Monday 23 Feb, 2015

EF’s Top 10 Packing Tips

Here at EF we know just how fun travelling is, but with a great journey comes luggage! Repacking and lugging your bags from one amazing destination to another can be a chore if you don’t know how to organize everything well, so believe us when we say that learning how to pack efficiently can make all the difference in the world.

A well-organized bag won’t weigh too much, will be easy to carry around, and will still afford you room for souvenirs. And hey—if you’re like a packing rock star, you can even avoid having to check your luggage for flights, which is a major timesaving bonus. Trust us!

In fact, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg might have said it best: “When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life.”

Without further ado, here are some of EF’s tried and true packing tips for your next big adventure with us!

1) Before you start packing, make sure you’re clear on the number of bags your airline allows per passenger, as well as the maximum weight allowance. It’s also important to know if the airline charges for checked luggage.

2) Invest in a hand-held luggage scale. They’re small enough to fit in your suitcase, which means you can weigh your bag before you arrive at the airport to make sure you’re within the guidelines.

3) If you’re planning on buying new luggage, opt for a suitcase that is lightweight—you don’t want your bag to weigh as much as the items you’ve packed in it, after all!

4) As you’ll see at the airport baggage carousels, the majority of travellers seem to own black suitcases—this makes it super difficult to tell one bag from the next. If you don’t have a uniquely coloured bag, make sure yours has a distinguishing feature on it, like a brightly coloured tag.
Pro tip: Use rainbow yarn or a brightly coloured ribbon — you’ll never miss it!

5) Even if you use a luggage tag, you should always have a label inside of your bag with your name and phone number on it. If your luggage happens to be misplaced or mistakenly picked up by someone else, getting it back to you will be much easier.

6) When you’re packing, put heavier items on the bottom. Shoes take up the most room, so pack them along the edge of the bag and stuff them with socks or underwear. Lighter items should make up the next layer, and toiletries go on top of everything. If you’ve only brought the essentials, this should leave you with a very well-packed bag.

7) Roll your clothes tightly like burritos instead of folding them. It’s a great way to save space and reduce wrinkles.

8) Don’t bring full-sized toiletries. Drugstores sell smaller, travel size versions of everything you’ll need, and most hotels are pretty well stocked with shampoo and soap as well. If you want to get really fancy, you can even buy liquid-free toiletries like shampoo bars and toothpaste tabs.

9) Pack extras in your carry-on just in case. An extra pair of underwear, socks, a clean shirt and some travel-sized toiletries can be a lifesaver if your checked luggage happens to be lost or delayed.

10) Take a photo of your open suitcase that shows everything you’ve packed. Again, if your luggage does happen to be misplaced, you’ll have photo evidence of everything that was in there.

For more packing tips, check out these articles:

What NOT to Pack

The 20 Worst Things to Pack in Your Carry-On

5 Must-Have Carry-Ons

Also, simply head to the Travel Tips, Advice & Tools section for more packing articles!