Planning a summer vacation? Whether you’re venturing near or far, here are my top 6 suggestions:
- Rolling wins — From my experience, rolling is generally more space-efficient than folding. It also results in less wrinkles and is helpful for filling out less structured bags. However, for bulky items, such as chunky knit sweaters, folding is still the way to go.
- Group clothes by outfits — Tempted to throw in every cute piece from your closet? Don’t. Choose tops, bottoms, and dresses that go together. This avoids being left with something you can’t wear while you’re on the road. Also, try to maintain a certain color scheme. If you can mix and match your outfits, that’s even better!
- Pack a bar of soap — Ah, my favorite travel hack! To keep your clothes smelling fresh throughout the trip, add a bar of soap to your luggage. Just the presence of soap will help eliminate any bad odors, and you can always crack it open to do some washing.
- Bring extra plastic bags and Ziploc bags of all sizes — These are wonderful for tucking away shoes, laundry, toiletries, wet items, and everything in between. Plus, they don’t take up much space.
- Add a scarf — This is my second favorite travel tip. Regardless of season, take a scarf with you. You never know when the AC might be too strong or the winds too chilly. Scarves can also double as a tiny cushion in the car, train, or plane. For summer travels, you might want to consider bringing a sarong instead–use it as a light scarf, beach wrap, or blanket!
- Write a checklist — In case you haven’t noticed yet, I think writing lists is very important. A checklist of what’s in your luggage is great for two reasons: 1) It helps ensure you’re totally prepared, and 2) You can double-check you’ve repacked everything for the trip home.
Happy travels, everyone!