Jet-setting from place to place means history, culture and experiences galore, but hopping from the Kawachi Fuji Gardens of Japan to the Mendenhall Ice Caves in Alaska requires a bit of creativity as far as a suitcase is concerned.
At KJR we know that packing for travel can be overwhelming. From linens and straw hats to parkas and snow boots, getting through the tedious task of deciding what to bring along can drive even the most organized person a little insane. Don’t fret! We have some helpful packing tips to ease the burden:
Make a Decision. Stick to It. When packing, we often pack several outfits for each scenario we anticipate finding ourselves in. Make a decision about the day’s events and stick to it. If you choose staples that make you feel at ease, you are more likely to stick to the initial choices you have made. If there are three separate activities happening in a day, choose those wardrobe pieces, set them aside, and move forward. Sticking to a neutral color pallet can help reduce the need for too many options and keep in mind that you can reduce bulk by “recycling” an item of clothing such as slacks or a skirt. Choose fabrics wisely, too. Is what you are packing bound to wrinkle? Take along items that help reduce time spent on things like ironing. Once you have decided on clothing for each day’s events, pack one extra casual and evening outfit in case of emergency or wardrobe malfunction.
Accents are Key. Instead of relying on bright colors or statement clothing, turn to accessories such as jewelry, scarves and belts. By packing a few statement pieces, you can accent any travel outfit and take focus away from neutral clothing by drawing the eye elsewhere.
Roll. Fold. Bundle. There are three main ways to pack clothing and coats for travel. Each of the three techniques offers different benefits and helps maximize space in whichever luggage you have decided to use. Here are the pros of each:
Rolling is best for knit or stretchy fabrics that are unlikely to wrinkle. Rolling
can be utilized in all luggage, but it is especially helpful in a weekender or tote bag.
Folding your garments is most beneficial when the clothing you are bringing
is tailored, prone to wrinkles or in a structured suitcase. Folding is the most traditional method of clothing transport, but it often takes up considerably more space in the luggage or bag you choose.
Bundling is best for condensing a large amount of clothing in a structured suitcase and while bundling takes a bit more time and preparation, it can mean more options for those who simply can’t leave the extras behind. Learn how to bundle here!
Jigsaw Puzzle. Item placement within a suitcase can be a little bit like a puzzle, but definitely impacts the allotted space used. Place any rolled clothing at the bottom of your suitcase in between the handle grooves. Place shoes and other heavy objects near the wheelbase to balance the weight. Next, add any folded or bundled clothes on top and then fill empty space with undergarments such as underwear and socks (these can also be tucked in to shoes as well). Secure with interior travel straps and fill the inner lid zipper with toiletries, jewelry and other loose items before zipping up!
Carry-On. Your carry-on can be a complete lifesaver in times of lost luggage or in-flight necessities. Make sure to always pack a change of clothing, one set of undergarments and a mini toiletry bag for safety. You never know!
We hope our simple packing tips help make your next adventure one for the books. Here is an extensive packing list for those who like a little visual organization!
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