Bags say a lot about travelers. The type and size of a travel bag speaks volumes. But only when the luggage is unzipped, we can see how travel-savvy it really is. Here are a few universal guidelines to pack your bag easily and effectively to save you from potential baggage hazards during your trip.
Choosing the Right Bag
Packing starts with the right bag. And it’s time to take the advantage of modern luggage designs, which come with conveniently divided sections, 360o wheels, compression straps, and even digital tracking tags. Carry-ons are great if you want to reduce or skip any applicable baggage fees while traveling by air. But, as airlines are tightening enforcement due to the present pandemic situation, you must comply with the current carry-on rules of your airline.
The 1-2-3-4-5-6 Packing Rule
Here is one of the best and simplest travel packing tips. Follow these basic numbers while packing for a week-long trip.
1 hat or cap
2 pairs of shoes
3 pairs of pants, skirts, or bottom wears of your choice
4 shirts, tops, or upper-wears of your choice
5 pairs of socks
6 sets of undergarments
This list can be modified according to your personal preference, need, and the nature of your trip. For example, a business trip will require a completely different wardrobe than a cruising trip. Or maybe you prefer to change your day clothes every evening. But if you are not sure and confused about the amount of clothing to pack, this thumb rule list is a good place to start.
Replacing the Material With Digital
Papers can be bulky, but bytes are not! Consider downloading travel guides, maps, translation apps, and reading materials for your trip on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or any other digital device instead of carrying them with you physically. But remember, your travel documents are the only exception here! It’s a good idea to store digital copies of your itinerary, ID proof, passport, and, a new addition, vaccination certificates. However, packing a few printed versions is a good idea, as well.
Going for a Test Drive
Don’t get confused! We’re talking about taking your fully packed travel bag for a test drive. Trust us, it’s highly helpful. Carry the suitcase by the handle for a while. Strap the backpack on your back and walk the streets for some time. Try lugging the bag up and down the stairs. These exercises will give you a reality check of the load you are about to carry along in your trip. You can then make necessary adjustments, accordingly!