If you’re anything like me, you have a running tally of things that drive you crazy when it comes to packing! Yet, somehow I never remember those things as I get ready for my next trip (like figuring out a way to bring my jewelry without spending a full day untangling it when I arrive). Well this video is all about how to pack like a pro to avoid those very frustrations.
This is PART 1 of a two part series that will focus on all things packing for a warm destination. In today’s video, I’m sharing with you 9 essential travel packing hacks that will save you the usual frustrations. In the next episode, I’ll be sharing exactly HOW I pack my suitcase and the nifty little tricks I use to save space, time & energy. I’ll also share with you my essential packing list for a tropical destination.
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I hit up my local dollar store to create this video (with the exception on one item) because hey, it doesn’t take a fortune to travel smarter! These 8 hacks are ones I personally use and I hope you find them useful as well.
ONE: Drinking Straws & Jewellery
There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination to find your necklaces and jewellery in a giant tangled web…I call that the jewellery black hole. It’s horrible! Save yourself the trouble by using drinking straws or individuals pouches to separate your jewellery and keep them tangle free.
TWO: Pill Containers
We’re still talking jewellery in this hack (because it’s a pain point for most of us ladies). While carrying around a weekly pill container might make you feel like an old lady, it’s also a handy way to store your smaller, more delicate pieces like earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.
THREE: Hair Clips
Not for your hair. We carry around a lot of gear when we’re travelling which means a lot of chords, chargers, USB’s, etc. To keep them organized and separated, I wrap them up and clip them with two small hair clips.
FOUR: Shower Caps
How many times have you been in a hotel or on the road and needed a little plastic bag but there are non to be found? That’s one use for these little guys but more importantly, we’re using them to keep our dirty shoes from getting all over our clothes in our bag! We LOVE this one!
Do I really need an explanation for this one? They can also be used as a bribe, if needed 😉
SIX: Clothes Pins
No matter where you’re travelling or for how long, quality sleep is critical but sometimes it’s tricky to get a dark hotel room. Bring along a couple of clothes pins and you can clip your curtains or blinds shut to get some serious shut eye.
OK, not the most glamorous thing to carry around but we’ve all heard the horror stories about the germs that live on airplanes. Nothing can ruin a trip like picking up a pesky bug so why not take some preventative measures and wipe down your area before you take-off. This is also handy on long haul public transit rides. Be discrete – you don’t want to look like a crazy person but it doesn’t hurt to make sure you’re protecting yourself when you can. They make fancy expensive travel wipes but baby wipes work just a well!
EIGHT: Pill Bottles (the round kind)
Empty pill bottles are perfect for bobby pins, cotton swabs, and other miniature essentials that you want to keep organized. They’re also nice and secure so you don’t have to worry about them opening up in your bag and making a mess.
NINE: Squeezable Travel Containers
Life changing! I didn’t get these at the dollar store – I upgraded and ordered them straight off amazon. We’ve all been there, standing in the shower and fighting to get the last bit of shampoo or lotion out of those hard plastic bottles. These silicone bottles are golden and they eliminate that very problem. Also, they’re sure cute!
Did you notice anything weird about the video? Perhaps that I can’t count? LOL. Ah well, what are you gonna do? You get the point right? Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you find some of these tricks useful on your next adventure!
If you have a favourite travel packing hack that I didn’t mention, leave it in the comments below and we’ll try it out next time we hit the road!