One of the most favorite part of traveling for me is packing. I don't know why, but I love it. It's my jam. Over the years, I have formed a process and as long as I follow it - it is fool-proof!
Lately, since I have been traveling every month, this has become my guide book. I have shared my packing videos with you several times (here. here. here) and each time the steps of packing might vary (as I try to maximize the space) but the tips and tricks to pack are always the same:
Tip 1. Check the weather forecast for your destination and make sure you pack appropriate pieces.
Tip 2. Prioritize what is important. Keep the medicine, money, valuables and important travel documents in easy reach in your hand baggage.
Tip 3. Write down or make notes on your phone and plan what you will wear each day (and/or evening). That will help you with planning your outfits.
Tip 4. Whether you’re a folder or a roller, group several garments together at a time when packing to reduce creasing. Personally I start with rolling my clothes and then folding at the end to fill in gaps.
Tip 5. Place heavy items like shoes where they’ll be at the bottom of your bag when it’s standing upright. Keep breakable items in the center of the suitcase and flexible items at the corners.
Tip 6. Compartmentalize your packing. Using ziplocs or pouches for each category e.g. one pouch for each: toiletries, under wear, socks, cords and such, makeup, etc. That way you wouldn't have to open your whole bag to just find one thing.
Tip 7. Don’t forget to leave some room for shopping! Include a lightweight folding bag if you think you might need more space on your return journey.
Tip 8. Always arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before an international and 1 hour before for a domestic flight. It gives you a window to take action, in case of an emergencies, flight cancellations, or who-know-what!
You can also check out my previous posts with more tips below:
Travel Tips - Edition One
Travel Tips - Edition Two