It’s easy to overpack for a short vacation, and even easier to overpack for a long one. Since you’ll be lugging your bags to and from the airport, and you’ll likely be taking home all sorts of trinkets from your travels, you’ll definitely want the extra space. Here are a handful of packing tips for your next long-term travel adventures.
Ditch the Detergent (and Other Toiletries)
You’ll want to wash your clothes while you’re on a long trip, but that doesn’t mean you have to bring a whole gallon of detergent with you. Certain items, like toothpaste, mouthwash, and detergent, can be removed from a packing list. Instead, you can simply purchase them when you arrive at your destination. This way, you save space packing and don’t risk a bottle popping open in your luggage and causing a mess. If you use a certain type of soap or shampoo for health reasons, definitely pack those. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to try some international toiletries.
Fold Like an Expert
Plenty of YouTube videos demonstrate how to efficiently and effectively pack a suitcase to make plenty of room. Common methods include rolling entire outfits into small cylinders and using vacuum-seal bags. Whatever the case, you can always find some method to fit your belongings into your luggage. Check out some extreme packing videos and, once you’ve laid out everything you plan on packing, put some of their tips to practice. You may end up using a smaller suitcase than expected!