Let me first start off this post by saying, I have no idea why I decided to post this in the first place. I’m the worst. packer. ever! I procrastinate so hard and end up sitting in my closet playing with things I forgot about. It’s a bad habit but I really hate packing and never feel like I have everything I need. Nevertheless, I have a few tips & tricks that will help with traveling! (I was going to make a video about this but seeing myself talk on camera makes me cringe so a blog post it is.)
Hack 1 : CHECK THE WEATHER & get an idea of what the climate is going to be when you get there. It’s an obvious one but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone somewhere thinking it was going to be super hot so I brought cute jumpers and lightweight dresses. It rained the entire time… Oh yeah, and I wore jeans in the middle of summer in Louisiana. I was dying… just check the weather.
Hack 2 : ROLL UP YOUR CLOTHES. This is such an obvious tip but it really does save you space in your suitcase; and enables you to bring more stuff 😉
Hack 3 : STRAWS & NECKLACES. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve thrown necklaces into a bag and it was a tangled mess when I tried to wear them. This is another known hack but put the necklace through a straw hole and it will save you time on untangling necklaces.
Hack 4 : PLAN WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR. Ok so this is still a hard one for me. I get an idea of what I’m going to wear and then bring 5 more shirts for …. options. (you’ve all made this excuse when packing. “I’ll just bring this shirt for some options” Then that shirt turns into another shirt, and then it turns into another outfit and now… you’ve just messed up! trust me, I do it all of the time.) YOU DON’T NEED OPTIONS! Options make it so much harder to pick what you’re going to wear. What I find to be the most helpful tip is to lay out your outfit and get an idea of what it will look like. That way you don’t have to take everything out of your bag, try it on, and keep trying on clothes until you find what you want to wear.
Hack 5 : KEEP SHOES CLEAN. my mom calls me ghetto but using a shower cap over shoe soles will help your clothes stay clean. Especially if you can’t wash your shoes or get them wet. Or use a plastic bag but shower caps seem more “DIY” ish lol
Hack 6 : KEEP CLOTHES SMELLING FRESH. Put dryer sheets in your bag (and shoes) to freshen them up.
Hack 7 : SHOES = SPACE. If you’re bringing boots, put your socks in your shoes to use all space in your bag.
Hack 8 : LIQUIDS IN CARRY ON. Make sure you know how many ounces of liquid you can bring on a carry on. The airline website will tell you how many ounces you can bring. I totally forgot about this rule and I usually throw everything in my bag whenever I go home (told you, i’m so bad at this whole packing thing…) and threw all of my hair products in my carry on and they threw it away!!! I just forgot about that rule so now I ALWAYS have to check how many ounces I can bring!
Hack 9 : WRAP IT. Again, when flying, due to the high altitudes, some liquids may explode. To make sure it doesn’t spill all over your clothes, unscrew the top of the bottle. Cut a square in saran wrap and place the saran wrap over the bottle. Put the cap back on the bottle and this way nothing will spill. If you want to be even more safe, put all liquids in a ziplock bag as well.
Hack 10 : BRING A PORTABLE CHARGER. My phone never survives a full plane ride so just bring a portable charger to ensure that your phone will be charged and ready for pictures. (plus they’re super cheap)
Hack 11 : DOWNLOAD MOVIES ON NETFLIX. Netflix has this new thing out (it may be old but I just found it out) that you can download Netflix movies and watch them while not using data! So you can be set to watch it on the plane or in the car!
Hack 12 : UTILIZE SUN GLASS CASES. Put cords like headphones, cell phone chargers, and portable chargers in a sun glass case so it won’t be super tangled and it’s convenient for you to get.
Hack 13 : PURSE IN BOOKBAG. This is more for people who are flying but I always bring a bookbag and stuff a purse inside of it. I may not want to carry a backpack around everywhere, especially a place with a lot of pickpockets, so having a purse inside your bag is super helpful. That was you can have one carry on item but two bags!
Hack 14 : GO INCOGNITO. When booking flights, open your computer tab and click “New Incognito Tab.” This allows you to be “secret” when searching flights that way when looking at airline websites, they don’t up the charge. Does that make sense?! (I’ve never tried this personally but I have friends who have and they said it worked)
Hack 15 : ADJUST YOUR SLEEPING SCHEDULE. This is for people who are going into different time zones. Say your destination is 6 hours ahead of you. It’s 3 your time and it’s 8 their time. If you wake up at 3 your time, you will be prepared to wake up early there time and adjust better. (although, I’m still testing this hack out. I’ll let you know how it goes.)
If you have any hacks I should know about, please let me know!! Have a safe trip and happy travels 🙂