What Should You Do Before You Even Start To Pack?
The first thing is to research your flight, and figure out what you want to wear on the plane like white socks, blouses, a coat or something else.
You also need to know where you're going, and what you plan on doing.
You should note that airlines have different weight limits on baggage and other similar rules.
Make sure you know what they are before packing everything so you don't have to pay extra. To cut back on the weight make sure you think about everything you put in your bags twice.
Even if it's your favorite shirt, a pair of white socks, or even a sweater think, "Do I really need this?" or not. You also need to think of how long you'll be gone.
If you have pets you should find someone to look after them, even if it's a short trip. If you can't find anyone then take them to a boarding house or pet hotel so they're taken care of.
That being said, get everything in order and pre-pack the night before or even a few days before you leave for your fun trip. The day you leave should be a non-stressful and happy day, not hectic.
Another nice tip is to clean your house before you leave. Do the dishes, laundry, and just clean up around the house. When you get back home you won't have the stress of coming back to a messy house.
What Should You Bring With You?
The only person who truly knows that question is you since all trips are going to be different in some way. There are many checklists out there that have an assortment of items for you to go through.
Remember when you're packing to not forget to put stuff in your carry on. Make sure that there's an extra change of clothes, an extra pair of colored or white socks, some extra underwear, some toiletries, and other important things.
You should also take along some smaller bags so you don't have to lug around a case when you're going out. If you have string bags or small backpacks, they would work great.
If you plan to take your laptop with you, I would suggest a nice case so if it falls or if there's a lot of movement it won't get damaged. Same goes for any other electronics like tablets and phones.
The thing you should bring if you're taking electronics is any chargers. You will also need adapters since many countries have different outlets.
You should also decide if you want to bring along some extra shoes. The insides can be used as space filler for chargers or other small items.
If they're older you can wrap them in shoe bags or shower caps to keep the dirt away from the rest of your stuff.
Don't Pack All Of Your White Socks and Light Tops!
Some things just aren't necessary when you're going on a trip, even if it's short. They can take up space or just sit there while you're on vacation.
I know you may think it's necessary but think about this one. Do you really need to bring a bar or bottle of soap?
Every hotel I have ever been in, even the not so great ones, has had soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Even if they were small they were still there. If you run out there's probably a store you can easily get it at.
Another bathroom product you won't need is a hairdryer or even a curling iron. Most hotels will have a hairdryer built in so they'll just take up space as you pack your bags.
Curling irons aren't needed either, just let your hair be free for a few days. If you really want those waves then put your hair in a towel, braid, or bun and sleep on it overnight.
You may need shoes, but you don't need 10 pairs of them. Even if you're going away for a month or two, you'll only need 1-3 pairs.
One could be a nice pair, another is sneakers, and the last is just a regular daily shoe. You should also get the best socks for sweaty feet since you'll most likely be walking and traveling a lot.
If you over-pack you can lose things, go over the weight limit, and even have to leave things behind. No matter where I've been I have always came back with more than what I started with.
What You Should Bring
You may want to pack all of your favorite clothes but you most likely won't be able to. There are a lot of factors that you have to consider before throwing your entire closet into a bag.
It really depends on where you're going and how long you'll be there. If you know your going somewhere hot don't pack a parka, if it's cold don't pack shorts.
You also have to think about how long you're going for. With a weekend trip a carry on might be fine, but if it's for longer you may need a suitcase.
If you are going somewhere cold then wear the biggest jacket on the plane. It will free up some space and also keep you warm if you decide to fly on a plane since they do get cold.
You can also do this with the rest of your wardrobe. If you're taking boots, heavy mens crew socks, heavy pants, or long shirts, wear those. You might get hot but you'll have space for more things.
If you're not sure about what to wear pick a simple color scheme and stick to it. When you arrive at your destination you can mix and match without worrying about how it looks.
How Do I Pack My Clothes Correctly?
There are quite a few easy travel tips to follow when you pack your clothes. However, it's still up to you. You can throw things in, fold them, lie them flat, or roll them up.
A lot of people swear by the rolling method, but I personally lay all of my clothes flat and stack them up. Choose whatever suits your taste and can fit the most clothes.
When it comes to jewelry and valuable, cases are the way to go. If you spent all your money on your trip, there are a few packing hacks that may help you.
If you get some straws and some tape you can keep your necklaces straightened and in one place. Just wind in through the straw and when it's at the other side leave a little out and tape it down.
You can also do similar tricks with glasses cases, Tupperware, to-go boxes, and even old jars. As long as they can hold something inside, anything will do.
If you're afraid of them getting stolen you can put them inside of clothing. Stuffing some jewelry in your basic white socks or rolled up travel wear can hide them from wandering eyes.
Another good tip is to keep liquids together. Whether it be perfume, water, oil, shampoo, or toothpaste, keep them in one pace. Leaks are better kept together than ruining all your clothes.
Just remember where you put everything so you don't think it's lost. If you're not worried about losses but the freshness of your clothes, something to think of is dryer sheet hacks.
If you put a dryer sheet between your clothes or in your shoes, it will keep things smelling and feeling fresh. You won't have static and your clothes won't feel scratchy.
A good idea is to keep a checklist nearby so you know you've got everything you need. You can pick and choose what to pack from heaviest to lightest.
Try to keep the heavier items near the bottom and towards the wheels of the suitcase. It makes it easier to pull and carry as well as keeps your clothes from being smashed together.
Is There Anything To Help Me Pack?
Packing takes up a lot of time and you can easily forget a thing or two, even with a checklist. There are a few tools which can show you how to pack clothes to save space.
The one almost everyone praises is packing cubes. There are about 6 cubes that are like mini suitcases that fit inside your actual suitcase.
You can spread your clothes, colored and white socks and underwear, shoes, toiletries, and other things out among the 6 cubes. You can also get things like dividers and sectionals to separate everything out.
Along with those cubes or dividers try to add a small medical kit. It can help you if you get a cut or even sick. Finding a pharmacy might be hard if you're in another country and can't read the signs.
When it comes to the actual suitcase try to pick something lightweight but make sure it stands out. Try to add something to it that stands out against the rest so if lost, it can easily be identified.
What Do You Do The Day Your Leaving?
On the day of your vacation, you should hopefully have everything packed and ready to go. If not then try and wake up early to get everything in place.
I would suggest having the day before you leave filled with packing and cleaning so you can go to your car or the airport relaxed. Don't overwhelm yourself on the day you're leaving.
After you get your comfortable outfits on, look around the house and make sure everything is off. If you want to save electricity you can even go an unplug some outlets.
You should also check the windows and doors to make sure they're shut and locked. If you have someone coming to house sit then make sure there is a list of directions for them to do.
After everything is in place double check and then go. If you're flying think about which airport you're flying out of. If it's usually busy go 2-3 hours before you fly out.
You also have to take traffic conditions into consideration and how far away you live from the airport. Always leave super early to be safe rather than sorry.
Some road trip tips are to make sure you have a full tank of gas, everything is packed, and your engine is fine. Make sure everything is working and in good condition before heading out.
Vacations may be a time to let of steam and enjoy yourself, but you need to be prepared.
Losing or forgetting something can ruin your experience. Just take your time and relax, even if it goes south at one point.