Every time you have to pack your bag or suitcase for another holiday it’s a mystery how you did it last time. A weekend away is also very different from an 8-day trip. What is handy and what not? We have a number of golden tips for this. After all, traveling is what we do.
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- Keep an eye on the weather in the days before you leave. Cold weather: Pack different layers, wearing many layers on top of each other will keep you warm. A good coat is very important. Think of a jacket with a separate fleece vest inside. And you can also wear them separately. We personally prefer jackets from The North Face because they keep you warm and are water resistant. Warm weather: Only bring 1 set of warm clothing with you for on the plane, wear it on the way there and back. You really do not need to bring more! Use airy pants or sports shorts. These feel good, take up little space and can always be combined well. For men it’s of course much easier, they buy 2 swimming shorts and they are on their way. Know that in these kinds of warm countries there are often enough stores with airy and suitable clothing.
- Choose sets of clothing in advance and place them together. Too much? Then you need to make some choices. Out of the 5 sets, you can bring 3. This is especially difficult for most women. Especially because 1 shirt seems to easily be able to fit in, but all those “ah just one more” decisions do take up some weight together. What we often do ourselves is to bring old clothes. Is it very dirty or is it broken? Then you can throw it away without regret and buy nice new clothes at your destination.
- Have you finished choosing all your sets of clothing? Roll them up together. When you roll everything up, it fits much better in your suitcase or bag. You can also put all your clothes in packing cubes. This saves a lot of space, and you can, for example, pack each set separately. What works well for us is to stuff your shoes with socks and other small items. We are of course talking about the shoes that you pack 😉
- Small packages. Think of toothpaste, deodorant but also a small bottle of detergent. You never know what happens to your clothing during a trip. Since you are not taking too many clothes with you, it is useful if you can do a small hand wash. Shampoo and shower gel are generally available in the hotel or AirBnB so you can leave them at home. Buy a box of zip lock bags in advance to use for all of your liquids. That way you can easily take it out of your bag when you are at security check.
- Only take the much needed. Because to be honest, do you really need 10 pairs of shoes for one weekend? Lay all the things you are not sure about down together. This helps you in your decision what to leave at home. As mentioned earlier, if you really did not bring enough you can always buy clothes at your holiday destination. So what should you not forget to bring? A small backpack or handbag. Super handy for example a city trip. Do you not you feel comfortable with all those zippers on your bag? Nowadays, there are also anti-theft backpacks with zippered compartments on your back.
- Bring a hammam towel with you instead of a big thick beach towel. Hammam towels are easy to carry with you, weigh nothing and dry very quickly. This way you always have a towel with you without taking up too much space! You have large and small variants so it is always good to bring along, even in your small backpack or handbag.
- With most airlines you can bring a suitcase + backpack / handbag. It is sensible to put everything you need while traveling in your backpack / handbag and all the things that you don’t need until you are at your destination in your suitcase. Small gadgets / cables can be put together in a little bag. Finally, always take an empty plastic bag with you. So you can keep your dirty laundry separated from your clean clothes.
Hopefully these tips are useful to you and packing will become a lot efficient for a weekend away. Do you have a super useful tip yourself? Share it in the comments below. We are very curious.
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