Traveling to another place is exciting. At the same time, it can also be challenging. This is true if you are staying for quite some time and you have to pack a lot of things. You might have to spend hours just to finish packing.
The worst part is that even if you spend a lot of time packing, you still did not get it right. The moment you arrive at your destination, you realize that a lot of things were left behind. You also have a very messy luggage. Finding the things you need is even more challenging.
There are strategies to ensure that you won’t face this problem on your next trip. Here are some travel hacks for effective packing.
Save Google maps
Back then, you had to bring an actual map if you wanted to search for certain places. Now, you don’t have to do it with the help of Google maps.
The only problem is that you need Internet access to use it. While packing your stuff, try saving your Google maps. This helps so that if you have arrived and there is no Internet connection, you can still use the maps.
Sometimes, it takes time just finding Internet access, especially in countries where the government has strict regulations when it comes to the use of the internet.
Use ziplock bags
This is a very effective strategy if you want to maximize space in your bag. You can also put any item inside, including clothes, bath essentials, or make up kit. You can even transform these bags into pillows. You just have to blow and zip it.
Bring clothes of darker palette
This is effective in such a way that you no longer have to bring a lot of clothes with you. Darker palettes can be paired with almost anything.
You can even repeat the same clothes after washing them. This means that even if you only have a few of them with you, they would be sufficient for the entire trip.
Put a tag on your devices
Smartphones, cameras and tablets are among the electronic devices that can be easily lost. It helps if you place a name tag on them.
By then, if ever they get lost, someone with a good heart can find them and bring them back to you. Of course, you can’t expect everyone to do the same thing, but at least there is a chance of getting them back when a Good Samaritan happens to find them.
Seal the liquid containers
They are the most problematic when packing. When shaken and tossed around, they end up spilling over. As you open your bag, everything is wet. Don’t let it happen again.
Make sure that you seal the liquid container. If not, place them in a zip lock. This helps so that even if the cover is removed, it won’t be spilled on the other items inside your bag.
Maximize the space in your shoes
Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage. Of course, you can’t leave them behind. The best thing to do is to make use of the space inside. Fold your clothes in such a way that they will fit in the space on the shoes.
You can do the same thing for socks and other smaller items. Even if your shoes have taken up a lot of space, it doesn’t matter. You have already maximized the spaces in between.
Once you are done packing, try to check what you have packed. If possible, use a checklist so you can easily identify what else needs to be packed.
Once you are done, you can close the bag and you are good to go. Lock your bags if possible to avoid the possibility of theft. Place a name tag on the bag as well for easy identification. It also helps so you won’t have problems when getting your bag from the baggage belt upon arrival.
These are just some of the most effective hacks for your next travel. The infographic below lists other tips that you can use. A lot of people have tried them before. You can do the same thing and expect great results. Your next trip will definitely be a smooth one.