Most people (women to be perfectly honest!) find it hard to eliminate items when packing for travel. This results in panic, and eventually, you are stuck with a bag of useless things. Well, this is a problem even pro flyers encounter, so you need not worry.
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Below, I have outlined essential packing hacks that will help ease the pressure and make your flight as efficient and comfortable as possible.
- 1. Wear more and pack less.
Things like jackets and sneakers take up lots of space in suitcases. Try to wear jackets or coat as opposed to packing it. Also, wear something that you can re-wear when you get to your destination. The goal is to have as many outfits to change as possible.
Wear more neutral outfits so that when you come across a cute hat or scarf: you simply layer it on without having to open your main luggage. This will allow you space to impulse buy and still look stylish.
- Pack portable chargers.
The lives of many of us will literally come to a standstill if you take our electronics from us. Now imagine being stuck in the waiting lounge because of a delayed flight without access to electronics. Dedicate a small toiletry bag to portable chargers and adapters.
So you can charge your phone anywhere when the battery runs low. It is advisable to carry a power bank with you as it is more efficient than looking for a charging socket.
- Choose the right bag
Most airlines have strict baggage policies, and beating them is quite expensive. Obtain a copy of the guidelines to your preferred airline beforehand. With that, you will know what you are allowed to carry and how much it should weigh.
Opt for carry-ons as they save you a lot of time in baggage claim and are less likely to cost you extra baggage fees. The brighter the color if the bag, the better as you will easily spot it on the baggage ramp.
- Have a prepacked spontaneity bag.
It’s easy to forget things like a hair comb or false lashes. Have a go-to spontaneity bag for all the sudden trips. This will cut the packing time by half as you will have all your toiletries ready, and those are the hardest to pack. In small packing bags, put all your go-to makeup products and, in another, put your essentials.
If you travel often, you can throw in things like sandals and hats that go with any outfit to further reduce packing time.
- Pack updated documents.
The most important thing to have in your carry on is your documents. Research on the required materials beforehand and ensure you obtain them. The most common issues arise from expired medical vaccines. No flight will allow you to board without these, so beware.
Pack them in a plastic file bag and photocopy them just in case you lose the original ones. If you must carry expensive valuables, get them insured as robberies are quite common.
- Maximize space and pack methodically
Strive to have the least amount of bags possible, and to achieve this; you have to be smart in your packing. Roll up your clothes instead of folding to fit more clothes together. Place shoes in the middle of clothes rows after your done packing. This is because shoes take up a lot of space if packed first.
Pack any item with lithium-ion batteries (mostly electronics) on top of the bag in one layer. Custom guidelines require security agents to screen all lithium-ion products, and you wouldn’t want them combing through your luggage looking for a phone on the bottom of your suitcase.
- Use shoes as pouches.
If you have to pack a lot of shoes, then do not be worried about the available space. Pack other items in paper bags then stash them inside the boots. This will go a long way in saving you space, and you do not have to worry about it being gross as the paper bags/zip lock will keep them safe.
Lots of frequent flyers swear by these hacks, so follow them if you want to join the Pro club. You will have the least hustle and get to your destination without inconveniences like leaving contraband behind or being prevented from boarding your flight.