How to Pack for a Trip Like a Pro

How many times have you packed and most of your clothing was never worn? Did you ever have to pay over weight fees or buy another suitcase to check in because you may have over shopped and over splurged? Ladies may have been the culprits of these crimes but sometimes you just can’t help yourself or pass up a good deal. So before you go on a trip you have to know how to pack and what to pack. What you pack would be determined by what you deem essential, how you chose to pack, where you’re going and how long you plan to stay.

First – The Essentials

For the purpose of travel; essentials are things that you absolutely cannot live without; not so much life and death but just something you need to function. You have to determine what you can do without for the duration of your trip. If you use special products as recommended by your doctor pack it especially if you are uncertain you can get it where you are going.

Some people may or may not see underwear as a necessity, again it’s up to you but underwear doesn’t weigh much. Depending on how long you are traveling for, maximum two pairs of jeans, a handful of T-shirts, a jacket, something dressy, slippers and a practical pair of shoes. Females may want to add one or two scarves to accessorize.

What’s The Weather at your Destination?

A lot of people forget to consider the weather at their destination. If it’s a rainy city like London, you carry an umbrella with you. If you’re traveling in winter, take a jacket; you don’t need to pack this in your suitcase but can actually hold it in your arm and take it with you on the plane. Of course, if you are going to the Caribbean, you would take a hat, sun block lotion, cool clothing and of course swimwear.

Duration of Your Stay

How long you plan to stay will obviously determine the contents of your suitcase. If you plan to wash, then you can still pack a light bag. If you don’t again it depends on whether or not you are willing to wear dirty clothes. If you are planning a shopping trip, it is advised that you pack light and find yourself a washer and dryer.

To Fold or Roll..

This has been a debate that could go on and on. It depends on the preference again. Rolling may be good if you have something that is fragile in your suitcase. Folding prevents you from having to iron clothes; it depends on the material of course but it is neater and visually appealing to the traveler with OCD.  Some people would use both methods effectively and others who pack at the last minute may just dump everything in. It is again a matter of preference for the traveler. You may pack neatly but by the time you get to your destination and open your suitcase, you would realize that your efforts were futile.

 

How to See More By Traveling on a Budget

Remember the days when part of the family would travel and the others would remain at home and go on the other trip because your parents couldn’t afford to take the entire family? Or when your family never took a vacation because they couldn’t afford it? In a way, those days are gone as the average family could now afford to go on vacation, even if it’s simply just driving across cities, taking a bus across the border or actually getting on a plane and traveling to a continent or island away. Travel has now in a sense become super affordable because the industry has become really competitive.

Welcome to the World of Budget Airlines

If you have no aversions to traveling light, then there are several budget airlines that you can travel with to Europe from North America and even across Europe. The flights are inexpensive but they charge you added fees for checked in luggage, food, drinks and any in flight services. A lot of persons take this route as they don’t mind buying their soaps, toothpaste and other liquid necessities when they get to their final destination. If you can travel this way, it is worth every penny saved.

Take the Scenic Route with Cheap Bus and Rail Passes

There are a lot of cheap bus services that transport you throughout the Americas and even Europe. Imagine spending about five Euros in some instances to travel from Spain to France. The backpacker can go through the entire European continent by doing this if he can get similar deals. The downside of this thought might be that you have to travel for long hours or transfer buses. If you don’t mind the travel times then you should definitely give this a go, although it may not be child-friendly. You also have the option of nighttime travel. Imagine going to sleep and waking up in another country of the state.

Book Early for Off Peak Season Deals

Getting the entire family to travel off peak may be difficult as the kids have to go to school but if you have a long weekend, give it a go. Some destinations offer discounted packages for seasons that don’t see a lot of tourist because of winter or even school. Some people actually prefer to go to Europe during the winter because flights are cheaper as very few are willing to brave the cold. Even Caribbean destinations have off peak seasons that occur during spring and fall where you can get cheap flights and discounted hotel rates.

Search the Internet for Hidden Gems

Some seasoned travelers advise that you buy your tickets up to six months in advance for the best rates. They may even advise shopping on a particular day or tell you to browse privately and delete your cookies. Whilst these may or may not be true, it is always wise to “shop around” for the best prices. There are travel search engines that you can use to. Make the internet your bible and search every day until you find a price that you are comfortable with.