How to Pack for a Trip

How exciting, you’re going on a trip!! There are so many fun things to look forward to until you think of what you have to pack, and that can be stressful. You never know what kind of weather could come about or if you’ll end up doing an unexpected activity. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up needing that striped tank top you used to love, you know, the one that has been tucked in the back of our closet for months now that you never wear. Packing for vacations gets tricky and puts you in a separation anxiety mindset with those articles of clothing that you wish you wore but never do. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

Here are some tips on packing for a trip so you don’t end up needing that suitcase that is able to fit your whole wardrobe plus the kitchen sink.

1. Roll your clothes. If you’re a frequent flyer or find yourself packing your things up on a regular basis, maybe you have discovered this trick. At first I was skeptical that rolling my clothes doesn’t save any more room compared to just folding, but it does! Fold your article of clothing in half and then roll it up like you would a sleeping bag. This works nicely for those times where you do need to pack a lot because you can tetris more clothing items in your bag compared to the rectangle shape of your traditionally folded clothes. To save even more space, you can tuck things into your shoes! Maybe just socks or swimwear on this one though, you still want your clothes smelling fresh by the time you reach your destination.

Putting folded clothes into the suitcase limited the amount of items you could pack. After rolling the same four initial pieces, there was room to fit more than twice as much as before! These articles included t-shirts, long sleeves, and 3/4 sleeve tops.