The prospect of under-packing, overpacking, or forgetting necessities can easily give you pre-travel jitters (especially in the case of long trips). As I’m packing for an extended trip myself, I have all things travel on the brain. These packing tips should help lessen your burden and have you focusing on the upcoming adventure rather than “did I miss anything?!”
1. Pick clothing items based on outfits
This has been incredibly helpful for me. Normally, I pick random pieces of clothing out of my closet that I like and stick them all in my suitcase. I make sure I have enough of each item, and then I’m good to go! Right? Wrong. Often times I end up getting to my destination with such a mismatched suitcase. I’ll have more than enough to wear, but nothing seems to go together.
This time around, I packed my clothes based on outfits. For example, I first took out all the shorts I wanted to bring with me. Then, for each pair of shorts, I chose tops that went nicely with them. I also took pictures of the combinations I picked out so that I could look back on them once I reached my destination. They can give you inspiration when you feel like you have nothing to wear!
2. Consider what can be bought at your destination
Is it necessary to bring full sized bottles/containers of everything, or can you purchase them once you arrive? I bring the products I know I don’t want to substitute such as my face wash and moisturizer. Pretty much everything else, I don’t mind buying on the other side. This will vary from person to person, but in most cases you aren’t bound to every single product you use. This will save a decent amount of space in your suitcase!
3. Make a list
This is pretty basic, but writing everything out helps you stay organized. I totally understand being lazy, but packing with a list is drastically easier than without; it forces you to think about what you need. If you have no clue where to begin, there are tons of packing lists online you can use.
You can also check out my ultimate packing list!
4. Cross things off your list after you’ve packed them
There’s a difference between setting something aside to pack and actually packing it. Check items off once they’ve made it into your suitcase to avoid carelessly forgetting something.