Whether you’re going away for a weekend trip or packing for an extended summer vacation, whilst most people love travelling, very few enjoy the packing process that necessarily accompanies every departure. In order to make things a little easier for you during those pre-flight hours when you realise you’ve packed four jumpers but no socks, we’ve put together a handy little guide to packing.

All this in a backpack?

All this in a backpack?

Make lists

Who doesn’t know the feeling – you’ve spent hours planning every single trip but haven’t wasted a single thought on what to pack, and now you’re getting stressed, aimlessly shoving underwear, shirts and blouses inside your suitcase. In order to avoid last minute stress, incorporate a packing list into your pre-vacation preparations. It’s not only clothes that you have to think about – ask yourself what else you will need, from a notebook to emergency painkillers and toiletries. Keep in mind that packing will be so much more satisfying if you can tick boxes while you do it.

Tidy up

Packing won’t be much fun if you have to search for every single item in a pile of clothes first. Before you even start packing, make sure the room is clean and tidy, making sure every single item of clothing is exactly where it belongs. Tidying up won’t only make it easier to find what you’re looking for, but will also mean that there’s plenty of space on the floor or your bed to spread out your wardrobe for the ultimate overview. For more information on keeping your home clean and tidy, click here.

Choose a technique

Some people stick to the classic folding technique, whilst others swear that rolling is the best thing that every happened to them. No matter which camp you ultimately belong to, make sure you’ve made an informed decision. Watch some videos explaining each technique, and ask yourself what’s best suited to the contents of your suitcase or travel holdall. Once you’ve made a choice, it’s time to practice. Don’t only fold or roll your clothes – become a pro at it. This will save you time, and keep your shirts and dresses wrinkle free.

Hand luggage

Hand luggage

Think ahead

If you’re the type of person who realises they’re missing travel essentials once it’s already too late, it might be time to rethink your approach to packing. Rather than trying to pack everything you need, think about what you will need – and pack just that. A popular approach is to split up the days you will be gone into outfits, planning what you will wear every single day. This doesn’t only guarantee that you will pack enough clothes, but also makes things easier once you’re on vacation. No wasting time on deciding what to wear – you’ve already done that work at home. Allow for some flexibility regarding the weather, and you’re good to go.

Some useful packing resources:

How to pack for a gap year

Gap Year Essentials