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7 Tips When Packing For A Vacation Or Trip

Thursday, March 30, 2017 20:31
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It’s quite understandable to forget to pack a few necessities on a vacation or a trip. After all, you’re a little nervous and excited, especially if you’ve never been to a new place or you’re going to meet family and friends you haven’t seen in a long time. In addition, you’re most likely to be distracted by taking care of things before you leave. You may also be working on a tight schedule and be in a hurry to get everything done in time. In fact, it’s not that uncommon for people to narrate stories about getting to the airport just in time to catch their flight only to discover that they left their passport at home.

Still, despite all these reasons why it’s reasonable to make silly mistakes when packing, it’s frustrating when you do open your suitcase and realize that you forgot something important. Sometimes, you can manage to do without, like a favorite piece of clothing. Sometimes, you can buy what you need, like personal care items. And sometimes, you can really end up in a difficult situation, like forgetting your prescription meds.

With that in mind, here are 7 tips on how to pack smart when travelling:

1. Use durable cases for fragile stuff.

It’s really important to have good covers or cases for fragile, valuable things. If you don’t have a sturdy case for your reading glasses, you’re at risk of cracking your lens. If you don’t have a durable phone case you are at risk of damaging your mobile phone. Incidentally, when it comes to phone cases, some are far superior to others and its best to focus on the quality of the screen protection. BodyGuardz cases offer the strongest glass screen protection available today

2. Don’t forget your meds!

It can be a huge hassle to get your prescription meds replaced when you are on holiday. It’s so much easier to simply remember to pack them with you. While you’re at it, take some general remedies, too. Why endure a punishing headache, an unexpected fever, or gastrointestinal distress when you can just reach into your suitcase and pull out pills that can give you relief? Sure, you can always borrow or buy these simple medical remedies, but that means relying on the hotel to carry what you need or trying to find a pharmacy in an unfamiliar city.

3. Names tags are there for a purpose.

It only takes a few minutes to take the time to fill out a name tag on your luggage, and it can make a huge difference if someone has similar luggage to yours or you lose your case.

4. Weigh your bags to stay within limits.

Don’t estimate how much your bags weigh. Weigh them before you leave. Airports are strict about their weight restrictions, and it’s not something open to pleading or negotiation. If you overstuff your bags, then you will have to pay extra for that extra pair of pants you just had to squeeze in!

5. Minimize unessential stuff.

Go easy on packing your shoes. You only need to take three different pairs for a two week vacation. Think of versatility: like dress shoes, casual shoes, and slippers. Shoes take up space that you could use for something else that you need. Similarly, you only need a few cosmetics and the less bottles and tubes you take, the more you reduce the risk of discovering gooey messes when you unpack. You can pick up stuff like shampoos and suntan lotions when you get there. 

6. Pack your clothes tightly.

You may be an expert folder, but it’s better to roll your clothes. You not only create more space, but you also have fewer wrinkles.

7. Keep your valuables with you.

It’s best to keep valuable things in your hand luggage—like jewelry or expensive electronics. You won’t panic in the unlikely event that the airline loses your luggage.

How to Stay Organized

The best way to take everything you need is to give yourself plenty of time to pack, rather than procrastinating. Also, working from a list is far more effective than simply trying to remember what to take as you pack. These two things–avoiding packing in haste and working from a list—will make it simple to get to your destination with everything you need to enjoy your vacation or get to your bug out shelter.


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