4 Ways to Pack for a Trip in Record Time
Packing – it’s one of those pre-trip chores that can be a pain in the rear. What if you forget something vital – or include something you’re not allowed to take? And is it really worth the time it can take? Here are some tips on reducing this chore to manageable proportions.
1. Make a List
One of the best ways to streamline your packing is to make a packing list. My personal approach is to have one master list with all the items I could ever need, complete with checkboxes next to them. When it’s time for a trip, I print it out, cross off the things I don’t need and methodically collect the rest and put them in the case. You could also have different lists depending on the season, or on whether it’s a business or leisure trip. Whatever your approach, a list will cut out the need to wonder whether you have forgotten something. If you don’t have a list, these packing list tools will help.
2. Eliminate the Unnecessary
How many times have you taken stuff on a trip and never used it? Have another look at that list you just prepared – do you really need everything on it? If there’s anything you always take but never use, leave it at home. If you’re only making a short trip, then take a minimalist approach. The less you pack, the less time you spend on preparations and the less you have to carry.
3. Keep the Basics Packed
If you travel regularly, an even better approach is to keep the basics you need packed. If it’s a business trip, then you already know what you’re going to be doing. A couple of suits in a hanging case, complete with the other necessities, and a small case of travel essentials – and you’re good to go. Prepare all of this after each trip and you can just add your personal items, grab the case and go.
4. Leave Stuff Behind
Some people take regular trips to the same place – like heading home to visit the parents every Thanksgiving. If you do this, then cut out packing altogether by leaving some clothes and personal items at your destination. Your parents won’t mind and it means you can travel with a laptop and a toothbrush – how’s that for traveling light!