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How to Pack a Suitcase Efficiently and Perfectly

How to Pack a Suitcase Efficiently and Perfectly
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I’d always been a reluctant traveler, concerned with what taking a trip would do to the daily routine I’d worked so hard to sustain. My Type A personality caused me to take “there’s no place like home” to a whole new—and probably unhealthy—level. This all changed when I learned how to pack a suitcase: it kept my Type A personality busy while simultaneously taking away every excuse I’d make to get out of traveling, allowing me to experience… well, experiences.

Trust me, when you know how to pack a suitcase, you’re so ready for your adventure to start you literally strut to the airport. Bring. It. On.

Make sure you provide yourself with plenty of time to pack for your trip. In other words, don’t leave your packing until the night before (or the morning before if you’re uber-crazy). The more time you have to pack, the less likely you’ll find yourself carting around unnecessary items and forgetting necessary ones. (I won’t even get into the toothbrush incident of ’02.)

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to pack your suitcase so efficiently, nothing will get in the way of you putting your feet up when you’ve reached your destination.

1. Choose proper luggage.

How to Pack a Suitcase

    How long is your trip going to be? Is it a business trip or a personal getaway?

    Answering these two questions will help you determine the size and type of luggage you’ll need to take with you. If you’re going away for the weekend, you’ll only need a tote bag, whereas a 10-day excursion will require a snazzy suitcase on wheels.

    2. Check the weather.

    While no weather forecast is 100 percent accurate, having a general idea of what the weather’s going to be like during your trip will help you decide on the clothes you should pack.

    Print out your forecast from The Weather Network and set it by your suitcase for when you’re choosing outfits. Download their app to your phone or tablet so you can also keep tabs during your travels.

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    3. Go over your itinerary.

    What will you be doing on your trip? It’s important to not only pack for what you’re definitely doing, but for spontaneous celebrations and events that might pop up.

    If you’re planning your trip through a travel agent, he/she can supply you with a solid amount of information on recommended dress requirements for your destination. Travel brochures and websites are also helpful.

    Have your family or friends visited where you’re going? Ask them what they packed (or wished they packed). If you can’t get in touch with them, see if they have photo albums from their trip on Facebook to help spark ideas.

    4. Create an itemized checklist.

    One of the best tools to keep my Type A personality at bay during the packing process is a detailed checklist of what I need to bring. Otherwise, I’d be so paranoid about forgetting something, I’d pack my entire bedroom and bathroom.

    It’s also a great way to put your trip into perspective. As soon as you’re done your list, you’ll immediately start slashing what’s unnecessary. Bonus tip: take your list with you to make sure you don’t leave anything behind on your way home.

    If you’re someone who doesn’t travel often (like me), use a suggested list of items as a starting point. The two best I’ve found are courtesy of Squawkfox and The Art of Manliness.

    5. Invest in travel gear.

    Most grooming accessories and hygiene products are available in travel sizes. Some recommend purchasing your toiletries at your destination to save space, but if you’re picky about your beauty routine (again, like me), do yourself a solid and make sure you have on hand:

    • a mini brush and comb
    • travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste
    • mini zip-top bags for jewelry
    • travel-sized bottles for your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizer, etc.
    • large zip-top bags for your bottles in case they leak, and your shoes
    • a second set of chargers for your laptop/tablet and cell phone specifically for travel
    • a mini hair dryer (which doubles as a steamer if any clothing ends up wrinkled)

    Pack these items in an outside pocket or at the top of your case so no pressure is put on them, and they can easily be accessed at airport security.

    6. Pack outside your suitcase.

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    How to Pack a Suitcase

      Collect everything on your itemized list and place the items around your suitcase so you can decide what will make the cut.

      How to Pack a Suitcase

        Focus on basic neutral colors such as black, white, grey, navy, and accent prints. The more versatile your clothing, the easier it will be to mix and match outfits, and therefore you won’t have to pack as much.

        Choose versatile styles of clothing made of fabric that doesn’t wrinkle easy. Eight versatile pieces that blend well together will create up to 24 different outfits! For example, a tank top and pair of comfy shorts can double as pajamas, and a big t-shirt can double as both a nightie and cover-up for the beach.

        Use accents such as jewelry and scarves to pump up the volume on your outfits—they barely take up any space!

        How to Pack a Suitcase

          When it comes to shoes, wear your heaviest shoes and choose comfortable, light ones to pack.

          7. Remove your pet.

          How to Pack a Suitcase

            By now, your pet is likely sensing you’re going on a trip and is trying to make you feel very guilty about it.

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            8. Pack awkward items first.

            How to Pack a Suitcase

              Pack items likes shoes, blow dryers, and purses around the outer perimeter, and work your way in. Perfect the use of the nook and cranny: use the odd-shaped cracks between these items to tuck in your socks, bathing suits, and belts.

              How to Pack a Suitcase

                Stuff your undergarments in your shoes to both maximize space, and keep your shoes from squishing.

                This process helps to evenly distribute the weight of your items so nothing ends up broken/crushed during your trip.

                9. Master folding techniques.

                How to Pack a Suitcase

                  Organize your clothes in bundles: tank tops in one, tees in another, shorts in another, and so forth.

                  How to Pack a Suitcase

                    Roll each bundle (thicker items such as sweaters will have to be rolled individually).

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                    How to Pack a Suitcase

                      Not only does this save space, it decreases the chance of wrinkles.

                      How to Pack a Suitcase

                        Place each bundle side-by-side in your suitcase.

                        10. Wear bulky items there and back.

                        How to Pack a Suitcase

                          If you wear your bulkier items—such as your coat, jeans and sweater—as opposed to packing them, this will save loads of space in your suitcase. Plus, dressing in layers offers you the convenience of adding or discarding them depending on the temperature.

                          11. Leave room for souvenirs.

                          You know as well as I do you’ll want to bring home souvenirs from your trip for your home, family and friends. Make sure to leave room for such items.

                          12. Organize your carry-on.

                          Consider your carry-on an emergency kit: if you were to ever lose your luggage or get stuck at the airport, what essentials would you need to have with you to enjoy your trip no matter what happens? Here are just some of the items you should consider including in your carry-on:

                          • make-up
                          • prescribed medication
                          • anti-nausea, pain killers, antacid
                          • ointment, Immodium, bug spray, Benadryl
                          • prescription glasses and sunglasses
                          • bottled water and snacks
                          • toothbrush and toothpaste
                          • swimsuit and sunscreen
                          • books/magazines
                          • cash/I.D.

                          While learning how to pack a suitcase, what’s the best tip you discovered along the way?

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                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                          Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                          By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                          Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                          83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                            84 write random letter

                              85 use a rubberband

                                86 dorm smell bad

                                  87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                    89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                      90 take a picture of the name card

                                        91 iron inside out

                                          92 old newspaper

                                            93 tumble try shoes

                                              keep a card like this

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                                                  94 soap bar

                                                    95 make a hole

                                                      96 drop the battery

                                                        97 use a coozie

                                                          98 when taking a picture

                                                            use a clean dust pan

                                                              try a pants hanger

                                                                use your cellphone light

                                                                  use a spring from an old pen

                                                                    quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                      user binder clips

                                                                        wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                          put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                            clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                              use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                  use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                    use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                      freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                        use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                          almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                            sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                              unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                  remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                    turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                      for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                        how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                          tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                            place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                              ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                  take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                    how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                      put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                        How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                          user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                            good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                              turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                  the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                    add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                      38

                                                                                                                                        hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                          stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                            the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                              how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                    to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                      user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                        a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                          rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                            use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                              50

                                                                                                                                                                51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                  52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                    rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                      kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                        use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                          58

                                                                                                                                                                            59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                              60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                  Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                    hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                      use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                          keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                              drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                    do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                      when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                          put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                            75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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