Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The Perfect Packing Technique

If you're not a frequent traveller, packing for a trip can be a bit of a hassle. You'll inevitably end up packing way too much or the wrong things entirely. There's the stress of feeling as though you've forgotten something important. Then you have to cram the whole pile into a suitcase and hope that if it arrives, it's not a wrinkled mess and that your shampoo hasn't leaked onto everything.

The most difficult thing after figuring out what to pack (which I will cover in a later post) is knowing how to pack. As someone who's packed a lot of bags and made even more mistakes, I was trying to write a post that accurately describes how I've learned to pack. I prefer a combination of laying my easily wrinkled clothes flat, stuffing the middle of the suitcase with my rolled clothes, and then folding the bottom layer over the top.  I realized that pictures would be necessary for this post to make sense, and then I came upon this slide show from The New York Times.

Brilliant.  This technique is exactly how you should pack a bag. For toiletries, know that if it can leak it probably will, especially if you check a soft-sided bag on your flight. Always put your liquids in a plastic bag, whether it be a commercially available waterproof travel bag or just a Ziploc freezer bag. I recommend bringing along some extra plastic grocery bags as well, because if your shoes get wet or dirty you won't want to put them in with the rest of your laundry. Happy packing!

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