The Only Packing Hacks You’ll Ever Need

Everyone loves traveling, but not everyone enjoys long airplane trips or generally lengthy travel times that involve being confined in a small space for hours and hours. While this is normal and necessary, it can get really uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are ways you can get around this to make the wait more bearable. The first thing to remember for any kind of trip is learning how and what to bring. There are a lot of things to consider when you pack, no matter if it’s just for a weekend getaway, a monthlong trek in the wilderness, or a whole world tour. Packing can make or break your trip, so here are some simple packing hacks you should remember for your next adventure.


Simple Packing Hacks


Make a Checklist


If you’re a frequent traveler, you should know that carrying a lot of unnecessary items can be a burden not just on your back but on your wallet. If you take only the things that you need, there’s a lesser chance of going over the baggage limit, so you won’t have to pay to check in your luggage or add more money if it’s a few kilos too heavy.

If you have a carry-on, it’s also lighter to lug your luggage around. The smart thing to do would be to create a checklist of your own to find out which essentials are a must-have to take in every trip.

You can opt to use your phone for making the list. It is especially useful if you have a last-minute trip somewhere and you need to pack right away. The checklist will be a useful reference for travels in the future.


Pack a Separate In-flight Kit


If you have a long airplane flight ahead and you know you need to freshen up, you need to pack a separate in-flight kit you can take out easily and anytime you need it. Unless, of course, if you’re flying on a plane where they hand small pouches that have mini toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other freshening-up necessities. Find a small pouch or bag that is sturdy enough to hold everything you need.

If you have rolling luggage, it’s best to have a separate carry-on bag so you can stash your kit in it and you don’t have to stand up and get it from the overhead cabin. If you’re looking for some suggestions, consider investing in a small leather duffle bag. It is versatile to be used as a weekender bag or as an extra carry-on bag when you need to bring a lot of stuff on an extended trip. And if you are traveling on a budget flight or no-frills airline, check to see what is included with your fare.


Noise-Canceling Headphones


Traveling with a bunch of people you don’t know can be a bit stressful and uncomfortable. If you are one of those people who is easily distracted by all kinds of noise, drown those out by putting on a good pair of noise-canceling headphones.

Remember to consider comfort when choosing a pair, because you may need to be wearing it for several hours at a time. Make sure also to bring an extra battery charger to charge up your devices if you’re using a tablet, a smartphone, or a gaming console. This is one of our simple packing hacks that everyone loves!


Use Packing Cubes


If you like packing and unpacking in a breeze, using packing cubes is the way to go. Packing cubes are great for saving space whether you have a carry-on luggage or not. It is also a good way to stay organized because sometimes you don’t have a lot of room to work with and fumbling about looking for something in your suitcase or luggage will not only be messy but time-consuming as well.

With packing cubes, you can just detach them from where you put them, and you’ll immediately find what you’re looking for. It also helps if they’re color-coded. You don’t even have to buy packing organizers if you don’t have to because you can use simple ziplock bags, compression bags, or whatever is on hand.


Dress Down


If you know you’re in for a long travel or flight, it is a good idea to dress down to be as comfortable as possible. If you’re going to a place where you’re not sure how cold or how hot it is, layer your clothes so you can easily take them off or add them when you arrive at your destination. Furthermore, being comfortably dressed means you can cram yourself better in tiny seats or you won’t have any problem brisk-walking in case you need to catch your flight.


Pack Healthy Snacks


Sometimes, airplane food doesn’t suit everyone’s taste. They can be bland, too salty, or sometimes downright unhealthy. If you’re one of those people who dislike airplane food, you can prevent some serious case of munchies if you pack yourself some healthy snacks that you can munch on when you feel hungry. Try to go for foods that don’t spill and are easy to prepare. Some good suggestions are carrot sticks, crackers, protein bars, and pretzels.


Before You Go


Traveling far away can be exhausting, and you can expect to sit still for long periods. Take some time to jog the night before or squeeze in a yoga session on the day of the flight. The extra release of endorphins from exercising will prepare you for the long flight or travel ahead and you’ll be less stressed.


What are your simple packing hacks and travel hacks when you need to go somewhere far away? Share them in the comments below!

About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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