3 Packing Strategies for a Seamless Voyage

3 Packing Strategies for a Seamless Voyage, Flickr: Jessica EnigWe all have different packing “styles” – some people plan for weeks (months, even!) what they will bring on a trip, others throw a few things in a suitcase the night before they leave and call it good. Whatever your style is, here are some strategies for thinking through what you should bring on your next voyage.

 

  • Think through each day of the trip. This may seem laborious, but it’s worth it. For example, if you’re going on an 8-day trip, think through what you will be doing (or at least make your best guess) on each one of those days. Then, think about what things you’ll need to wear or bring for each of those activities. Next, figure out if there’s any “overlap” that will allow you to cut down on the “bulk” (i.e. if you’re going out for a fancy dinner twice with two different groups of people, why not wear the same dress clothes both times?). Make sure you bring appropriate, comfortable footwear for each of the activities (you don’t want sore feet on vacation!). Another thing to keep in mind is the climate (will you need a rain jacket or a sunhat, for example?).
  • Choose a color scheme. If you’re packing for a long trip, it can be helpful to choose a color scheme for your clothing. I always start by choosing my “neutral” color first (black, brown or navy) and then base the rest of my color choices off of that. I tend to choose simple prints/fabrics that travel well, and I roll my clothes to save room and save on ironing time (who am I kidding, I never iron!). If you’re only planning on bringing one or two pair of shoes, make sure they coordinate and are comfortable with the rest of your wardrobe (same goes for scarves and other accessories).
  • Leave room for more. If you know you’ll be doing some shopping on your trip, be sure to leave room in your bag (both in terms of space and weight, since most airlines charge an additional fee if your bag is overweight). Pare down your possessions to only the ones you know (or at least are pretty sure) you’ll use on your trip (see strategy #1). Another easy way to make room is to determine what you can buy when you arrive without putting too big of a dent in your budget (toiletries, for example).

 

Bon voyage!

 

Photo: Jessica Enig

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