5 packing hacks for holiday travel

/ 05:35 PM December 05, 2016

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Holidays are busy times for travelers and people looking to go home for the season. There are tickets to book, accommodations to call and, more importantly, bags to pack. But with all the ensuing chaos, finding the time to put together everything you need for the trip in a neat little package can be troublesome.

Luckily, we have a few solutions that will make your holiday travel packing a much easier job:

Pack Extra

So you’re finally able to fit everything you wanted to bring inside your suitcase or bag. Problem solved, right? But what’s this? You’ve accidentally bit off more you could chew, having acquired a few more items to take back home with you. That’s why it’s important to bring an extra carrying bag you can easily fold and pack in your main luggage. This is especially helpful for people who are fond of bringing home souvenirs for themselves or the family.

Stuffed in Stuff

Keep things inside other things to optimize your bag space. Put socks inside of shoes. Put a rolled up belt inside polo collars. Put chargers or small accessories inside old eyeglass cases. Roll shirts, shorts or other easily folded cloth items and put them inside smaller bags or just pile them in one corner of your luggage to maximize your packing area. The key is separating large items or items you can use as containers from the smaller, easy to conceal items and then pairing them off.

All in One

Always keep your most precious items (wallet, passport, laptop, books, journal) in one compact hand carry bag. This makes it easier for you to access all of the most important things instead of having to look through your main luggage, ruining all your pre-flight organization work. You can use the bag as your main tote bag since you can’t lug your large roller bag or suitcase everywhere you go.

That’s a Wrap

Taking home fragile items with no bubble wrap in sight? Not to worry! Your clothes (especially soft, wooly items like socks or sweaters) can easily cushion most items made of glass or thin plastic without any worry of them breaking. Simply lay a shirt flat, place the item in the middle and fold over it as much as you can. Using socks, simply stuff the item inside and secure the opening. Makes sure the item in question isn’t too big as to overstretch the material, or you may find yourself with footwear three sizes too big after your journey.

For Every Occasion

Always pack clothes based on the journey you’re taking. Limit your wardrobe by picking outfits that do double duty, like a dress you can accessorize for semi-formal events but can dress down for a walk on the beach. Bring pants that don’t wrinkle and absorb bad smells that can be worn on most occasions, and one pair is all you’ll need. If you are planning to attend a formal event, pick an ensemble you can easily pack plus two pairs of shoes: one pair for leisure and one for dressing up. Only bring accessories like necklaces, pins or fancy watches when absolutely necessary.

Packing will be as easy as 1-2-3 when you take these simple pack hacks to heart. Lighten your holiday load so you can enjoy the travel before and after you embark on your holiday adventure.
 

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