Packing can be daunting, you have booked your flights, everything is done but you have put the actual packing off till the last couple of days.
Unless of course, you are one of those super organised people, then I envy you.
Yet when it comes to me, I tend to leave it until a couple of days before my journey, but by now I have put together a system that works quite well for me.
I detest airport security, I want it to be over as fast as possible and I really don’t enjoy the whole process of taking off my shoes, organising my electronics, liquids, etc…
So in order to make things quick and easy, I have compiled a simple little list of my packing routine, in hopes that it might provide you with some tips.
1. Only bring the necessities.
And I really mean that, pack light. Especially if you want to bring some stuff back. Do you really need that extra pair of high heels? Or those 10 T-shirts that you really think is a must? Even if you are going for a long adventure, throw them in the washing machine or find out where is your nearest launderette. Saving space is crucial.
2. Double wrap the important stuff!
I really can’t stress that enough, electronics, keyboards, breakables, etc.. make sure you bubble wrap that stuff, and then double wrap again with some clothes that you have packed.
Even if it’s a carry-on, you can’t take the risk of anything getting broken.
3. Make sure to pack all your liquids correctly.
Usually, the guideline is 100ml containers of liquids only. Make sure they are all packed in a clear ziplock or one of those plastic sandwich bags. Also, be careful not to overfill them either, they tend to frown upon that. Before you go through security, make sure that you have no forgotten bottles of water in your bag either, it happens!
4. Keep your laptops/phones handy.
I suggest that you have them in a quickly reachable place, like a backpack or such when going through security. It makes the whole process a lot faster if you can easily take them out when needed and saves you opening your bags and looking through them.
5. Get a lock.
You can never be too careful. It’s a good idea to purchase a simple lock for your bags, even carry-ons.
Bags have been known to get raided in airports, and especially if you are carrying valuables, it’s a good idea to keep everything under lock and key.
And the last tip that I will leave you with today, it’s a good idea to mark your suitcases with a little-coloured tie or some sticker, anything noticeable. It’s been known for bags to get mixed up, so it’s a good idea to put your own mark on each one.
So that’s really it, a simple and shortlist. But the advice that has always worked for me. Luckily I am not a heavy packer. It’s always been easy for me to leave things behind.
I know for some, travelling light can be difficult, but it really does make the whole experience simpler.
Being bogged down with heavy luggage can be tiring especially if you have a long journey ahead.
So try to leave less and less behind each time, and before you know it, you will be the expert packer!
Happy travelling! 😄