When you’re packing for your school trip, there are measures you can take to make life easy for yourself along your travels. You don’t want to over-pack or under-pack and you do want to make the absolute most of your space. We’ve compiled some of the best packing hacks out there so that you can travel like a pro.
Once you have a solid understanding of exactly what you need for your tour, these savvy packing hacks enable you to manage your gear with maximum efficiency and will go a long way when you’re on the move:
To begin with the obvious, whenever possible only pack the essentials. You likely don’t need a different outfit for every day of your tour or more than two pairs of shoes. Pack versatile clothing that will work for different occasions. You can also wear your heaviest garments on the plane to lighten the load of your bags.
Use a packing list
Even if you’re travelling light, you’ll likely have numerous bits and pieces that you need to remember for your big trip. Don’t run the risk of forgetting anything by using a comprehensive packing list, like ours! Your final packing list will depend on where you’re going, what you’re doing there and how long for. Get started by checking out our packing guide here.
Keep things in shape
One of the best ways to maximise space when packing is to roll your clothes. The first and foremost rule of maximising space is to roll your clothes. Fold clothing first and then tightly roll it up. You’ll avoid unwanted creases, things will pack together efficiently and you can fill any dead space like the inside of shoes. Ensure your hat doesn’t get squashed by stuffing it with socks or rolled clothes. Another useful packing trick if you’re travelling with collared shirts is to place a belt on the neck of a collared shirt, to keep it in shape.
Keep things organised
Discover the fantastic practicality of packing cubes, which will help you organise your clothes and visually separate out your various outfits. Avoid nightmares of tangled cords by rubber banding together your different cords/chargers and packing them in a zip-lock bag with your other electronics.
10 more packing tips and tricks
- Pack a jacket with plenty of pockets. Not only will you essentially have another wearable carry-on item of luggage, but you’ll have the convenience of more useful items within easy reach
- Never keep important belongings in your checked luggage. This is an important ‘just in case’ precaution to take
- To ensure smooth sailing while moving from one location to another, pack heavier items closer to the wheels of the suitcase
- Put a cotton ball in any powder makeup cases to prevent the pressed powder from cracking and crumbling
- Keep your clothes smelling fresh by putting some scented laundry sheets at the bottom of your bag
- Remember that you are allowed to bring one personal item in addition to your carry on luggage. Choose your personal item wisely, this could be another smaller bag
- Place a layer of cling-wrap under any containers with liquids that could leak due to the aeroplane pressure
- If your bag isn’t full, fill dead space with bubble wrap to avoid any damage
- Wrap your shoes in a shower cap to keep the dirt from invading your belongings
- Organise earrings and small jewellery in a medicine container
Good packing is the first step towards ensuring your school trip is a resounding success. For more ingenious packing tips and tricks, reach out to our travel experts!