When you wander as much as I do, the last thing you need is to be having to lug a huge suitcase around with you. It just gets in the way and slows you down. Not to mention the fact that the more space you have, the more unnecessary junk you end up buying to fill the void. And so, here are a few ready-for-anything packing tips:
You need to be aware of the tendency we all have - to buy stuff we do not really need. We all do it, and it is all too easy to slip back into the habit. Before you buy anything, look at it and ask yourself if you really need it.
Pack multi-purpose clothes and gadgets
Ideally, you want to be able to use every item in your backpack in a range of different ways. For example, most of these men's shorts from Jacamo can just as easily be worn for hiking, cycling or sightseeing on a warm day. At a pinch, you could wear them as pyjamas or even underwear. Packing multi-purpose clothes and gadgets will save you a lot of space and hassle.
Stay organised and be ruthless
If you are globetrotting, take the time to pause every once in a while to assess what you have in your bag. Once a month, spread it all out on the bed. Dispose of any items you have not used in a while, and repair or replace anything that is looking worse for wear.
When you do this, think about what your plans for the next month are, so you make wise decisions. Naturally, you will want to hang onto expensive items like wet weather gear.
In the summer, you may not be using them, but will need them for the odd day when it rains heavily and more in the winter. It is also a good idea to have something smart to wear for a date or party.
Use packing cubes
Lightweight packing cubes will help you to keep items in good condition. They will also enable you to stow those items that you do not use as much at the bottom of your bag, so you do not have to unpack them. When you travel, having what you need close at hand, in the top part of your bag is very handy. Packing cubes make it easier for you to do this. If you buy the type with a drawstring top they will also help you to fit more into your bag or case.
A good bag
A good quality bag is essential. You will be glad of little extra features like padded straps and the ability to tie extra items onto the outside of your backpack when you are doing activities that require you to carry more gear.
If you want more tips on how to buy the best bag for your next trip try this video. It includes quite a few tips that most people would not normally think of. Therefore, it is well worth spending a few minutes watching it.
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How about you guys? Do you have any simple tips to add to the list?
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