I thought it was a good time to write an article on travel packing as I love to travel.
This is not a definitive ‘How To’ article.
Whether you are off on adventure or business or simply a weekend getaway, travel packing has as many variations as there are people.
* Some people write packing checklists.
* Some take everything, especially personal toiletries. Some will shop when needed.
* Some take spare clothes in their airline cabin luggage in case their bags go astray. And some rely on luck and a positive attitude.
* Some roll their clothes. Some store them in separate zip-lock bags. Some fold them flat. Some put clothes inside other clothes.
* Some love having pocket space in their bags for dirty laundry or small items. Some bring extra shopping, retail or special zip-lock bags for storing laundry or shopping overseas.
There is no right or wrong way to do it. Your only requirement is to be able to fit everything in that needs to go in.
Everything in the travel accessory industry is changing. Bags are constantly getting lighter and stronger. There is a travel accessory for almost everything you can think of. It all helps when weight is important to you.
Here are a few accessories for travel packing that might appeal to you and help make your packing easier.
Three Travel Packing Accessories
Both these items come from the Myer website. On the left is this travel compression bag (for travel or home). It is a pack of three bags. It compresses items without the use of a vacuum pump.
On the right is this set of four travel bags containing 2 large bags and 2 medium bags. You pack them and then roll out the air to seal and flatten them. You can buy them in various sizes and number per pack.
This product even tells you how many items you can pack in each bag.
Aren’t zip-lock bag Magic? What did we do before they were invented?
If you don’t like the idea of using zip-lock bags, here’s an alternative I found on the Luggage Direct website. It is from Eagle Creek. They have packing cubes. You pack whatever you want in it. There’s a mesh section so that you can easily see what you have packed in there.
This one is a Pack-it Quarter Cube. It comes in black, blue and red. You can get a quarter cube like this or a half cube and even a full cube. It’s all in the size you require. It even comes in a ‘clean dirty half cube’ which is a cube that has two separate compartments. One side has mesh for clean or dry items. The other side is a closed water-repellent side for dirty or wet items.
Eagle Creek also makes Garment Folder packs for those who want to minimise the wrinkles in their packed business clothes or special items.
Margaret’s Special Travel Tip –
It’s a toiletries tip. I often do not want to take a full jar of certain toiletries or makeup items. You can buy the specially designed take-on airline jar sets. I often find that they are not big enough for my needs.
The homewares section of the supermarket or chain store is a good place to find packs of small plastic jars with screw-top lids. They hold a bit more than the cabin bottle sets and you get more in the pack. This pack of four ‘Sistema brand 35 ml dressing pots’ to go plastic jars from Woolworths are a perfect size and weight for things I will store in my toiletries bag in my luggage.
These are only a selection of items available for today’s modern traveller.
I’ll admit that I am a simple packer. I don’t use storage packs as I lay everything flat in my bag. I have a system that works for me. Each to their own!