It’s about that time of year for the family to pile in the car for those long hauls to visit family members. Some of you hopefully get to do the opposite and go somewhere exotic to avoid the winter weather. Regardless of if it’s duty free goods, holiday mementos or random knickknacks it’s inevitable that you’ll be bringing more back home than what you left with. So let’s make sure you have room for it! We’ve compiled a short list of some helpful packing tips to make things a little easier on your arms when lugging all of the families luggage “over the river and through the woods”.
First trick of packing is to use all available space possible. Many people don’t pack items in other items which wastes a large amount of luggage space in doing so. For example, stuff shoes with sunglasses, electronics chargers or socks. Put other small items that could get lost like jewelry or other small electronics in the pockets of coats and pants.
Next gather all the garments you anticipate needing… Then put half of them back. Why? Majority of the things you originally pull when packing end up being extra. Instead, select clothes in the same color family, packing a couple more tops than bottoms. This way everything you take will match and you already have planned outfits for each day.
For delicate items, try using tissue paper to help with creasing. Lay the piece of clothing face down and place some tissue paper on top. Roll or fold up the clothes with the tissue paper inside. Use additional layers of paper as you fold the garment so it is completely wrapped in and around the paper. This is easy enough the first time you pack, but can become tedious if you have to keep repacking. I only use this approach for dress pants and shirts that I don’t want to crush or crease.
When packing all the clothes you want to take, rolling is superior to folding in terms of packing a tight space. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones. Plus, if rolled correctly they’re less prone to deep wrinkles from fold creases.
Lastly, don’t bring toiletries you can acquire at your destination for cheap – shampoo, conditioner, body wash and sunblock for example. These lotions and gels will add extra weight to your suitcase and can often get smashed and open to cause a mess inside your luggage. It’s definitely easier to pick these necessities up at a local drug store or supermarket once in your new destination.
Hopefully this list helped make the packing process a little easier for you. Now the only thing you have to deal with is the constant bathroom break stops and the “are we there yet” questions coming from the back seat, (and sometimes the passenger).