If you’re heading away on a long trip this summer, whether it’s just over two weeks or a few months travelling the world, you’re going to want to take a lot of stuff with you. Perhaps you’re going somewhere that requires various different types of clothing, such as swimwear and light loose clothing from tropical beach weather, but warmer coats and boots for hiking in mountains, all in the same trip.
The first thing you need to do is ensure that you’ve got some good quality, lightweight luggage that’ll be easy for you to transport. You don’t want to have to have any hassle with broken cases or straps coming off bags. It will of course depend what kind of travel you’re doing, if you’re staying in one place or not, whether you’ll just be able to transport your things there and unpack, or if you need to keep it stored in a backpack while you move around.
You’ll also need to make the decision on how much you’ll be able to take. Many airlines only allow a limited amount of baggage and this can be too restricting for some people. If you really do need more than one suitcase full, or you have bulky items, your best bet is to send on some of it separately by using something like SendMyBag.com. If you don’t want to do that, find out what you want to take with you, limit yourself to only certain items of clothing and plan your outfits in advance. You’ll be surprised how much being organised can help you save on space. Don’t forget that you may also be able to buy heavier items such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and other toiletries even cheaper at your destination.
As for the packing itself and fitting everything into one suitcase, the technique of rolling up clothing is generally favoured for space saving over folding clothing. You can even pack smaller items into ziplock or vacuum bags to compress and remove any excess air in the case.
Remove that you will most likely be able to wash clothing wherever you are, even if it means taking along or buying some of your own detergent. You might be able to use a laundrette in your destination, or simply wash things in your sink.
A final tip is to make sure that you wear your bulkiest clothing that you plan to take on the plane; there’s no point in wasting suitcase space on something like a coat or pair of jeans. You’ll be able to take off any extra layers if you get too hot on the plane or when you reach your destination.
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