Smart packing is important. We are sure there has been cases where you forget an essential item and you’re left disappointed, struggling to find the nearest store in your destination. If you pack too much, however, you’d probably end up disorganized, burdened with heavy bags, and burning a hole in your pocket just to pay for expensive airline luggage fees. Hence, it is best to look at some of the most basic yet useful packing rules. Without further ado, here are 6 fundamental luggage packing tips every traveler should follow.

1. Roll, Don’t Fold

 

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Rolling your clothes is one of the best-known luggage packing tips. Many travel experts, including backpackers, agree that rolling is superior to folding. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space, reduce wrinkling and make it easier to find clothes in your luggage. Seriously, if you’re not already rolling your clothes, do it now for obvious reasons!

 

2. Make A Packing List

 

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It’s silly how people often dismiss this step when it is so crucial. It’s all too easy to forget things we need during our trip and this is the very reason why we need something to keep ourselves organized!

 

Making a packing list is a guaranteed way to make sure you never forget to bring something important, especially the trivial stuff. Moreover, you should also start your packing days or even weeks before your flight date. This gives you time to create a comprehensive packing list, and purchase any extra items you might need for your vacation.

 

3. Know Your Airline’s Baggage-Fee Policy

 

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Figuring out the airlines’ tricky and confusing baggage-fee policy is vital for any budget-conscious packing strategy. So before you start packing, browse through the airline’s website and read its baggage policy. This is something you might even want to do before you purchase your flight ticket, especially if you decide to bring a checked bag or two.

 

We know the inconsistency among airlines’s baggage-fee policy is pretty annoying. Therefore, you should know what you’re working with right from the start to avoid surprise at the airport. For instance, a quick Google search before you pack can help save you loads of stress and potential overweight fees.

 

4. Always Pack Your Absolute Essentials 

 

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Pack Realistically. We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep only essential stuffs in your luggage. You should always be honest with yourself about what you’re likely to be doing and wearing on your trip. If you’re packing something purely for a what-if scenario, you should remove it from your luggage. It is simply too easy to overpack than to underpack, which is why doing this will help you to cut down to the exact essentials you’ll actually need during your travel.

 

5. Use Packing Cubes

 

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Packing cubes are all-time favorite packing aids you should consider using for your vacation. Not only they help you stay organized, but also save a lot of space in your luggage. Use them to shrivel your clothes into a vacuum-packed, tiny, tight bundle that takes up minimal luggage space. This also helps separate your items and find things more quickly once you reach your destination. They are certainly #1 travel game changers, and if you buy a good quality set, they’ll last a super long time.

 

6. Bring Some Extra Bags

 

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Always bring extra bags. You never know when you’ll need them, especially for things like dirty clothes, which are always an afterthought. They weigh nothing and come in so handy, so don’t forget a few! Not to mention that you will inevitably buy something during your trip. The worst feeling is falling in love with an item abroad and having zero space in your luggage to bring it home. An extra bag will come into action to save you from heartbreaking moments!

 

In a nutshell, we hope this blog has got you covered with some helpful ideas on how to pack smart for your next vacation or business trip. Do we happen to miss out any must-have luggage packing tips? Let us know in the comment section below!