Travel Packing Made Easy by:Sam Serio
The secrets to successful travel packing elude the majority of people when they are going on vacation. We have all seen the images of people sitting on their suitcases trying to close them but failing miserably because they are way too full, but the amount in those suitcases should often not prevent individuals from being able to close them easily! With a few travel packing secrets, you will find that taking everything you want to when travelling is no chore at all!
The first secret to successful travel packing is making a list and then sticking to that list! It is so easy to go through belongings and debate over whether to take something or not. Individuals usually find themselves taking more than they will actually need just in case. That, in truth, is the worst attitude you could take. The just in case items are very rarely used, so resist the temptation! A list will help you to do that because if it is not on the list then it does not travel!
Always take into account what you will and will not need when making the list in the firs place. What is the climate like in your destination? Does it vary at night? Will you need extras if you plan to go to dinner? Are there certain customs or traditions there that would have an impact on your clothing? All of these things need to be taken into consideration when travel packing so you can pack appropriately.
The travel packing list can also help out in another way, should your luggage ever get lost or stolen. If you have a list, it can also act as an inventory so you will know exactly what you need to claim for and this can save serious arguments with the insurance company!
Before placing everything in your suitcase, go over every item by laying it out on your bed and asking yourself whether you will wear it or not. If the answer is "no" or "I don't know" then leave it at home! Make sure that your travel packing includes all of the necessary toiletries so you will not be panicking when you get there. The only way to pack toiletries is to take the travel sized equivalent of your regular brands. If the company does not do travel sizes then simply buy some of the travel bottles from the local pharmacy or drugstore and fill them with your regular toiletries. This travel packing secret will save you plenty of space! However, do not forget to place all bottles with liquid in them into their own individual Ziploc bag before packing to spare your clothes leaking accidents!
Your travel packing should also include a quick assessment of whether or not you would be prepared to lose the items you are packing or not. If you are taking expensive jewelry then you should be prepared to lose them. Of course, this is a worst-case scenario but this will definitely make you think before you pack items that you may prefer to leave at home!
When it comes to travel packing, you should fold all clothes as flat as you possibly can. All larges items of clothing, such as jeans, should be folded along the bottom of the suitcase, whereas t-shirts can be used to fill the gaps at the side of the case. If you are packing shoes too, then stuff your underwear and the socks into the shoes to save space. This will also prevent your shoes from becoming misshapen and damaged during the journey!
Also, think logically when travel packing and place things that you are most likely to wear first when you reach our destination at the top of the case, with the other items towards the bottom!
There is nothing to travel packing successfully when you get used to the concept, but it is all about taking the time to learn the art! Once you have employed these secrets of travel packing once, it will become second nature to you, thus you can concentrate on looking forward to your vacation rather than stressing about what to take!
About the author
Sam Serio is a marketing consultant, a special events promoter and an advocate for Chincoteague Island, Virginia tourism. Chincoteague Island is the premier family vacation destination on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the home of the world famous Chincoteague wild ponies. To learn about this amazing eco-tourism paradise, please visit http://www.chincoteagueislandvacations.com and http://www.chincoteagueoutlook.com . Discover Chincoteague Island through entertaining videos, blogs, informative articles and interviews with local personalities.