Hi Frugalistas! Some of my fellow travel bloggers have joined me to share their favorite packing tips. Their traveling styles vary, their travel destinations vary, and some of them are self-described “hopeless” packers. What they share though is a great willingness to share (thanks everyone!) and also to learn from each other. If you want to check out what they’re writing about on their own blogs, I’ve included their Twitter handles where they have them, and also blog links.
The ever-sensible Anne (@Pretraveller) at Pretraveller is a great travel planner so it comes as no surprise what her must-pack item is:
We never leave home without travel information. Our travelling time is quite constrained as a result of our busy lives with three young children. As a result when we plan to go out to do some exploring we like to feel prepared and with a plan for what we are going to do. It also means that we can discuss our plan with our children and get their input to our day. We still leave ourselves open to ad hoc discoveries, but doing some research in advance really pays dividends.
The Guy (@TheGuyWhoFlies) whose blog Flights & Frustrations chronicles his business travels round the world says he is a terrible packer…..
I would recommend just packing light. Maybe bring less than you think you need ‘cos I always end up with too much!
Fashionista and self-confessed holiday addict Clare (@HolidayAddict23 and Need Another Holiday) loves her heels as much as the next girl but doesn’t take them travelling:
Unless your trip is the result of a wedding invitation, just ditch the heels. For city breaks, if you must take a pair of shoes other than those on your feet while you travel, make them ballet flats. They save space and can be easily dressed up.
Obsessive packer and one bag traveller Vanessa (@Turnipseeds) at Turnipseed Travel loves nothing better than spending a Friday night rearranging her 3-1-1 kit (her claim, not mine!), but her packing skills go far beyond that……
Size matters: Know your airline’s weight and size restrictions and research a bag that fits those parameters. A lot of “ultra-light” rolling suitcases weigh between 7 and 10 lbs. A lot of “carry-on” bags are either actually undersized or, while technically the correct volume, they are actually outside the accepted dimensions (I’m thinking of small hiking backpacks that are tall and narrow). I personally use an Osprey Porter 46 backpack that weights 1.2kg and is designed to fit carry on dimensions exactly.
A number of my colleagues wax lyrical about the benefits of packing cubes (which personally I’ve never tried, but I’m now sorely tempted!):
Sofie from Wonderful Wanderings (@wondwand): Use packing cubes to keep stuff tightly together. They also work great for dirty laundry on the way back.
Diane at Wife with Baggage (@wifewithbaggage): We use packing cubes by Eagle Creek. They help increase the amount you are able to pack, without significantly increasing the amount of space you need. Plus, it is a great way to keep your clothes organized; they’re like drawers in a dresser!
Lindsey from Chasing the Wild and @lindseyhodder: I third the packing cubes option. I have a top loading backpack and they make life SO much easier.
Phoebe Mroczek (@shortroad2happy) from Short Road to Happy is a girl after my own heart…..
The best packing tip I have is to remove half of what you think you need. Everything else you can buy.
Raphael Alexander Zoren of Journey Wonders has got budget airline packing down to a fine art!
One of my best tips for traveling in Europe’s low-cost airlines is to become your own suitcase. Yes, I have often worn three shirts on top of each other and tied an extra pair of trousers around my waist in order to avoid paying luggage fees. That way, I can easily fit everything I need in my hand-luggage.
My blogger friends have been particularly generous and given me loads more tips to share. Join me in a future post, when I’ll share more of their favorite packing tips.
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