It’s always difficult to pack for a trip. But it can be even more challenging if you have to take along a lot of clothes. Although it’s tempting to pack everything you own (because you may just need the shirt you’ve been wearing for three months), there is only so much room in your suitcase. You will also need to keep track of how much you bring. What should a traveler do? To get the tips of experts on organizing and cutting clutter, we spoke to travel professionals.
For true nomads, you can essentially outsource packing with travel concierge service apps like DUFL. Kashlee Kuchean who is full-time traveler, says that they took photos of my gear and uploaded them to an app on my iPhone. DUFL stores your items, packs and ships the goods, as well as cleaning. The app is easy to use. I simply tap on the items that interest me and they arrive in my hotel room a few days later. It’s my favorite travel hack!” Once your trip is over, just a few taps in the app will schedule your items for pickup by DUFL.
Graphic subhead – travel organizer – Assume You’ll Shop
If you know you will be buying more clothes at your destination, it is easier to pack light. “I don’t mind wearing a pair of shoes that I haven’t worn before, because I can find better quality shoes on the road. Andy Abramson is the CEO of Communicant. He has traveled an average of 200 days per year since 2005. You can buy more from where you are and fit in better than you did when you left.
Graphic subhead – travel organizer – Ship Heavier Items
Abramson also cuts down on luggage overload by shipping heavy or bulky items to and from his destination using Luggage Forward. This allows me to take my tech gear with me and not need to carry it around. We’re back on the subject of bulky items. Reduce the number of pairs of shoes that you bring with you on your trip to just two. Then, take the one that takes up the most luggage space. To maximize your packing space, you can fill the shoes with socks and other accessories to make sure there is no wasted space.
Graphic subhead – travel organizer – Pack By Outfit, Not Item
Don’t try to plan for every weather and event. Instead, create outfits that are appropriate for the most basic activities you will be doing during your trip. You might need to plan an outfit for a dinner out, or a meeting at work. You’ll discover that some outfits can be reused or used in a variety of situations. You won’t ever again pack three identical black pants.
Graphic subhead – travel organizer – Divide You Items By Half
If you travel is more event-based (e.g., working from a remote office for a few months), lay all your clothes on a table, bed or floor. You can pair like items together, then you can remove half of the options from each category. Are you still having difficulty? You can choose two colors that you want to concentrate on and then remove anything that doesn’t match that scheme. If you have few options, don’t panic. Trevor Davis, an ex-investment banker and travel blogger who used to log more than 200,000 miles per year, says that the biggest obstacle to packing lighter is a reluctance to do laundry on the road. When planning a long trip, consider where you can wash clothes.
Graphic subhead – travel organizer – Keep An Inventory
Once you have streamlined your wardrobe, you can create an inventory to ensure that you don’t forget anything on your trip. If you are visual-oriented, take photos of every item that you have packed. You can group like items together to make it easier. Save the folder to your phone. You may be more productive if you have a list. Make a list of all the things you have packed, and then print multiple copies. Each copy should be dated with the date you will be checking in and out of the hotel. Check off each item on the list as you unpack. Check off each item when you are packing again. This is especially useful for organizing your basic road trip, when you may have multiple bags.
Graphic subhead – travel organizer – Use Packing Cubes
Ernest Shahbaz Ian is the founder and owner of YouTube’s travel channel Trip Astute. He doesn’t travel without a travel organizer. He says that packing cubes can be used to organize your clothing and compress the contents. These can be further optimized by labeling each one with the particular outfit or clothing item inside.