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21 Packing Tips

When it comes to packing for a trip how many of you feel a little… um…. stressed out? Yep, me too.

‘Have I taken too much?’, ‘Should I bring that thing that I might need, even though I never use it at home?’, ‘Should I take my straighteners?’, ‘Are 12 pairs of shorts a little excessive?’, ‘My bag won’t shut!’ Sound familiar?

To try and answer a few of these frequently asked questions, below are 21 tips to help make the packing experience a little easier. We’ve already given you 20 Packing List Essentials so you know what to take, but now, here are 21 tips to help with how you pack it all together.

21 Tips for Packing the Perfect Backpack

Roll your clothes

You’ll be surprised how much space you save – and it’s helps to avoid creasing!

Bring Gaffer Tape

The perfect tool for quickly fixing broken straps or holes in backpacks.

Pack some plastic bags

To keep wet cozzies and dirty shoes separate from the rest of your things.

Bring a lock

Keep unwanted hands out of our backpack. A local will deter would be thieves.

Save Weight

Don’t take an entire Boots store in your backpack. Take a few essentials like suncream shampoo, toothpaste etc but remember you will be able to buy these things in most of the world too – you’re not falling off the end of the earth!

Don’t pack too many clothes

Here are 2 very good reasons why: 1) you will want to bring back souvenirs and buy more clothes when you’re away anyway so you need to make sure you have room and 2) you’ll probably end up wearing the same few pieces the whole time anyway!

Don’t get a bag that’s too big

While it may seem tempting to buy a large one and fill it with things you ‘might’ need, don’t forget you’ll spend a lot of time carrying your backpack around. So the lighter it is, the better for you.

Stand out from the crowd

Add a tie/belt/strap/scarf to your suitcase/backpack so you can easily identify it at the luggage carousel.

Do things by halves

When preparing for your trip, do a packing trial run. Pack your bag full of everything you think you’ll need, then unpack it all and half it. You’ll be very glad you did later.

Think about your first night

Pack some essentials at the top of your bag so you don’t have to unpack everything when you get to your destination, and you can just to get to what you need at that time. For instance, if you’re arriving late at night, put your PJ’s, tooth brush and toothpaste near the top so you can get to them easily.

Be fresh

Keep a spare top in your hand luggage to change into upon landing if you’re taking a long flight – you’ll instantly feel freshened up.

Dry bags

Organise your bag by separating out your clothes into categories (shorts/t-shorts/leggings etc) and packing them in separate bags. It will make things easier to find and will add another layer of waterproofing.

Suitcase bag

If you prefer the ease of a suitcase but also the comfort of a backpack, get a mix of both! It’s possible to get backpacks that unzip like a suitcase so you can find things easier.

Get a water proof bag cover

Chances are you’ll meet all kinds of weather on the road, so a waterproof cover will help to keep your backpack and its contents in tip top condition.

Layer up!

Consider packing lots of layers instead of a big, thick coat. That way you’re prepared for any type of weather and avoid taking up a lot of valuable packing space with an item you may barely need.

Keep your important things with you.

Bags can get lost – it’s an unfortunate fact of life that we just have to accept if we want to travel. So just in case, make sure anything important/special to you gets packed in your hand luggage, just in case.

Buddy Up

If you’re travelling in a group or a pair, talk to your travel buddy about what you’re both packing so you don’t double up. For example, girls, if you’re travelling with a mate and can’t live with out your straighteners, maybe one of you can bring a hair drier and one of you can bring the straighteners (although do consider going au natural – it’s liberating!)

Make a list

Lists work for some and bring no benefit for others – personally I can’t function with out them. Make a list before packing so you can plainly see what you have, what you still need to get and what you have, but don’t really need.

Keep your final list with you so you can quickly refer to it when questioning whether you bought that thing you’re about to delve into your over packed bag looking for… and then find that you didn’t even add in the first place.

Ease the Strain

Pack heavy things in the middle of your rucksack, as close to your back as possible. This will put less strain on your back when you carry your rucksack. Roll up your clothes rather than folding, this should give you more room and also, hopefully, make them less creased when you want to wear them.

Buy the best backpack you can afford

During the weeks or months of your trip your rucksack is going to have to see you through the rough and the smooth and take a battering en route. Make sure you set off with a rucksack that is as sturdy as possible. It is worth getting ‘fitted’ for your rucksack in a specialist outdoor shop.

Ensure you’re insured

Sometimes however hard you try things can go wrong. Make sure you get insurance so that you can replace those essential items in case they get lost or stolen when you are away.

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