Top 10 Packing Tips

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Are you one of those people that always have problems organizing their luggage? Do you often lack space in your backpack or a suitcase? Have you ever had to leave an item behind because it didn’t fit in? So check this packing tips and use them for your next trip.

1.Do a list

Even though you may travel a lot, there is always a risk of you forgetting something. On my last business trip, I forgot to take my pajamas! Do a list with all thing you need when you travel and check it before and after packing. As they say, better safe than sorry.

2. Smart packing

101 of packing – use small bottles to repack shampoo (and other cosmetics) so that you don’t have to carry a big bottles/containers with you. Roll you clothes. It may sound strange, but rolling rather than folding clothes make more space in your bag. Try it!

3. Backpack tip

When you pack items in a backpack, put the lighter items at the bottom and the heavier ones on top. This way your backpack will not feel as heavy.

4. Safety tips

Scan your passport, other documents and tickets and save it on your e-mail account. In case you lose something, you can always have a copy. Split up your credits cards and cash in different places. In case you get robbed, you wont be left with no money. Label your luggage, both inside and out.

5. Carry-on luggage

Always carry travel documents, medication, jewelry, keys and other valuables in your carry-on luggage. You may want to add a clean pair of underwater as well. 

6. Shoes rule

Don’t take more than two pair of shoes. And don’t forget that you can use the space inside to put some small object. (or socks for example). This is one of the packing tips that I never thought of before and now use all the time.

7. Clothes

First of all – take comfortable clothes. Neutral colors. And most important – remember you’re not on a fashion show. Don’t take more clothes than you need.

8. Battery rule

If you use some device on batteries, take them out before packing. If you accidentally switch it on in your backpack, you won’t found the batteries dead later.

9. What’s your is yours 

Mark your suitcase with a label or a ribbon. Don’t risk for someone else taking your luggage on the airport by mistake.

10. The less, the better

This is my favorite rule. Don’t act like a spoiled child and carefully decide what you really need. The extra luggage will just slow you down and tire you out. Remember the golden rule – take half the clothes, twice the money.

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