Packing for a trip is like many things in life -- the more practice you have, the easier it gets. If it’s been a little while since your last traipse about the globe, allow me to refresh your packing memory with these five packing tips for your world travels.
Pack clothing items that are versatile
If you have limited space or you simply do not want to be lugging a gaggle of suitcases through airports and over cobblestones, it’s a wise idea to limit the weight by packing things that you can wear more than once. How much you pack and how creative you need to get with your outfit combinations will depend on how long your trip is, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure you can wear the everyday items at least twice.
Bring clothes that are fit for traveling
Notice that I didn’t say bring clothes that are made for traveling. There’s no need to raid your nearest Columbia store to stock up on the latest waterproof/windproof/sweat-wicking/ultra hi-tech traveling pants; just bring ones that are comfortable, your style, and not prone to wrinkles. The kind of experience you’re partaking in will likely dictate whether or not you’ll have access to an ironing board, so bring clothing that is easy to wash and wear if you’re wearing it more than once.
Pick out clothing items that you can wear again
This is different from the last tip. What I mean by this one is choose things that you like, but try not to opt for that electric blue blouse with bell sleeves and ruffles around the collar that everyone will notice in photos. Make your choices a touch more subtle, so that no one even notices you’ve been wearing the same rotation of shirts for a couple weeks. Unless you really love that electric blue. Then by all means, disregard the above.
Do not compromise on shoes
Everyone loves a stylish shoe, but if that pair isn’t comfortable, be certain to bring some others that are. There is a time and a place for a heel or an elegant sandal, but trekking through the metropolis for hours at a time or navigating unpaved roads is not that time. If you’re bringing heels or loafers (especially ones that haven’t been broken in yet), save them for a night with minimal walking. Go the route of comfort for everything else.
Make sure you’re packing the right suitcase
Spinner suitcases make traveling through tight airports a breeze. These kinds of suitcases have four wheels that can rotate 360 degrees, so you can pivot as quickly as you need without being dragged back by your suitcase.
These ideas are by no means hard and fast rules, so feel free to use the ones you like and leave out the ones you don’t! For more information on how to get the most out of your travel experience, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or contact me directly.
Author: Debra Harris
As founder of Life’s Journey Travel, I’m deeply passionate about creating custom travel experiences that allow my clients to truly savor the journey.