Packing Tips And Tricks For Your Next Trip

By Kristen Peuvion on June 27, 2014

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Packing. It’s a word almost everyone I know hates. Everyone wants to get straight to enjoying their destination whether it be a week full of sun, sand and relaxation, a trip to visit family or a month in a foreign country, and no one wants to deal with all of the preparation that goes into what you’re going to bring with you on your trip.

Unfortunately, packing is a task we all need to do in order to fully enjoy our trip. In fact, it’s not just a task, it is a task we have to master considering the outrageous fees you have to pay if, god forbid, you go over the 50 pound limit.

This past week, I packed my bags and hopped on a flight to spend my next six weeks in Spain. Some of you are probably thinking, “Oh my goodness, six weeks?! I can barely pack for a weekend trip!” And trust me, I was thinking the exact same thing when I first found out I would be studying abroad, but I eventually figured it out and was able to successfully make it through baggage check without any added fees.

So now the question is, how did I do it? Here are some packing tips and tricks for all of your travel needs.

Bring clothes that are easily able to be layered. Clothes that are good in layers, more often than not, means that they are pretty lightweight. A light cotton is a good idea for the majority of your t-shirts. These can be tanks, short sleeves, long sleeves, you name it. Since these shirts are so lightweight, not only will they keep your luggage light as a whole, but they will also only take up a small fraction of the space in your suitcase.

Make sure you are able to mix and match things. This means that you shouldn’t pack a bunch of statement pieces because they are going to add up and take up a large portion of your bag. If you pack things in solid colors, stripes and neutral colors, you will have no problem mixing and matching outfits throughout your visit no matter how long or short. This also allows you to minimize the total amount of clothing you end up bringing. When one top looks great with a skirt, jeans and shorts, you’ve just created three separate outfits rather than one.

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Keep your location in mind. When you’re packing for a trip, it’s important to know the climate beforehand to avoid packing any unnecessary items. This means that if it’s cold, you shouldn’t bring anything that doesn’t make sense in a cold climate.

Vice versa, if it’s going to be hot, you don’t want to bring any sweaters or jackets. This may seem like common sense, but I have often wasted too much space packing things that just didn’t make sense for the destination I was heading to.

Bring a jacket that looks good with just about everything. If your climate is in between seasons when you go, it can be tough to know what kind of things to bring. This is perhaps the trickiest situation and leads to your suitcase being twenty pounds over the limit. This was my issue when packing for Spain; the temperature ranges from 65-85 degrees during my stay, so what’s a girl to do?

Well, the best advice is to pack a jacket and one or two sweaters that go with just about any outfit you have. This way you avoid packing a ton of sweaters and pants as well as a ton of shorts and tees. If it’s hot, go out sans jacket, but if it’s a bit chilly out, throw the jacket over whatever you’re wearing and you will be good to go!

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Pack comfortable and practical shoes. It is probable that when you go on vacation you will be doing a lot more walking than usual, so pack accordingly. Packing a bunch of heels or flip flops probably isn’t your best bet. Instead, think about the activities you will be doing and what kind of elements you will be in.

If you’re going to be in the cold, boots are a necessity, but if you’re going to be roaming the streets of a foreign country for days on end, a pair of comfortable shoes to walk in is the best way to go. It’s also important not to go overboard with your shoes because the weight of them can add up. Choose a solid selection of a couple pairs that will go with everything to get you through your travels.

This set of packing tips and tricks is just what you need for your next trip, wherever it may be. Keep them in mind and your packing will be a breeze.

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