Packing is for many of us the dreaded part of any trip. No matter if you go into a last-minute panic or if you’re a thorough planner, there seems to always be that one item you look at in your suitcase and wonder ‘why did I bring that?’. Making sure you pack everything you need to feel comfortable, that keeps you warm or cool in the weather, while still looking good (and also being able to find everything in your suitcase) is no easy feat. To help prep for your next trip we’ve put together our top tips to get your clothing packing organised.
Nailing the basics
Whether you’re travelling for work or leisure, we all want to look ‘nice’ on our trip. But unless you’re willing to pay the excess baggage charges, and struggle with multiple suitcases everywhere you go – you need to pack smart and be prepared to re-wear essential basics. Items that can be mixed and matched, layered, and don’t stain easily are ideal. Neutral coloured clothing is always a good option, but if you’re concerned about freshening up your look, this is where accessories such as scarves, can really come in handy. They’ll give you a splash of colour, but can also double as a shawl or blanket if the temperature cools off.
Do your research
Researching the weather, climate and what you plan to do in the places you will visit will all help guide what is going to be essential for your trip (and what should take up space in your suitcase). If you’re planning to do a lot of walking or hiking, you need comfortable shoes, if you’re heading to a wet weather climate it may be good idea to take a waterproof jacket with a hood. While it may sound self-explanatory thinking about what you will be doing each day can be a good way to self-check when you look at the clothes you’re packing.
It’s also important to respect the different cultures and places you may be visiting. In Europe some churches and other religious sites will not allow you to enter with shorts, or tops that show your shoulders (even in the middle of summer) so having another option on hand is a smart idea. In other more devout religious communities a modest form of dress, where clothing covers your knees and shoulders may be expected to be adhered too.
If you’re literally going to be living out of a suitcase, on the move with limited time to unpack — think about packing strategically. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to dig to the bottom of your bag for something essential, or having to rummage through the entirety of your case to find that one top you want to wear. Think about segmenting your suitcase into pants, shirts, outerwear, or another combination that works for you. Try to keep things neat as you travel along to help reduce any unnecessary hassle along the way.
The fact is, when you’re travelling you simply can’t carry everything you own. Pack with a plan in mind, and for the most part you should be able to enjoy your adventure, feel comfortable and confident. And at the end of the day, if you need to buy an item on the road – at least you can cherish it as a souvenir.