Packing Tips?


TashaCat
on Sep 12, 2013 @ 03:54 pm

What are your best tips for packing for travel?

I was just e-mailing with a friend who loves to travel and we came up with some great ones like:
* Keep all your clothes in one colour group (then you need less belts/shoes etc) and everything is easy to mix and match
* Take books on the ipod - so they are super lightweight and you can 'read' while watching scenery
* Save a travel list you keep as a document to print and use as a check list for easy last-minute packing
* Use a zippered pillow-case as a dirty-clothes bag in your suitcase - it breathes, but keeps the clean stuff away from the dirty stuff
* Make 2 photo copies of your passport and other travel documents: one to have with you in a different location than the actual document, and one left at home with someone you can call
* Free hotel showercaps are great shoe covers

There are tons more... so I'd love to know your tried-and-true tips
 

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babicat
travel tip on Sep 13, 2013 @ 04:37 pm

I used to travel a lot with my now "ex-husband"... (yes, I'm bitter).

An awesome tip is "rolling your clothes" dresses, t-shirts, pants, shorts name it.
It saves an incredible amount of space in your suitcase, also you are able to SEE everything you packed. You won't have any wrinkles in your clothes either.

See link below if you're confused what I mean:

http://www.wikihow.com/Roll-Clothes

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mamaluv
agree with these tips on Sep 13, 2013 @ 04:48 pm

Yes, I roll my clothes too! I also make packing lists and save them as documents so I can reuse them over and over again. If I'm going on a more complicated trip (e.g. to a rental cottage for a week where I'll need linens/beach toys/etc), I also print one out for a "pack up" list. That way I'm not forgetting my cell phone charger or beach umbrella at the rental property.

Similar to TashaCat's idea to pack within a colour group, I plan a series of outfits. The idea is that every piece I pack needs to work in multiple groupings so that I can fiddle with my wardrobe without having to pack lots of unique items. I also make things easier on myself by limiting to 2 sets of shoes only: 1 dressier and 1 casual. If I will be doing any sports/ have access to a gym at the hotel, I'll also include trainers.

Lastly, if I'm planning to be gone 1 week or longer, I will bring a couple of Tide Pods so that I can hit a laundromat in my vacation area. This really helps with keeping down the packing too, and especially helpful if it's a beach vacation. I only like to pack one set of beach towels and they get pretty gross after a few days.
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lochorerd
great tips on Oct 17, 2013 @ 05:59 pm

never thought of rolling my clothes ..i will keep that in mind...i was recently on a trip and when i got home and opened up my suitcase to unpack there was a card from customs telling me how to pack better lol i thought it was all neat and tidy myself but not according to customs lol
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TashaCat
Still Learning on Oct 29, 2013 @ 03:02 am

Just got back from a great trip... and learned a few more tips:

* Take a small calculator - for quick currency conversions but also for asking prices/bargaining with people who don't speak your language. Numbers are universal!

* Put all liquids, creams, gels in big ziplock bags... and not the cheapie ones which break. I had a big spill and this bag saved my clothes. Pack a couple of extras too... they are really handy for things you won't think of until you need them.

* Fabreeze. Don't laugh... I pack a small spritz bottle of air freshener for rooms that are not as fresh as I'd like. Great if you can spray drapes and lampshades so the freshness can last.

PS Babicat, I'm with you! I've been a roll-packer for ever!
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gayleenlam
re: on Oct 29, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

If you are travelling a long distance, make sure you bring a facecloth, pocket toothbrush and toothpaste. Some airlines offer this, but if they don't, you'll appreciate that you brought them along.
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Petersgirl
Ziploc's on May 20, 2014 @ 02:29 pm

Ziploc's are so handy to use for packing, meds in one, toothbrush etc in another, make up in another. So many uses no spills, no losing stuff in the recesses of the suitcase.
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coupons99
Pack essentials in carry-on on May 20, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

If you are going somewhere warm, make sure you pack your bathing suits and your evening wear in your carry-on. If you don't and your luggage gets lost, you won't be able to enjoy the sun or have dinner since evening attire is usually required at most resorts.

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pixiepop
Packing on May 28, 2014 @ 11:35 am

I travel alot and find these are some good tips;
* make a list and when packing write down how much you took and when you get back write beside it if it was enough, too little etc.. so when you know again you can pack accordingly. This list includes toiletries and clothing.
* Place all toiletries in plastic bags so if they leak the do not wreck the rest of your luggage.
* Make a copy of your passport and keep it separate from the original should it get lost.
*I always leave an itinerary at home with a relative or close friend.
* rolling you clothes saves a lot of luggage space and as well trying to coordinate easy interchanging pieces so you can mix and match outfits easily and shoes.
* I always take a spare set of clothes and bathing suit in my carry on as well should your luggage get lost or if travelling with someone else interchange some clothes into each others luggage.
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Petersgirl
Great Advice on May 28, 2014 @ 11:50 am

pixiepop, great advise, I too make lists but never thought about marking on them if I took enough not enough etc. Great ideas for us all to use. Thanks.
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Tatdewar
Backpacking on Aug 05, 2014 @ 08:05 pm

If backpacking- pack these:
Sneaker deodorizer balls
Sleep mask
Ear plugs
Backpack cover
Passport/wallet underclothes wearer
Photo copies of passport, health insurance, etc
Notebook
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