Packing 101

Packing is the worst, right? I just spent hours trying to fold, roll and stuff three weeks’ worth of clothing and items into a suitcase without going over the 50-pound limit.  It was nearly impossible! By going through this pain, I’ve learned what not to do when it comes to packing for a trip.

Here are a few tips for overcoming this dreaded task and finding the flow when it comes to packing for your next vacation.

  1. Don’t wait till the last minute

Whenever I wait till the last minute, I always overpack because I’m in a rush! I throw everything in my suitcase and pray I don’t forget something. This is the worst strategy, especially when there’s a weight limit on your luggage. I suggest starting a week before, making a list and sticking to it. If you need 5 dresses, only pack 5 dresses. By staying on task, you’ll pack efficiently and stay on task.

2. Structure your suitcase by the outfit

When packing your bags, my favourite way to stay organized is to pack by outfit, not by singular item. I do this because it helps me to make sure I have enough of each type of clothing (bottoms, tops, and undergarments) for every day I’m gone. If you can wear an item twice, save space by packing two tops for every bottom.

3. Always pack essentials in your carry on

I always pack my essentials in my carry-on to make sure when I land I’m ready to adventure. I’ll have a change of clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste and micellar water to freshen up. Not only will this make your packed luggage lighter, but it’s also the perfect back-up in case anything goes missing on your travels.

4. Use the KonMarie method with your packing

When packing, hold each item in your hand and ask ‘Does this item bring you joy? Do you really believe you need it on your trip?’ If the answer is no, don’t pack it. You probably don’t need that third pair of heels or that 8th bathing suit. If you’re packing as a just in case, leave it home.

There are so many ways to save on time and money when it comes to packing for your trip. These tips are just a few! You can always search for special folding techniques online or buy new luggage for more room but the most important thing when it comes to packing is that you have fun, recharge your batteries and enjoy all of your upcoming trips.

**featured in OptiMYz Magazine

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