DIY: Pack Hack

Are you a chronic over-packer?

We all know that packing can be an annoying and daunting task. Which pants should I bring? Is this jacket worth the weight? Can someone help me sit on my suitcase so that I can zip it shut? This process can take hours, especially if you are a chronic over-packer like me. Over the past 15 years, it seems as if I am always packing a suitcase for a weekend getaway, trip abroad, or summer experience. The packing never ends. I attended camp for ten years, traveled to Israel twice, attended many sleepover parties, hosted countless conferences for my high school youth group, am constantly driving to and from college and home, and went abroad trekking all over Europe for five months. I think that it is safe to say that I am a pretty experienced packer and have accumulated some pretty helpful advice along the way. It is time to take the “ack!” out of “pack” and handle your next adventure with the finesse of an experienced globetrotter, the organizational methods of a mother, and the ease of a lazy suzan. My tips are below!

  1. Roll your clothes instead of folding them
  2. Pack more socks and underwear than you think you need
  3. Check the weather beforehand
  4. Always keep a list of essential items handy
  5. Make sure to pack electronics safely (tuck between clothing layers)
  6. (If you are going on a trip without the resources to do laundry) Pack your outfits in ziplock bags complete with underwear and socks for each day
  7. Make sure to bring at least one pair of comfy shoes
  8. Pack tide-to-go and scented clothing spray to refresh your clothes
  9. Go through everything twice and ask yourself: do I really need this?
  10. Pack clothing that can be easily layered
  11. Pack neutral clothing that matches everything
  12. Buy travel-sized items when necessary to avoid taking up too much space
  13. Always pack a plastic bag to separate dirty clothes from clean clothes
  14. Bring your favorite clothes. This way you will always want to wear what you brought.
  15. Fill your shoes with socks and underwear 


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