I have yet to master the art of packing for a vacation. Actually, there’s a pretty good chance that I could be the worst packer in the world. I’m a simple girl, who doesn’t mind an unplanned trip, or going with the ever-changing flow of things, but I do find comfort in being prepared. I tend to overpack with absolutely no organization to my madness. I generally start off by throwing everything I think I will need onto my bed. When I realize it wont all fit, I slowly start deciphering what I really need, one article at a time. There is nothing worse than arriving at your final destination and instantly realizing that you made a poor wordrobe decision.
To make things more difficult for myself I never check my bags. I have this weird fear of my luggage getting lost or, even worse, stolen. I also like to get out of the airport ASAP. Watching everyone’s luggage circle around the best for an hour after a long flight, is not a part of my ideal vacation. Therefore, I stick to shoving all of my necessities into my medium sized carry on, praying that I can compact it enough to shove it into the overhead bin.
With my vacation to California just a few days away, I decided to do some research that could help me with my packing problems. Here are a few of my favorite packing tips:
- Check your airline’s restrictions and guidelines for size, number and price of carry ons (Smart).
- Make a list beforehand (BINGO) and divide into sections: ie. sleep, toiletries, swim, dinner etc.
- Roll your clothes, don’t fold. Rolling saves space & won’t cause as many wrinkles (this could really work for me, because I’m terrible at folding laundry).
- Think about the number of outfits you need and subtract one (note to self: more like subtract five).
- Wear things more than once (i’m ok with this rule).
- Pack versatile pieces that can be reused in several different outfits (also very smart).
- Leave space for any souvenirs/purchases made during your travels (This could be the hardest tip to follow).
Just incase anyone was wondering, “You can fill a gallon size freezer bag full of shooters. It’s fair game. Did it on my flight to japan” -Jen Polan