Here’s how to pack for a long trip like a pro

Traveling for a long trip can be a daunting subject. After all, it’s very tempting to pack things you think you’ll use, only to find out your suitcase won’t close.

 

If that has happened to you, read on, as the following tips will make your life a lot easier!

 

If there anything more exciting than going on a trip?

Yes, an extended vacation!

 

More time traveling means more places to visit and more adventures to enjoy.

However, it also means dealing with more luggage, or at least, dealing with packing as efficiently as possible.

 

The prospect can be a little daunting. After all, airfare is expensive, and the more you carry with you, the more expensive it gets.

 

With that in mind, we’ve come up with some easy to follow tips to pack like an expert!

 

Pack what you think you need, then halve it.

 

No matter where you’re going, chances are you’ll want to take a lot of clothes with you, just in case.

 

Extra underwear is a given, but so are those extra pairs of pants, that sweater that might come in useful, those fancy clothes in case you get invited to a party and so on.

 

Grab everything you think you’ll need, then challenge yourself to halve it. This way, you’ll be able to separate the true essentials from the rest.

 

Other countries have laundries.

 

Unless you’re planning to visit more than one country, one week worth of clothes is all you need.

 

No, really.

 

Most hotels offer laundry services, and even if they don’t, you can always find a laundry somewhere in the city you’re staying in.

 

Sure, they might be different from what you’re used to, and you may not even speak the local language, but laundry, is laundry.

 

If all else fails, just buy a little detergent and wash your clothes in your sink.

 

It’s far from the most elegant solution, but it’s affordable, and it will keep your clothes clean through your trip.

 

Organization tools are always useful.

 

You might think that you’re a champion at folding clothes and you know how to take advantage of every nook and cranny in your suitcase, but you’d be amazed just how much of a difference organization tools can make.

 

Packing cubes and bags may not look like a big deal, but once you’ve started using them, you’ll wonder how you’ve managed to live without them all this time.

 

Seriously, a good pair of packing bags can turn an entire suitcase worth of clothes into a carry-on, so don’t knock them until you’ve tried them.

 

Footwear matters.

 

Shoes take up a lot of space, so you’ll need to be very selective about what you’re taking with you.

 

Those dressy shoes you love may look great on you but might not be great for walking around a new city, and they’re not suitable for exploring.

 

Think carefully about the activities you have planned and choose your footwear based on those; We all like to fantasize, but this is something you need to be realistic about.

 

As an extra tip, remember to wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane!

 

It’s not the most comfortable of choices, but you’ll save a lot of valuable suitcase space that way.

 

Don’t forget to pack a travel adapter.

 

Remember, not all countries use the same kind of sockets, so you should always reserve a space for your travel adapter, no matter where you go.

 

Better safe than sorry, right?

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