A Lot to Pack in this Summer

Traveling is what makes my world go round. But packing is the bane of my existence. Sometimes you have to give a little to get a lifetime back. There’s absolutely no way to make packing ‘fun’, but there are ways to take away some of the frustrations.

So if you’re planning a summer trip to a faraway land, the big city or a town three streets over, I have the perfect tips for you. I’m the self-proclaimed master of packing. I mean, I did fit two weeks’ worth of winter essentials (that’s three pairs of boots and two winter coats) into on carry-on. I’m now going to share my tips and tricks to pack just about anything.

  • First things first, roll your clothes! Don’t fold them! It’s especially important if you’re only packing a backpack. Folded clothes take up more room and you won’t be able to fit all of your necessities. (This is by far the best packing advice I’ve ever received.)
  • Whatever you pack, make sure it fits in a carry-on bag. If you’re taking a checked bag, chances are you’re going to pack more than you need. So keep it simple, get a carry-on and only pack what you need.
  • Plan what you’re going to wear and mix and match outfits.  Pack three tops (or two if you’re a clean freak) for every pair of pants. It’s a general rule that pants and other bottoms take up more room than anything else, and no one is going to notice if you wear the same pants more than once.
  • Put shoes in a shower cap! Wrapping shoes in plastic helps prevent dirt and grime from getting on your clothes. Use plastic grocery bags if you’re short on shower caps. Pro tip: Put socks and other unmentionables inside your shoes to save more room.

Other Travel Hacks

  1. Use pill containers to separate necklaces and other jewelry to keep them from getting tangled or breaking.
  2. Use plastic wrap around shampoo, conditioner, and soap bottles to help prevent spills.
  3. Put cotton balls in powdered makeup to prevent breaking.
  4. Use a pot holder to pack flat irons and other hair tools safely.

These tips make it super simple and help you keep everything organized. The last thing you want to be worried about when you travel across the country is whether or not you remembered everything. You will if you keep all of this in mind. Happy travels!

Hillary Terhune