It’s time to go on a holiday, and you cannot wait. However, before you actually embark on, perhaps, your most exciting trip ever, there’s the daunting part of packing. Some of us like to pack, and spend hours and hours carefully planning about the things we will take with us, while others do so in the very last second. Be that as it may, all of us make certain mistakes when it comes to packing. So, what are these and how to stop making them?
Not checking the weather forecast
It’s pretty obvious what you need to do. Before actually starting to pack, it’s very important that you check the weather forecast for the place you’re visiting. You definitely don’t want to be surprised by rain with those shoes that are not waterproof, nor do you want to pack your winter clothes and arrive at a destination where it’s actually quite hot during that specific weekend. Checking the weather forecast will furthermore direct your packing into one direction, so you don’t have to worry about taking both clothes for hot and cold weather. However, always bear in mind that the forecast is wrong, so it’s good to pack something in case the weather changes.
Waiting until the last second
As already mentioned, there definitely are people who pack very, very late. This is not only bad because you won’t have time to carefully and nicely pack all of your clothes (you don’t want wrinkles on your clothes, but more on that later), and there are high chances of you forgetting something. In case you are the one who packs last minute, it’s very important to know the priorities. If you’re going to the seaside, for example, make sure that you have your swimming suit packed first. Also, since you will definitely want to change a couple of times while there, don’t forget to pack an extra. Now, since you’re packing very late and you don’t have time to go shopping, you can always try and find a fashionable one piece swimwear online and have it delivered at your home or perhaps the hotel you’re staying. Also, it’s a very good idea to order such things online no matter when you’re packing as it can actually save you a lot of time.
Not rolling your clothes
Speaking of wrinkles, there’s another way in which you can prevent this, while also saving a lot of space in your suitcase. Many airline companies offer the possibility of only one suitcase per ticket, so it’s crucial that you make the most of it. The best way to achieve this is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. It’s an excellent way to maximize your suitcase space, and thus leave plenty of space for other things or even leave it empty for souvenirs and gifts. How to do it: Fold your clothes lengthwise before rolling it tightly, like you’re rolling a sleeping bag.
Not leaving space for gifts and souvenirs
If you carefully roll your clothes, you will maximize the space in your suitcase that you can either use for bringing more stuff with you, or even better, for the gifts and souvenirs you buy at your destination. We always buy something, so it’s very wrong to do to a holiday thinking you won’t be buying anything and thus leaving no space in your suitcase. Of course, you won’t be getting anything big, but allocate one part of your suitcase for small souvenirs. This could also be a hidden pocket in your suitcase, so you might want to forget about it while packing.
Forgetting your food
The last packing mistake that you might be making is perhaps the most important one, and it can happen very often if you’re packing in a rush. Forgetting your food is not only bad as you won’t have anything to eat while travelling, but it can also be very costly as you will have to spend extra money on food on airports or a place where you’ll be making your stops. Always have healthy snacks in your backpack, or even a sandwich, and most importantly, a bottle of water! Hydration is important!
Even though packing can be a nerve-wracking task, we all somehow love it as it means that we’re going somewhere exotic and interesting. So, it’s safe to say that packing is a bittersweet activity. Try to make a list of all the things you want to pack in order not to forget them. Also, pack your documents and booking/flight confirmations first – this is the most important!