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Packing right isn’t something you figure out overnight. To tell you the truth on my first few trips to Europe – way back when – I definitely had some seriously heavy bags to check. Packing is an art form, you’ve either mastered it or you haven’t. Here’s my top tips and ultimate travel hacks on packing right for an easy life and stress-free travel.
Top packing tips and tricks on how to pack for stress free travel
PACKING RIGHT – DO YOUR RESEARCH
First and foremost, like most areas of travel, research here is kind of crucial. When it comes to packing for any trip it’s so important to do your research. Researching is always a key part of travel hacking. Nobody wants to turn up to the Amazon with a suitcase and yes, this does happen. Packing right can often be as simple as finding the appropriate style of bag for you.
I was really jealous of Jamie when he bought a new backpack that can be opened all the way round like a suitcase. It saved him from having to do that rucksack dive that we all know so well! Find the bag, case or backpack that works for you. A lot of outdoors shops are super helpful when it comes to bag fittings so you won’t end up with something far too big or heavy for you.
Research travel essentials for your chosen destination too. Many of the items you’ll need will be obvious ones but others won’t be. Double check adapters, locks, money belts and any other useful items you may need for your trip. Check customs websites too for information on any items that are prohibited. Find the travel essentials you will need. Money belts and wallets usually come top of my list. Poorly looked after travel money is so detrimental to any trip. I wrote about money belts in another of my Travel Hacks posts on Travel money done right.
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PACKING RIGHT – BE ORGANISED
I’m not saying that everything you own will always be neatly folded and packed into the correct compartments and life will be great. Because we all know that isn’t true. There’s times we all wake up late up and almost miss our bus. It’s times like that when packing right goes out the window. Try have a system, a method to your madness. Denim at the bottom, waterproof in a handy compartment, swimwear on the top.
Packing right always involves an organised system. Use your packing cubes effectively and keep your toiletry bag where you know you can grab it. A really simple and cheap travel hack I love is keeping a carrier bag or bin liner with you. Ideal for when clothes get wet and don’t have time to dry properly. Stick them in your plastic bag to stop everything else you own getting stinky!
Another key point when it comes to being organised and packing right and the most crucial travel hack for me which definitely falls under organisation. Be prepared, photocopy your documents. Especially you passport and keep them in a safe dry place you never know when you may need them.
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