11 Packing Ideas and Travel Tips
Travel preparations are often accompanied by headaches and stress caused by packing concerns.
When selecting things, it seems that we need to fit a whole closet in one suitcase or bag, because one never knows what one might need. In the end, we do not use most of the items we’ve packed. Sound familiar?
Clever packing takes practice and experience but hopefully the tips below can help you master the art of packing sooner. For your next trip, you can ease the chaos of getting ready for the trip with the following few tips:
Packing Ideas and Travel Tips
The idea of writing a list may seem like a superfluous job to you because you already have a plan in your mind of what to take and what to leave at home. Still, recording exactly how many T-shirts, pairs of pants and different types of footwear you want to pack will help you distinguish between the things you really need and the ones you probably won’t even wear.
The main rule of effective packaging is to choose clothes with neutral shades. Neutral colours are ideal for combining and will give you far more outfit options than colours that don’t match or work well together.
- Pack up the day before departure
Many leave the packaging for the last minute and then back up the deposit everything in their hand. If you pack at least one day before departure, you will have plenty of time to evaluate what you will need for the trip and how to pack those items most effectively.
- Learn the tricks for packing efficiently
If you need to carry a bulky item that takes up a lot of space, put it in a compression bag. You will also save space by packing smaller items into larger items (eg you can put socks in sneakers). Another useful trick is to roll things up instead of the classic folding.
World travellers claim that it is enough to have two, up to three, pairs of shoes to travel. Wear the heaviest pair as you travel, saving lots of space and packing less bulky shoes in your suitcase.
- Leave the smallest items for the end
Always put the things that occupy the most space first- start with shoes, and then larger pieces of clothing. Put smaller things like cosmetics on top. However, just because they do not take up much space does not mean that you should overdo it with cosmetics – be rational and objectively evaluate what creams and shampoos you will need on a daily basis and bring them exclusively.
Download offline google maps and all other necessary things (reservations, tickets, etc.) to your phone. I think this is the most important of all. You should also have a copy of your passport, Visa and other travel documents on your phone, just in case.
Also download applications related to where you are travelling, in which case you do not have to carry a guide, and you will have all the necessary information related to restaurants, historical sites and the like ready on your device.
Consider your current options, put it all on paper – available finances, vacation time, potential destinations, the people you travel with … all that is relevant and affecting your trip.
Consider travel agency deals, but try finding accommodation and transportation on your own according to your budget and other options. You will also often find lower and cheaper rates for accommodation, transportation and other services if you book them in advance.
To get to know the destination and save money, the best way is to use local transportation by buying a three-day or weekly pass at a lower price than single tickets. Avoid taxis because taxi drivers often know how to trick tourists and charge them a higher price.
For example, you can check the best tours in Barcelona if you visit the city, and save money with a good way of seeing everything.
One way to save a lot when travelling is to choose to make some of your own meals. It can be very interesting if you are visiting local markets and learning how to cook like a local. Alternatively, you can choose half board or just breakfast at your hotel and find affordable meals out. Eat more for lunch than for dinner.
First of all, you need to know where you want to travel, when you want to travel and who you want to travel with and what your expectations are from a particular destination. Be flexible in setting the period for your travels and always have a back-up plan, as you can often find trips with significant discounts, with significant price differences compared to whether you book a weekend trip or weekdays.
If travelling with children, involve them in the preparation for the trip. Have them help you make a list of things they want to take along the way for fun (books, music, games, tickets). Make sure they understand what the journey will cover (car, train, bus, plane) and what to expect.
Dress the children comfortably and layered and encourage them to take breaks, go to the restroom or just stretch. Alternatively, consider travelling at night to help your children sleep through most of the journey.
The most important thing is to make sure you stay calm and flexible. Holidays and travel should bring you enjoyment, both in the journey itself and in the love and company of others.