The Ultimate Travel Packing Summary
Day or night, sunny or rainy, there’s always a room for sudden plans and unplanned road trips. Your family might just feel like going to a trendy beach which they’ve seen from the news a few hours ago. Your friends might be bored at home and suddenly decide to go on a trip to a famous attraction in a far province. Or you might just feel like unwinding wherever! You know, things can go really fun, funny and exciting!
A trip planned on the day itself is most of the time better than those that you’ve been planning for weeks already! Yes, it’s of sure glee and expectation, but responsibility also comes with it. Of course, you have to set your schedule well and cancel those you can set aside, and one of the things that can be most stressful is packing your things!
Here are some tips that you should consider to help you pack immediately and with less hassle:
MAKE A QUICK CHECKLIST
Although you might think that just instantly putting in anything you see in your closet is a practical idea and a quicker way to pack your clothes and stuff, still, you might miss out on one or more things if you don’t remember everything.
Coming up with a small checklist of the things you want and need to bring will be very useful, most especially if you’re staying for the night or for some days in your destination. It will help you keep track of what you have and don’t have yet, thus, you’ll avoid leaving behind important things.
Sit on a corner, think, list then pack! It will make you move faster instead of staring at your closet full of clothes while just imagining what to bring. Just like a shopping list, this checklist will help you know you are completely done packing or not!
As a bonus, if you don’t throw out your checklist after packing, you can also use it as your list to know if you still have them at the end of your trip. For safety purposes too, you’ll know if your stuff aren’t missing or lacking.
There are tendencies that you might leave stuff in the hotel room or in the resort you’re staying in, and if you have a checklist, you can just easily go over your things again and check the places you went to so you are sure that you are not going home with less stuff.
PACK LIGHT AND ESSENTIAL
There’s a chance that if you’re in a hurry without a guide, you’ll bring just anything and maybe everything to make sure you’re not forgetting anything. When you’re packing stuff, especially clothes, for your on-the-day trip, think carefully and make use of your list to pack light only!
Determine the days of your trip or of your stay to know the quantity of things to bring. You can also keep some extra clothes just in case you’ll be extending days, but don’t pack too much. If you’re bringing bags which are too heavy and compressed, you might have a hard time carrying and storing them, which can make your trip stressful.
Pack light, but remember to always bring the most important things with you such as enough clothes and hygiene essentials. As much as possible, choose to take those that do not occupy a lot of space. Toothbrushes that can be folded and small tubes of toothpastes are good! Tissues in packs would be more helpful than the tubed and boxed ones.
BUY FROM STORES NEAR YOU
If you need some things which are not available at home, you need to buy them of course, but sometimes, doing so can even waste time. You don’t have to go to far shops anymore. If you really can, just buy from stores near your place.
It saves you time, effort and from the likelihood that you’re impulsively planned trip will be cancelled because you have been annoyed in long lines or have become tired and uninterested already. One’s mood can swing in no time, so you have to be ready-to-go in a short while after planning.
SEARCH FOR NEARBY STORES IN THE DESTINATION
To save time and also space inside your bag, search whether your travel destination has grocery stores around or other specific stores you need.
If you’re staying in a high quality hotel, you’d have no problem with bathroom essentials because they got them for free for their hotel guests. If you’re renting a small inn which is located in or near somewhat remote areas, in case you’re into some nature and more isolated adventures, search online if there are some shops available nearby where you can buy some things you may not bring from home.
If there are, your bags will be lighter and your things will be less pressed-together. You can just properly dispose them too in the area after using; there’s no need to bring them home unlike if you have your own stuff always.
Sudden trips could be the best, but preparations still have to be done very well. Pack your stuff wisely to avoid hassle and problems during your trip. Make your spontaneous travels great memories to pack home.
AUTHOR BIO: Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, a five-star hotel in Parramatta, New South Wales offering a worthwhile stay and a close experience of the historical richness of Australia. Nicole writes about travel, accommodation and everything else related to it. For her, the beauty of this world is astounding and worth-sharing, and traveling is one of the best ways to appreciate it. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.