6 Packing Hacks to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze

Updated on May 5, 2021

Although traveling can be an exciting and rewarding experience, preparing for an upcoming trip can be stressful as you try to plan ahead about what you may need. Many people have already discovered that travel-ready CBD capsules can help them relax on long flights and overcome jetlag, but there are countless other travel and packing hacks that can make the whole process much less stressful.

1. Add a Dryer Sheet to Your Luggage

After a long flight or bus ride, sometimes our clothing develops a musty or mildewy scent. Our luggage is stored below the cabin, and it’s often a cool and moist environment. Sometimes the shoes we pack also give the rest of our packed items a signature odor. 

Fortunately, adding a dryer sheet to your luggage can work wonders on keeping your clothing smelling clean and fresh. The best place to put a dryer sheet is in an inside pocket, especially if it’s mesh, that allows the scent to reach all areas of the luggage. 

2. Try Bar Shampoo and Conditioner

It can be confusing to try to remember which volume of liquids you are allowed to bring through airport securty, especially in carry-on bags. You can eliminate this problem altogether by purchasing solid shampo and conditioner bars! 

Not only do these products work just as well as traditional shampoo and conditioner, they also produce much less waste than their bottled counterparts. Bar shampoo and conditioner has recently skyrocketed in popularity, so you can find them in any scent or fragrance you might want!

3. Bring a First Aid Kit

You never know when you’ll need something as simple as a bandaid or over-the-counter pain medicine, so it’s always a good idea to pack a first aid kit in your carry on bag, backpack, or purse. You can also pack your first aid kit with other helpful items, such as anti-diarrheal medicine, cold and flu remedies, and skin irritation creams in case you need them. 

It is especially important to be prepared for these situations if you are traveling abroad and you don’t speak the local language. You wouldn’t want to find yourself in a foreign pharmacy, unable to understand which pills or creams are which! 

4. Roll Your Clothing Instead of Folding It

Folding your clothes can take tons of time, and more often than not, clothing is wrinkled by the time you arrive at your destination. Plus, folded clothing that is stacked on top of one another forces you to rifle through your bag to find the outfit you need. 

Try rolling your clothing instead! Not only can it reduce wrinkles, but it also makes it super easy to find the clothing items you are looking for without having to dig deep into your suitcase. Plus, rolled clothing items take up much less space than folded ones.

5. Use a Compressable Bag 

Many people already use compressable bags to store seasonal clothing or prepare for big moves, but fewer people have discovered how handy they can make packing. Simply pack some of your clothes in a reusable, compressable bag, vacuum out the air, and you are good to go! 

Compressable bags can not only save you tons of space, but they can also help your clothes stay wrinkle-free. This can be especially helpful when traveling for business when you need to look your best! 

6. Put Plastic Wrap Between the Bottle and Lid of Cosmetics

If you have never felt the sadness and disappointment that occur after discovering your favorite makeup or facewash has leaked all over your suitcase, consider yourself lucky! Some cosmetics are incredibly expensive, and spilling disasters can end up being costly in multiple ways.

Perhaps one of the most helpful hacks on this list is to put a bit of plastic wrap between the bottle and the lid of your face washes, makeup, and other liquids that may escape their bottles and wreak havoc on the rest of your belongings. This won’t take more than a couple of minutes, and it can prevent cosmetic-related disaster from striking. 

In Conclusion

Packing and preparing for a trip is often the worst, most stressful part of the entire experience. Fortunately, these packing hacks can help you pack more efficiently and be more prepared for the unpredictable events that may come your way while traveling. 

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