Travelling is probably the most exciting activity for every human being on earth. Who doesn’t want to go places right? But there is always one thing that hinders us from getting to our destinations....packing and preparing. If only we had the magical power to have our things pack themselves. Clothes, chargers, gadgets, shoes, food — can we really pack them all?
And if we do get to cram everything into our bags, are we ever satisfied by it? Crumpled clothes, excess baggage, and spilling liquids are the most frustrating things that can happen whenever we pack. Add the frustration and anxiety you get before you board a plane or ship. If you are constantly experiencing these problems, then you’ve got some serious packing issues.
But these things should in no way dampen your adventurous spirit nor prevent you from exploring other wonderful places. In fact, there are simple solutions for these. Try out these 7 simple tricks of the trade in packing like a pro.
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1. Save Your Google Maps
Everyone knows that this is a traveler’s most essential app, and you can access your maps even without data, just type “ok maps” and the map will save offline.
2. Pack Ziplock bags
Never underestimate the power of ziplock bags as they can be used not only to store items and vacuum pack clothes but also to inflate them and use as air pillows.
3. Choose a dark palette
Pairing clothes will be easier if you pack clothes with dark colors and no patterns or prints, choosing neutral colored sweaters will also be easier to pair with.
4. Bring a microfiber towel
Packing a bath towel can be quite bulky and space-consuming but a better alternative is a microfiber towel that is smaller.
5. Tag your camera
It’s easy to lose a gadget while on your trip so if you want to increase the chances of getting your camera back, snap a photo of your name and details on how to return it.
6. Seal liquid containers
Spilled liquid is a common packing problem and is often the most troublesome, but this can be averted by adding clingwrap before putting on the lid or cover.
7. Use shoe space
Shoes are bulky to pack but they’re actually hollow inside so stuff it with your socks or any small items that could fit in to save more space.
Bonus Tip: Take advantage of reward points
If you're clever, you can use travel hacking to get free hotel rooms, free airport lounge access, and even free flights. How? It's called card churning - to attract new customers, credit card companies offer big bonuses for signing up - travel hackers can take advantage by signing up for new credit cards, hitting the minimum spend, and cancelling before the annual fee comes due, leaving you with a ton of free frequent flyer miles and reward points.