I was recently looking through a bunch of old writings and I came across these Top 5 Tips for Travel I wrote for another company (and or blog), to which it dawned on me… I didn’t even post this on my blog?! So here it is, my thoughts and top 5 tips for travel.
1. Pack with a Purpose
It’s about time we start looking for a new way to pack, a method more conducive to travel. Try folding your clothes and placing them into the suitcase vertically, as if you were filing them in a cabinet. You should be able to see every article of clothing from the moment you open your bag. If it helps, view packing as a game of Tetris, ordering ordering your clothes in the most logical and efficient manner. I even fold my clothes so that the most distinguishable part is visible and facing upwards, like the the back pocket stitching of my jeans or the middle crest of my shirts. What advantage do you have by being able to see everything in your bag all at once? Well, the way I see it, the less time you spend searching, sorting and sifting through your clothes, the more time you’ll have exploring the sights. Efficiency* is the key.
*Rolling is not efficient. I don’t roll for the same reason bricks aren’t round… they don’t stack well. FYI, rolling also creates more wrinkles.
2. Heavy to light
Make sure you place your heavier items like jeans, toiletries, shoes, etc. are on the side of the bag where the wheels are, this way they don’t put extra weight on your other items while in the upright position. Packing with this in mind helps to prevent unnecessary wrinkles, and needless to say, less wrinkling = less ironing, meaning (that’s right), more time exploring.
3. Wet Pockets
Whether you travel with just a carry-on or full size suitcase, make sure it has a waterproof external pocket, also known as a wet pocket.* A wet bathing suit from your last minute swim in paradise, sweaty workout gear, shower sandals, various liquids, or even a few goldfish can be thrown into this pockets last minute… and remember, we want to make the most of our time away, so if we can save ourselves from having to do laundry before we start heading home, then great!
*If your bag doesn’t have one, try bringing a few large ziplock bags instead.
4. Flip Flops
Being a musician, my work lends me to traversing though many a great cities, however, it can also include some very dark and dirty music venues with dingy showers. Cheap flip flops have saved me on numerous occasions as I’ve had to explore (this time not in a good way) the history of a building through the age of her showers in a sad attempt to maintain proper hygiene.
*Afterwards, slip them easily away into the wet pocket I just spoke about.
5. Pack Lighter
My last tip is a common one, I know, but here’s my take on it:
Learning how to pack lighter can be difficult, but it’s a lot like trying to quit smoking; You may have to start cutting back slowly, but eventually you just have to stop. So leave that extra shirt or blouse you “think you might wear” behind. If you don’t believe me then at least try this: Make an itemized list of everything you’ve packed and at the end of the trip place a checkmark beside each item you actually wore… I’m willing to bet there are items you didn’t touch, isn’t there? Again, next time leave them behind.
In short, think about what you pack and think about how you pack. Try and have fun with packing and make a game out of it. Again, the more time you spend with your head in your bag the less time you have to explore the beautiful sites and sounds this wonderful world has to offer.