We see a ton of travel tips from all over the place – from books to blogs to travel reviews and magazines. Here, we have put together a list of the Top Tips for Packing Smart from some of the most avid travellers we know.
- Pack light. Travel light.
If you can make do with just a carry-on, do it! Pack just half of what you need and instead, pack TWICE the amount of money you’re taking with you! Make buying some of those necessities you didn’t take with you, part of your adventure.
- Pack efficiently.
Luggage space is prime property here. The more space you can squeeze out, the better. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear and accessories inside of your shoes. Rule of thumb : leave no space unused.
- Bag it.
Sandwich bags and ziplock bags can come in very handy when you’re travelling. Pack your toiletries in them to prevent leakage. Squeeze the air out of the ziplock bags and you have yourself a DIY ‘vacuum-pack-bag’ that are great space savers.
- Always bring a multi-socket plug.
Ever found yourself in a hotel room with just 1 available electric socket to charge not just your own mobile phone, but also your roommate’s, AND both your cameras and iPads and what-nots? A multi-socket plug is a life-saver and is especially convenient and useful when you have numerous electronics to charge at one time. It will let you charge at least 4 devices at a time instead of just the one if you were to use the wall outlet in the room.
- Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs.
These are especially handy on flights with screaming toddlers and noisy chattering adults and you need your precious sleep. A pair of noise-canceling earphones would do as well!
- Always carry a scarf in your carry-on.
Be it a scarf, sarong or pashmina, you will never be sorry for having it with you when the weather turns cold. They can even be used as a blanket in the plane.
- Pack some snacks in your carry-on.
Save yourself some money by packing your own snacks in your carry-on. Airport snacks tend to be somewhat pricey.
- Make photocopies before leaving home.
Always travel with 2 photocopies of your passport with you. Also, take pictures of your car, if it’s parked in the airport carpark, luggage and its contents, just in case it gets lost.
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Phylicia is a walking mishmash of an oxymoron - an extroverted introvert - and Singaporean based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is Little Mermaid’s alter ego armed with a scuba tank diving the seas, a dog lover, a compulsive gamer and constantly fights a losing battle with her chronic online shopping addiction. Apple devices in hand, she believes the world is her playground.