Going travelling? Here’s advice on efficient packing

Going travelling? Here’s advice on efficient packing

When you’re packing a small bag for a long trip, it can feel like the hardest level on Tetris! You want to make sure you have everything you’ll need, but without over-packing and ending up having to pay, either in extra charges from the airline or in back pain!

We’ve given you a sneak peek into our packing lists before, but here are some of our top tips on packing your own things efficiently.

Pre-plan

It’s so easy to pack too much, too little, or in some cases, just things you’ll never end up wearing. Make sure you check the weather forecast so you know what sort of things you should be packing, and also consider your itinerary.

If you’re planning lots of hikes, make sure you have the correct equipment, but if you’re also planning a fancy dinner or two, you’ll need dressier clothes as well. Make a list and tick off as you go so you can be sure you’ve got everything you need.

Going travelling? Here's advice on efficient packing

Go mini

Travel-sized versions of your toiletries will save a lot of space in your suitcase and will ensure you can take them in hand luggage. For those that can’t be bought in those sizes, you can invest in some reusable travel bottles and decant your larger bottles into them. Make sure you put them in zip-top bags to avoid the devastating shampoo explosion! You should also be able to buy things such as a mini hair dryer or flat iron if you need to take those along with you.

Double up

If space is tight you don’t want to be packing one full outfit (or more!) per day. Think about things that can be re-worn and styled differently. For example, you could layer things for a different look, or dress something up or down depending on the shoes and accessories. This is even better if you have washing facilities where you’re staying as you can make a few items last a lot longer.  

Going travelling? Here's advice on efficient packing

Cover your gadgets!

Good travel insurance will cover your gadgets, so if you’re planning on taking your tablets, cameras or laptops with you, it’s a good idea to look into what cover you can get. A trip will cost you a whole lot more if you end up losing your expensive bits of technology on the first day!

It’s best to limit the number of gadgets you take with you; consider what tech can be utilised in different ways, such as using your phone as a camera. Make sure you wrap up anything fragile in your clothes when packing, too.

Roll, don’t fold!

It has been proven that you can fit more in your case or bag if you go for a tightly rolled method, rather than folding your clothes. The other benefit to this is that your clothes won’t get those deep fold lines that often come from sitting in a case for a while.

So these are just some of our top tips on how to pack efficiently! Whether you are backpacking around the world or just going on a business trip, you can apply these and make the most of your space. We’ve certainly found that it’s a skill we get better at each time we do it! If you’ve got any tips for packing, please leave them in the comments.

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Our junk

Top 5 Things We’re Glad We Brought

  1. Chacos…the best, most comfortable, most durable sandals in the world
  2. Travel towel…it’s basically a Shamwow!  It’s tiny and it dries so fast!
  3. A tent…camping has saved us money on accommodation so many times!
  4. Sleeping bags…although bulky, they don’t weight much and we need them when camping.  It’s cold at altitude!
  5. A Nook…1000 books in one tiny device…such an amazing space-saver and endless entertainment!

Top 5 Things We Wish We Brought

  1. A telephoto lens…we have wished we had one SOOOO many times when trying to shoot wildlife or other closeups that my 18-55mm just can’t cut it for.
  2. A watch…it’s annoying to have to turn on some electronic every time we want to know what time it is.  Also, the best alarm we have is on an iPod and that still doesn’t wake us up all the time.
  3. Better headlamps…one is totally dead, the other is hanging onto life by a thread of duct tape
  4. Well, we can’t think of anything else so I guess we didn´t pack too horribly!
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The Backpacker Packing List

Woah!  We packed!  Ya know why?  ‘Cause our flight leaves this Thursday!!!  Oh my goodness; so excited!!!  Packing is always a challenge for me.  Thankfully, Zach is really good at it.  It also helps when you have tons of video and camping equipment and have to fit everything in two backpacks.  The solution this problem is basically to bring no clothes.  Following is our official backpacker packing list, if you’re interested.

Carrie’s Backpack
daypack
water bladder
umbrella
sleeping pad
water bottle
dSLR in case with accessories
camcorder in case with accessories
lavalier microphone
tripod
laptop
2 external hard drives
iPod
iPhone
Nook
chargers and cords for every electronic device
journal and pens
Spanish flashcards
Chacos
rain jacket
3 pairs of socks
3 bras
6 pairs of underwear
swimsuit
1 pair of shorts
1 pair of pants
1 pair of gauchos
1 skirt
1 dress
7 shirts
2 hats
toiletries/cosmetics Pack
sleeping bag strapped to outside
 
Zach’s Backpack
daypack
water bladder
umbrella
tent
2 headlamps
empty sandbags
camp stove
cooking pot
bowl and utensil set
water bottle
mini towel
waterproof camera
external hard drive
AAA batteries
iPod
journal and pens
Books: Spanish dictionary, Spanish textbook, South America on a Shoestring
Chacos
swimsuit
1 pair of zip-off pants
3 shirts
1 hoodie
1 rain jacket
2 pairs of underwear
3 pairs of socks
medicine kit
sleeping bag strapped to outside
sleeping pad strapped to outside
 

Insane backpacker packing list right???  I can’t believe everything fit in there!  Well, we are now equipped to live out of 2 backpacks for the next while…and to get really buff while doing it because these things are HEAVY!!!!

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In Arizona Planning…

by Zach

So, planning a big adventure like this takes a lot of work. Especially when you have to pack everything you think you will need into what you can carry on your back. And as if that’s not enough, we really have no idea what is awaiting us when we touch down in Medellin. As of now I have a stack of things in the corner of my bedroom that will fill about half of my bag. Here is a list of almost all that will fit in my bag:
1 t-shirt
1 sweater
2 pairs of underwear
2 pars of socks
1 pair of pants
Chacos
Camping towel
Sleeping bag
Water bottle
Stocking hat
Machete
Nook full of books
Camera
IPOD
Journal
Pen
Travel documents
Hygiene products
This will fill up most of my bag. There will also be the video equipment and tent which we will distribute between the three of us. And I will have stuff in my pockets. I hope to have an exact list of every item we will bring made up soon. As of now it’s late and my 7 am LAP (La Aventura Project) funding project (i.e. my lame-ass job) awaits me so stay tuned for more updates, and word on when the trailer will be posted!

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