Sometimes we get too caught up in the “what if” and “just in case” items to throw into our bags when we’re packing, especially when it’s a short trip that’s probably somewhere where you can find most of those “just in case” items around. Finding the perfect balance of how to pack exactly what you need to free up space and keep things simple when you’re traveling will reduce your stress and keep your suitcase lighter.
When you and your beau have a weekend getaway planned, how great would it be if all you needed was one carry-on bag? Impossible? Not at all! We took on the challenge, and here’s our tips on how to succeed.
Step 1: Plan
The essentials are obviously the first things you want to consider, but you also need to think about space. Do you really need three different shoe options for a two-day jaunt out of town? Probably not. Once you know where you’re going and what you’ll be doing, check the weather forecast and plan your outfits accordingly. Unless you’re off to the Alps, usually a jacket and a travel umbrella are the only “just in case” wardrobe items you really need.
Step 2: Gather
Now you’ve got your game plan, time to collect what you’ll be bringing. Go for items that are multipurpose to maximize on space and make your life easier. Our Mobovida wallet and card cases are a great choice for traveling because you can carry the cards you need and your phone right in the palm of your hand. They can also be easily slipped into your pocket or small bag for when you want to go sightseeing. Taking along the Mobovida wall charger means that you both can charge your phones at the same time, saving both space in your bag and precious power outlet real estate that could be used for your camera or laptop instead. A power pack is also never a bad idea, giving you some extra juice in case you run out of battery from taking too many snaps during your adventure. (We’re guilty of it. No shame.)
Step 3: Arrange
Anyone who’s played Tetris will know, placement matters! Bigger and bulkier items go in first to lay the foundation of how you’ll be laying out the rest of the bag. Shoes first, with socks or other small pieces stuffed inside to take advantage of all the space possible, then jeans and bulky jackets. In the next layer get your tees, light sweaters, and skirts or trousers since they can fold and fit into tight spaces much easier. Keep your toiletries and makeup in pouches to keep your clothes safe, and utilize pockets whenever you can for smaller items!
Bonus tip: Make a list of all the things you’ve packed. You can use the inventory of what you brought as a checklist when you’re packing up to head home, that way nothing gets left behind at the hotel!