How to Pack for Anything
Tips for what you really need in your suitcase and how to fit it all in there.
No one would ever turn down a dream vacation. An escape from reality is vital every once in a while, and sometimes all you need to rejuvenate your mind and body is some nice adventuring. Before you can hop on a plane and sink your toes in the warm sand though, you need to do the thing we all dread the most – pack. Packing is like putting together a tedious puzzle. You have to figure out what you need, where it needs to go, and how it’s all going to fit in there together without wrinkling your clothes, damaging any breakables, and forgetting key items. Good news is, we’re here to help you out! There are tons of hacks and secrets to make sure you pack efficiently, and we’re here to give you the inside scoop. In order to avoid a nervous breakdown, here are tips on How to Pack for Anything, from your weekend getaway, to your week-long trip across the country.
Many people forget to pack toiletries because they assume the hotel will already have what they need. While that’s more than likely the case, their products aren’t always the best, and they never seem to give you enough. The basic necessities seem obvious and make you think they’d be hard to forget, but don’t be fooled! We have one track minds when it comes to finally getting away, and so we may focus too much on having fun, rather than what we should be packing. Here are some of the basic necessities when it comes to packing toiletries:
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Hairbrush/Flatiron/Blow-dryer/Hair Ties
- Razor & Shaving Cream
- Soap/Body Wash
Although we don’t like to think about getting sick during the time we’re finally allowed to relax and have fun, sometimes it’s inevitable. While you may be superstitious and believe that packing medicine will jinx you and make you get sick, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Some medicines you may want to consider packing into your bag include:
- Any prescribed vitamins/medicine you take on a daily basis
- Ibuprofen/Tylenol for headaches
- Pepto for stomach aches or indigestion
- Aloe Vera incase you catch a bad sunburn
- Bonine for motion/seasickness
- Allergy Medicine
- Eye Drops
- Cold Medicine
Here comes the fun part – your outfits! Make sure you check the weather for where you’re going to see what items to bring with you. You’d rather be over prepared than under, so make sure you bring a few extra outfits incase something happens such as spills, rips, or rain! A few staple items you can never go wrong with are:
- Shirts – short and long sleeve
- Pants – jeans and leggings
- A Sweatshirt
- A Jacket
- Bathing Suits
- Bras & Undies
- Shoes – even if you’re going somewhere full of beaches and oceans, it’s always smart to have a pair of sneakers with you just incase
Almost as exciting to pick out as your outfits are the accessories to go along with them! On one hand you’ll obviously want to look your best, but on the other hand you have to be smart. There are some things that of course are fine to bring along with you, but you may want to leave some things behind to prevent possibly breaking or losing them. Here are a few accessories you may want to consider finding some room for in your (probably) overflowing suitcase:
- Scarves – warm ones for if it’s cold, or cute patterned ones for the warmer weather
- Hats – baseball hats, fedoras, floppy beach hats – whatever you like!
- Beach Bag
There are some major items that we sometimes forget to pack in our suitcase because we’re always so focused on the clothes and toiletries. While these items aren’t always necessary, they’re always fun to have with you whether it’s your camera to document your trip, or some games to play in the hotel on your downtime. Here are some miscellaneous items you may originally overlook, but decide you’d like to bring along:
- Camera – underwater ones are great if you’re taking a trip to the beach
- Board Games or Card Games
- Towels for the beach
- Passport/ID if you’re travelling internationally
- Lay your jewelry between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to keep it from moving around and tangling up.
- For smaller jewelry, such as rings, sticking them in pill case compartments keeps them from getting lost.
- By stringing each end of your necklace through straws, you can prevent tangles, which can be impossible to undo.
- Keep an eye on your small studs by fastening each set through a button.
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them. You’d be amazed by how greatly this maximizes your space.
- Stack your bras on top of one another, fold them in half, and tuck your undies inside. Not only does this save space, but it helps keep the shape of your bras as well.
- Have a pair of shoes with dirty soles? Stick them inside of a shower cap so they don’t dirty up the rest of your items.
- Prevent items such as perfume bottles from breaking by slipping them into a pair of socks.
- Keep track of your bobby pins by sticking them in an old mint container.
- Keep your wires such as camera, phone, and iPod chargers in an old sunglasses case.
- Travelling only for a weekend? Instead of bringing the entire bottle, use travel-size containers for items such as your shampoo and conditioner to save space.
- To avoid spills, take the caps off of any bottles of liquid, place a piece of plastic wrap over the top, and screw the lid back on. This way nothing will spill out if the bottle accidently gets opened in your bag.
- Place some dryer sheets in your suitcase to ensure your clothes remain smelling yummy and fresh.
- Though this tip may seem a little strange, it definitely works! Place any valuables you’re leaving behind in your hotel in feminine hygiene products such as folded up in a maxi-pad wrapper or in the box itself to prevent possible thefts.