a word, blisters. No one wants to walk around a new city in uncomfortable shoes so make sure that whatever you take are comfy!
- Ziplock bag your liquids. I had a bottle of shampoo leak all through my backpack in Germany. I’ve also had foundation leak en-route to a wedding in Denmark. I thought it’d be fine in the toiletry bag but it leaked through it. Now I keep all liquids in a ziplock bag in the toiletry bag.
- Pack socks inside your shoes. This stops the shoes from being crushed and losing shape and fills up the gaps.
- Always have a basic sewing kit. I’ve found them harder to find in hotel rooms so now I grab them whenever I can. You never know when you may have to stitch a button back on. I once made money as a backpacker this way!
- Always pack your swimmers. I’ve only regretted not having swimmers once. I made sure to pack them for every trip since. They don’t take up much space and you never know when you made need them!
Bonus: I never pack anything just in case. Even in the Egyptian desert I’ve found a shop with what I need!