When you travel around the world for a year or so there’s one skill you’re sure to pick up – efficient packing. It really is an art form that can impact your trip. Basically, the better you are at packing the easier it is to make sure you have everything you need.
It’s no secret that most guys aren’t the best packers. Oftentimes, packing happens in the final hours before departure and speed is the priority over efficiency. If you’re determined to fit more into your bags, check out our guy’s guide to packing before your next trip.
What to Pack (Besides Clothes)
When most of us think about packing for a trip the first thing that comes to mind is clothing. But don’t stuff your suitcase to the brim with clothes. Make sure to leave some space for a few travel essentials.
If there was ever a utilitarian accessory that instantly makes any outfit more interesting it’s a pair of sunglasses. They can also help block the sunrise during an early morning flight, keep UV rays from damaging your eyes and increase general comfort if you travel on two wheels.
Pack at least one pair of sunglasses for the trip, preferably using a hard shell case. When you’re traveling you may want to purchase a pair of affordable men’s designer sunglasses since things like that have a way of going missing while you travel.
Consider this packing within packing. Every man should own a toiletry bag for the sole reason it keeps so many small items organized. Look for a toiletry bag made of a durable material (think leather) and at least one or two compartments. Make sure it’s large enough to fit the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, comb and any hair products you plan to pack.
A Good Book
You are guaranteed to have downtime during travel, and Wi-Fi may not always be accessible. An upcoming trip is the perfect excuse to buy that novel or memoir that’s been on your reading list.
Stain Removing Pen
Spills and accidents are bound to happen. If you’re packing light a small stain can be a big hindrance on your travel wardrobe. A stain removing pen is always good to have on hand and it takes up next to no space in your bag.
Portable Device Charger
Many travelers now rely on their smart phones to check in for flights, make hotel arrangements and navigate around a new city. It’s an extremely powerful travel tool – until it runs out of juice. Make a little space for a portable device charger, and don’t forget to charge it up before heading out.
A rainstorm can happen anywhere at any time of year. Umbrellas and raincoats are bulky but a thin plastic poncho can lay flat on top clothes or rolled up tight to fit in a crevice.
How to Pack
Once you’ve made your packing list it’s time to find a place for everything. This can be quite a challenge if you plan to backpack when you travel around the world or want to avoid checking your luggage. Use the space-saving tips below to make more room and keep things organized.
- Plan ahead – Only 68% of men say they plan their packing compared to 85% of women. Rushing to pack at the last minute is sure to create suitcase chaos. Give yourself time to plan ahead and put together a packing strategy.
- Make a list – Lists are a simple way to make sure you don’t forget to pack something before leaving or when you’re headed home. It’s best to organize the list by priority so the essentials are accounted for first.
- Pack versatile clothes – One of the best ways to save space is to pack clothing that works for a variety of events and settings.
- Put socks in shoes – Putting rolled up socks in shoes saves space and prevents shoes from getting crushed.
- Put rolled up ties in shoes – Rolled up ties can also be put in shoes.
- Roll up underwear and undershirts – Instead of folding underwear and undershirts roll them up tightly and put them in the crevices of the bag.
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