33 Travel Tips That Will Change the Way You Used to Pack
Posted on 10 Feb 17:07

RolRGoing overseas? We have some packing tips for you! If you have to sit on your suitcase to zip it, well, you should know you’re doing it wrong! More than one third of holidaymakers admit being disorganized packers, with women finding it harder to pack than men – no wonder, as almost a third of women pack for their husbands, too. JanSport Egypt has brought you some travel and packing tips if you’re heading overseas with some lifehacks eligible for the domestic trips too.

While planning:

1. If you’re hitting the sky, note the number of bags you can check in. In most cases it is one piece per person, with a weight limit from 23 to 30kg, unless you’re going extravagant and not taking the small economy seat. Some airlines do charge for your checked luggage, so you don’t want to spoil your budget for your bags.

2. Save some precious cash by taking an extra light backpack as a personal item, no larger than 56cmx45cmx25cm. Choose the right suitcase for you.

3. If you suspect your baggage might tip over the limit on your return, weigh it before you get to the airport with a hand-held digital scale.

4. Get an insurance to cover your stay, you don’t want a visit to the GP to cost you’re an arm and a leg.

Stay safe:

5. Never put anything you would hate to lose in your checked luggage, keep it in your hand luggage

6. A suitcase could get easily detached from its label. Always put another one, with details of your flight and destination inside it.

7. If you are travelling with your family or friends, split belongings between checked luggage so if one suitcase is lost, each of you will still have a change of clothes.

8. Always lock your checked bags: an unlocked suitcase could invalidate your insurance; unless you’re going to the States, where you must use cases fitted with TSA-approved locks (those that the Transportation Security Administration has the tools to open)

During packing:

9. First, gather all the items you want to pack in one place. Pick two to three colors to plan your outfits around so you can mix and match easily while on the road.

10. Folding every outfit individually as you would in a dresser will make them crease when compressed.

11. Whichever method you use, the key is not to over-pack: mashed clothes will crease and the same is true for apparel that are too loosely packed.

12. Backpackers swear by this method: rolling your clothes! This works well with pants, skirts and sports shirts. If the outfit got sleeves, first fold each sleeve backward. Fold in half lengthwise so that the back pockets face outward. Roll tightly from the cuffs to the waistband. Squeeze as much air out of it as possible as you go.

13. Fold clothes together: take two or more of your clothes, and lay half of one pair on top of the other. Fold the one on the bottom over the pair on the top. Then take the other and fold it on the top to give each pair some cushion so it's less likely to wrinkle in the folds.

14. Thick tissue paper works well for delicate items. Lay the item face down and place tissue paper on top. Fold it up with the tissue paper inside. This is a perfect approach for evening clothes that you don't want to find it crushed while unpacking. And for heavy items, such as shoes, place them just above the suitcase wheels.

15. Your shoes are efficient packing cubes: slip in your socks, underwear, chargers for electronics, and even a travel alarm clock to save space and keep them safe.

16. Use a rubber band to bundle each cord (mobile or laptop charger, headphones…) into a tidy, transportable package.

17. Choose a good-looking jewelry pouch that you can use as a purse to save space when you’re ready to go.

18. Store small belongings (hairpins, small accessories…) in sunglasses case.

19. Spread books and documents throughout the bag instead of stacking them on top of each other.

20. Here is a simple formula: pack three tops for every bottom. As a rule, pants and skirts take up more room than shirts, and when you wear them multiple times, no one is the wiser. Choose those you feel most confident in so that you’ll be less inclined to bring alternatives.

21. Stick to a color scheme. “Start with two neutrals for your core basics and add two to three fun shades that coordinate,” A dark palette hides stains and easily sails from day to night

22. Plan your wardrobe around the same shoe color. Generally, three pairs—sneakers, flats or sandals, and heels or wedges, are quite enough.

23. Any blade can be covered with a paper clip for your safety.

24. Use old contact cases to store liquid makeup instead of taking your whole make up bag! (I know you don’t want this piece of advice, you’d rather leave your passport than your make up bag.)

25. Place a cotton ball or pad in your powdered makeup, to avoid finding them broken, and secure them with rubber bands. 

At the airport:

26. Not an early bird? Try to be one, in case you check in late, even if you make it on to the flight, your luggage might not. Also, consider checking in online, to avoid long queues at the airport.

27. All liquids (including gels, creams and pastes) in your hand luggage must still be in containers of no more than 100ml and placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag no larger than 20cmx20cm. Other airports’ restrictions might apply as well so make sure you check the airport’s regulations you’ll be going through. 

28. A wrapped gift is not a cool idea: if your case is opened for inspection, wrapping may have to be removed. Consider taking the wrapping paper with you.

29. Overpacking will give you a hard time: if selected for a random inspection, screeners will have a difficult time closing an overpacked luggage, which will only lead to wrinkles and the potential for lost articles.

30. Place any packed belongings you don't feel comfortable with strangers handling in clear plastic bags, this could be the case for your personal hygiene belongings or in case you are an OCD material. 

Upon you arrival:

31. You can reduce creases at your destination by hanging items in a steamy bathroom, but please make sure not to choke. Once clothing is slightly damp, give it a couple of sharp shakes and pull into shape.

32. Another option is to use your hotel’s laundry service. Be careful not to send anything delicate or liable to shrink to a cheap laundry, you might regret that. 

33. In case you don’t find your bag, we will be telling you soon what you have to do!

 

Have a safe trip!