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Packing Hacks and Tricks: How to Travel Stress-Free

By Orgesta Tolaj


28 September 2023

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Planning a trip is definitely more exciting than anything in the world! The fact that you have talked about the vacation for so long, looked at places to visit, researched food you could eat, and even saved enough money to finally go is extremely thrilling. However, something dreadful is always waiting for you before your planned trip. Yes, we are talking about the packing portion of your trip! Packing can be quite nerve-wracking as you will always worry about whether you are taking enough items with you and whether you are forgetting something important. Do not fret though! We have conducted a list of the only packing hacks you will ever need. Let’s have a look at it together!

How to Plan a Trip With These Packing Hacks

Follow these packing hacks to make your packing experience easier:

Choose the Right Suitcase

Select a suitcase or bag that suits your travel needs, considering factors like durability, lightweight design, ample storage space, and practical compartments. Be mindful of airline size and weight restrictions to avoid extra fees or airport hassles.

Make a Checklist of the Things You Will Need

Create a thorough packing checklist before starting to pack your items. Categorize your belongings into groups like accessories, clothing, toiletries, gadgets, and documents. Using a checklist helps you stay organized and ensures that you don’t forget anything important.

Checklist Ideas

Here is a sample list you can follow for your next trip:


  • Passport and visa
  • Tickets for transportation (airline, boat, train, bus)
  • Copies of passport and tickets
  • Boarding pass
  • Driver’s license
  • Health insurance card
  • List of medications and a letter from the prescriber
  • Travel Insurance
  • Student card

Travel Aids:

  • Suitcases or backpack
  • Itinerary
  • Maps and directions
  • Language guide
  • Travel guide
  • Travel pillow, sleeping mask, earplugs
  • Travel locks
  • Luggage tags
  • Pens and paper
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small pocket knife (not in carry-on)
  • Rope and expandable clothesline


  • Foreign currency
  • Emergency money
  • Credit card and debit card
  • Extra wallet
  • Money belt


  • Cellphone and charger
  • Photo camera, memory card, charger
  • Laptop, iPad or Tablet, E-reader, chargers
  • Travel adapter and converter
  • Travel iron
  • Flashlight
  • Headphones


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Shirts and polos
  • Jeans, trousers, shorts
  • Dresses, skirts
  • Shoes and sneakers
  • Flip-flops and slippers
  • Jackets, coats, raincoats
  • Belts and ties
  • Scarves, hats, gloves


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Tweezers (not in carry-on)
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Towels
  • Nail care
  • Tissues and toilet roll
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Makeup and makeup remover
  • Shaving supplies
  • Skin products
  • Brush, comb, hair products
  • Glasses, contact lenses, and supplies


  • Medications and pain relievers
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)
  • Mosquito net
  • Birth control and condoms
  • Vaccines and health/dental checkups
  • Vitamins
  • Hand sanitizer/disinfectant

General Activities:

  • A swimsuit and a large towel
  • Walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Daypack
  • Books, e-books, magazines

Always Check Whether You Have Your Documents

Keep all essential travel documents in one place, like a travel pouch or organizer. This includes passports, identification cards, travel itineraries, accommodation reservations, and emergency contacts. Having everything in a single, convenient location ensures a stress-free trip.

Plan Your Outfits Ahead

Before you start packing, plan your daily outfits. This prevents overpacking and ensures you bring the right clothing for each day of your trip. Try to choose versatile items that can be mixed and matched to create different looks.

Keep Track of Your Electronics

Don’t forget your essential electronic devices, such as your phone, charger, power bank, headphones, adapters, and any other necessary tools. Keep them organized in an electronics pouch to prevent tangling and damage.

Pack a Re-Usable Tote Bag

Bring a foldable, reusable tote bag. It can be handy for carrying souvenirs, and groceries, or as an extra bag for your return trip if you’ve acquired more items.

Roll Clothes Instead of Folding Them

Instead of folding your clothes, roll them to save space and minimize wrinkles. Rolling your garments keeps them neat and wrinkle-free while allowing you to fit more into your luggage. You can also use compression packing cubes or vacuum-sealed bags to maximize space.

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Choose Different Outfit Options

Opt for mix-and-match clothing options that can create various outfits. Choose lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabrics in neutral colors suitable for different weather conditions. This approach allows you to pack lightly while still having outfit choices.

Instead of Normal Size Products, Go for Travel-Sized Ones

Use travel-sized toiletries or transfer your essentials into compact, leak-proof containers. This not only saves space but also complies with carry-on liquid regulations set by airlines. Pack only what you’ll need for your trip to lighten your luggage and consider purchasing additional toiletries at your destination.

Use Organizers and Separators

Utilize packing cubes to keep your items organized and separated. Place specific items in designated cubes, such as clothing, accessories, electronics, and toiletries. This keeps your luggage tidy, simplifies finding items, and reduces the risk of items shifting during travel.

Take Water With You

Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle and choose travel-friendly snacks like granola bars, almonds, or dried fruits to ward off hunger during long flights or in places with limited food options. Avoid plastic bottles as the airport staff will throw them away immediately.

Create a First Aid Kit

Prepare a compact travel first aid kit containing essential items like bandages, pain relievers, motion sickness remedies, antiseptic wipes, and any required prescription medications. Having these supplies on hand allows you to address minor medical issues while traveling.

Weigh Your Luggage Beforehand

Use a portable luggage scale to check the weight of your suitcase before heading to the airport. This helps you avoid overage charges for excess baggage. And those extra payments can get quite expensive!

How to Save Space on Your Suitcase

Packing for a trip can be challenging due to limited suitcase space and airline weight restrictions. Besides the packing hacks we have mentioned above, you can also follow these tips to pack more efficiently and save space:

Do Not Take Your Entire Wardrobe

Use the “54321” method to minimize clothing for your trip. This method suggests packing 5 pairs of socks and underwear, 4 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 pairs of shoes, and 1 hat, bag, or accessory.

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Fold Your Clothes and Bundle Them

Employ different packing methods for various types of clothing. Roll thinner items like t-shirts and use the bundle wrapping technique for bulkier garments to maximize space and minimize wrinkles.

Try Using Vacuum Seal Bags

Vacuum seal bags allow you to press clothes flat by removing air. They are excellent for bulky garments but don’t reduce overall weight.

Fill Every Nook and Cranny

Utilize hidden spaces in your suitcase, such as inside shoes or under bra cups, to store smaller items like socks and accessories. You can also fill any gaps between rolled clothes with smaller items to maximize space.

Avoid “Just in Case” Items

Avoid packing too many items for “just in case” situations. Most accommodations provide basic toiletries, so you can skip carrying extra shampoo, soap, or towels. Only bring necessary toiletries and consider purchasing items like towels if needed at your destination.

Take Minimal to No Accessories With You

Select accessories that can complement multiple outfits to maximize their utility. Opt for versatile accessories that can be used with multiple outfits, avoiding bulky and oversized items.

Have you tried any of these packing hacks before? Or do you have some of your own tricks up your sleeve? We would love to hear more about your packing experience below!

Orgesta Tolaj

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