Packing may seem simple, but it’s easy to get carried away and lose sight of the essentials. Before you know it, your bag is full of unnecessary items that never get used and you’ve forgotten to pack the all-important phone charger!
Whether you’re going on a week-long camping trip, an overnight stay or a three-week holiday interstate, we’ve got some top tips to help you pack like a pro.
Cull, cull and cull again!
Before you start packing, it’s important you develop an editing strategy. Lay out all the items you want to take on your bed or kitchen table and begin an editing process, whittling down pieces based on what you actually need and what’s versatile.
Choose clothing items that are easy to mix and match, selecting pieces that can be used for multiple occasions to ensure they are worth packing. For example, if you’ve packed a pair of shoes that can only be worn with one specific pair of pants, cull them! Do this once, twice and even a third time, until you have a considered collection of clothing and items that you will definitely use during your travels.
This process may even help you identify needs you don’t already have. Like a portable charging brick, or a warm weather-proof jacket.
Turn your bag into a Tetris board
Whether you have a small duffle or a large suitcase, you always tend to pack for the space you have. Choose your travel bag wisely and make the most of every inch of space by turning it into a Tetris board.
One of the best ways to ensure items are packed in tight is to put bags inside bags to create compact compartments that sit flush together. To do this, use smaller packing cubes to group items, such as putting loose tech like phone and laptop cords in one and makeup and toiletries in another. Every little bit of space helps, so don’t forget areas like inside your shoes for soaps or small jewellery cases, or the inside of hats for socks and scarves.
Stick to the three Es for carry-on luggage
Choosing the items for your carry-on can be tricky as you typically don’t have much space. To help you narrow it down, we recommend considering the three E’s:
Essentials don’t forget important items such as a drink bottle, power bank or hand sanitiser.
Entertainment – think about what you might need, particularly for a long journey, to avoid getting restless. Have you downloaded enough music or TV show episodes for the flight?
Energy – from snacks to keep your energy up to sleep masks for those early morning flights, consider everything you need to keep feeling fresh.
Now that you’re armed with tips to get you started, it’s time to refine your packing prowess and get ready for that much-needed holiday! Show us your packing skills by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #HolidayMood.