13 Packing Hacks T0 Help You Travel Easier
We are packing furiously at our place at the moment as we are moving house, that mind-numbing experience lead me to thinking about some of my favorite packing hacks for both moving home and traveling.
This post will focus on packing hacks for traveling however, I’m sure after moving for the 23rd time, (yes you read that right) I’ll have lots of tips to share about packing and moving boxes too, stay tuned.
When you are out and about exploring a new place a lightweight backpack will keep you organized and everything in one spot for easy access. It keeps your camera dry, carries your water, any maps if you don’t like using your smartphone, clothing for layering, snacks and any other belongings you like to take along with you for the day. Keep your money on you rather than in your daypack as they’re an easy target for pickpockets.
I like to bring a couple of different sizes along, I use small ones for cotton tips and eye make-up remover pads, (pre this product) and large ones for mini packing cubes without the expense of some of the brand names ones such as these. I tend to squish things into the smallest spaces when I pack, utilizing as much as the bag as I can.
Vitamins and Prescriptions
Before you travel make sure you have a letter from your medical practitioner for your medicines or vitamins in case customs need an explanation in the visiting country. My Naturopath even wrote a letter for a few natural tablets, I didn’t think it necessary, however, she insisted as she’d been caught herself.
Dry goods such as oats can be easily mixed with hot water, add a few nuts and dried fruit and you have a complete breakfast. Taking healthy snack bars with you is a great way to cut costs and keep away the tummy rumbles too, just watch the sugar content tho, these are ideal, a superfood and snack in one.
Share Your Partners Luggage
In case your bag doesn’t make it at the same time you do, it’s a great idea to put a complete outfit in each others luggage, at least you’ll have one to wear while the other is drying! This will cut down on costs of buying more clothes (not covered by some insurance companies) AND avoids excess baggage charges.
A few weeks out start setting aside the clothes you think you’ll need on your trip. You could even take pics on your phone to remind you what outfits you put together before you traveled. Challenge yourself to pack less and travel lighter if you need some help, grab my Packing Like a Pro series here.
When one of my sons headed to camp one year I packed full day’s outfits into resealable bags and labelled them, that way he didn’t have to think about it. Doing this prior to your vacation saves the added hassle and your kiddos gain a little bit more independence!
Find Your Room Easily
Sometimes in hallways on a cruise ship or in hotels one door looks like the next. Take a piece of ribbon with you and tie to your door handle so you and your kiddos can find your room easily and quickly. This works really well on the handle of your luggage if you stow your bag, easily identified on the carousel!
Bling and Scarves
Bring one of your favorite necklaces along a few different earrings and you can mix and match with most outfits. Scarves are great for this too for brightening any outfit.
Compact Eco Bags
Save the planet and bring your own recyclable bag, you are doing a bit of shopping on your trip, right?. They are lightweight, fit into a pocket or purse easily and save landfill from more plastic!
There’s nothing worse than being miles from your hotel and a downpour hits! Easier to carry and pack than an umbrella these reuseable rain ponchos are a must for your purse of daypack. They are lightweight, leave your hands free and covers your daypack, keeping the rain off it too!
You needn’t buy a jewelry roll if you don’t have one, an old glasses case will do the trick to keep your jewelry from knots and flying around your luggage.
I’m a big believer in miniatures or decanting all you toiletries including your skin care, hair care, and personal care products. A toiletry bag that lies flat, hangs on the door and is easily accessed is great to travel with. These are all I use now, so much easier to find things too!
What makes life easier for you when you travel? What packing hacks do you have to share?