ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Pack Efficiently For Your Trip Away

Updated on April 24, 2016

Packing is something we all struggle with. Knowing how to fit all of your belongings into a suitcase is a fine art to master, though at the same time you must always make sure to avoid going over that pesky weight limit.

Success is where preparation and holiday meet

What will the weather be like at your destination? Go Check!

How long are you staying for? Go Check!

Do you have access to washing facilities? Don't Count On it!

Make sure you are as well prepared as possible before you begin packing. There is nothing worse than finally zipping tight your suitcase before remembering that you need a heavy rain jacket or other bulky item and having to start over. Make a list of everything you need and check it off as you go. This will stop you forgetting anything too.

Folding Vs Rolling

Folding-You should always fold clothes that will wrinkle easily, unless of course you are going somewhere with an iron-or you do not care. Nice shirts and jeans should always be folded.

Rolling-For all clothes that do not wrinkle easily, it is fine to roll them loosely to save space when traveling. Examples of materials that this works with is cotton or knitwear.


Pack the Awkward Items First

The number one rule of packing is to pack the awkward, bulky items first. Socks, pillow cases, and towels can all be stuffed into small spaces, but the same can not be said of your fancy high heels or expensive hair straighteners.

  • Make sure you have all your items available before you begin
  • Pack the largest, most needed items first
  • Start around the outside and work inwards
  • Make each item as small as possible without damaging it
  • It may take several tries to find the best combination

Leave Room For Souvenirs

You are going to want to bring back souvenirs so make sure to leave room for that so you don't end up having to throw something away on the trip home. If your suitcase has pockets, make sure you leave at least one empty, and leave at least 1.5kgs of your weight allowance free.

If you do get to the airport and are overweight, try and transfer as many items as possible to your carry on. Heavy items like shoes and cameras are a good choice. Make sure these items are allowed in your carry on. Liquids like shampoo and weapons such as hairspray will be confiscated.

If worst comes to worst, you can always try and wear as many clothes as possible. You only need to do this to get onto the plane.

Don't end up like this guy!
Don't end up like this guy!

Comment Below

What is your worst over packing experience? Have you ever lost your luggage? What is your most forgotten item (mine is toothpaste) Tell me in the comments below!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)