No matter if you’re going on weekend getaway or a year-long trip, what (and how) you pack will dictate how prepared you are for your journey. Our mates at Skyscanner Australia, have tried just about every method there is when it comes to packing. Here are fifteen top tips on how to pack light and travel with ease.
What to pack:
1. Coordinating clothes.
While your cartoon-print fluro pants are a must-have item at home, they might be hard to colour coordinate while on the road. Pack a variety of neutral coloured clothing (tan, grey, black, white) as well as a few statement accessories to ensure that every outfit matches. It’s best if every top can match every bottom to get the most versatile wardrobe with just a few pieces. If you’re going to be in varying climates, layer clothing instead of packing a puffy coat you’ll only wear once.
2. A sarong.
A sarong is useful no matter where you go. You can use it as a scarf, a blanket, a towel, a makeshift curtain in a hostel bunkbed, at the beach, and as a hygienic barrier against questionable surfaces.
3. Dental floss.
Aside from keeping gingivitis at bay, a few metres of dental floss can double as a clothesline, shoelace, and stitches up any holes that come from wear and tear.
Instead of packing heavy books that will be nothing but dead weight once you’ve read it, load all books onto an e-reader to save space. You can even load guidebooks that are easy to flip through by using the search function.
5. Clothes made of quick-dry material.
If you pack shirts and shorts made from lightweight, quick-dry material, you’ll save space, weight, and be able to wash your outfits in any hotel sink whenever they need a scrub. Simply hang them overnight and they’ll be dry by the next morning to wear again.
For another packing tip that’ll make sure you arrive to your destination feeling good and looking ceaseless, we’ve got the packing protocol for you:
6. An extra outfit in your carry-on bag.
Lost luggage is inconvenient – especially if the only clothing you have is what you’ve just worn on a germ-laden long-haul flight. Always pack a spare change of clothes in your carry-on luggage just in case your bag goes on its own adventure to Timbuktu.
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in hostels or on public transportation, take a small padlock or bicycle lock with you to secure your belongings. Thieves typically want to steal something quick and easily. Having a lock might just be enough to deter them from helping themselves to your valuables.
8. Plastic shower caps.
If you see plastic shower caps as part of the toiletries in your hotel, you can use them to cover the bottom of your shoes when you pack them.
9. Power board.
In this decade, travellers venture out with a laptop, iPad, e-reader, phone, camera, and other electronic devices. Yet, hostels and hotels often have just one or two power outlets. Pack a power board and one adapter to solve all of your electronic problems and charge everything while you sleep.
How to pack:
10. Roll your clothes.
Roll, don’t fold, your clothes. You can layer them on top of one another (all tops together, all bottoms together, all jumpers together) or roll them very tightly individually. This saves space and keeps them wrinkle-free.
11. Packing cubes are your friend.
Ever gone to retrieve one item from your luggage, only to realise it’s at the bottom of your bag? Pack your belongings with packing cubes to save space and keep everything organised.