Packing for a trip whether big or small is always a struggle. I have come up with some solid tips that I think could help any first time travelers figure out the ropes of packing.
Make a packing list
Making a packing list is a must. No matter how good of a memory you think you have, nobody is perfect and you will probably forget something. To prevent this, make a list and check it off as you pack each item.
Rolling your clothes will really help with saving space and allowing you to bring all those killer outfits for your perfect pictures.
Put your dirty shoes in a shower cap
No one likes smelly and dirty shoes all over their clean clothes, so put them in a shower cap to save on the clean-up mess once you get to your destination.
Use dryer sheets in your luggage
This is a tip I got from a good friend of mine and use often now. It’s so refreshing to open your luggage and have it smell fresh and clean.
Store liquid cosmetics in a contact case
This will help save you room by not having to take the whole container of eye remover or concealer with you.
Even if you don’t plan on buying a lot of things on your trip, you will usually end up buying one or two things, so it is important to have enough room just in case. Plus, if you are traveling in a group it is nice to have extra room in case someone else wants to bring more home and they are out of their own room.
Bring a small bag
A small bag like Nike bag or mini backpack is always nice to have, especially if you plan on going hiking or for long walks around a city. This way you don’t have to try and hold everything in your hands and drop it.
Never check essential items
It is important to keep your valuable items in your carry-on not your check back. Some valuable items to keep in carry-on should include your passport, visa, identification, money, credit cards and jewelry.
Make your luggage stand out
When retrieving your luggage, there may be many similar suitcases. Spruce up your luggage with ribbons or stickers and label with luggage tags, so it will be easier to find on the luggage belt.
Know your limits and weigh beforehand
Lastly, it is important to know the weight limits of your airline and weigh it before you go to the airport. This will save you both time and money as you don’t want to be digging through your luggage at the airport trying to figure out what you can go without or paying those hefty overweight fees.
I hope these tips helped because I sure wish I had something to go off of when I first started packing for my first big trip to Europe for summer.