Watch packing become your strongest suit by following some simplistic steps mentioned below.
Jot it Down
You might think that you can probably memorize it all but you tend to miss on something. Then note it down, it will also serve as a last-minute checklist. Divide your checklist into sections like clothes, toiletries, shoes, accessories, medicine, books etc. Prioritize according to your requirements. You can also make a digital list. Set a reminder note on your phone to avoid missing out on any final additions to your luggage. So, in case of any doubt turn the pages around or set that alarm, whatever works for you.
Do a Weather Check
Ever heard dress according to the occasion? Exactly, match the weather and pack accordingly. Check the current climate as well and keep track of the weather forecast. Grab your woollen jackets, gloves and socks. Save your track pants, leggings and other absorbent material pants. Skip the jeans entirely as they are not made of a flexible material and when added with the additional layer of snow pants, they may leave you feeling stiff, impeding your ability to turn and move on the slopes. Of course, you should be prepared to play snowballs on a snowy day in Manali.
Pre-Plan your Outfit
Cut down the extras and save that space. Pack those trousers only if you know you will be wearing them with a specific T-shirt and a pair of shoes. Instead of packing single items decide your whole outfit. You can also choose to mismatch, save space and avoid over-packing. If you are planning to go to the beach immediately after checking in at your hotel, pack your swimwear the last. So you won’t need to rummage in your bag. After all, it all boils down to smart packing.
Travel Size Bottles
We all have those big-size bottles at home but let’s be honest it’s impractical to carry them. Travel-friendly bottles are the right choice to opt for, they fit well and prevent leakage. They are the most convenient way to bring your toiletries. Now you can have your shampoo, conditioner, and face wash hassle-free. You can also carry your required skin care products in small bottles and keep them in your purse. As it’s said healthy skin is a sun-kissed dream, never fail to apply your sunscreen.
Pouch it Up
Minimize your makeup. Ladies you may have 10 different shades of shadow but you need to carry limited items of makeup according to the looks you plan on creating. Prepare one pouch for all your makeup items which you can also carry in your handbag for last-minute touch-ups. Don’t forget to include your Vaseline too for some instant moisturization. Similarly, be prepared to address the health issues. Carry your medicines and Band-Aid in one pouch and make a first-aid kit for yourself.
Roll Them In
Having a hard time fitting those outfits in? It’s not just the quantity that matters but also how you pack your clothes. Fold the clothes as small as possible. Try the rolling method. Lay the tops face down, fold in the sleeves and roll from the bottom. It is also the best way to prevent creases. Always pack beginning with heavy items like jackets, saris/sarees, and suits. Follow the additional step of wrapping your sarees in a newspaper to avoid creases.
Use Packing Cubes
These packing cubes will save you the hustle of trying to fit in those asymmetrical, oddly shaped items, like your favourite puzzle. Separate your formal dresses, blazers, and shirts in respective packing cubes. Besides, keep your suitcase organized as they are very lightweight and thin, it makes sure you don’t lose any space. Now you can focus on getting ready for that business conference rather than looking for that tie
Carry a Mini Iron
Face touch-ups are a must but have you ever thought your clothes might also require one? Despite your efforts of keeping those garments wrinkle-free, creases will somehow sneak back in. That’s when your travel-size steam iron or garment steamer comes to the rescue. After all, you can’t afford to go wearing a wrinkled-up dress for your anniversary dinner. They are lightweight and take up very little space. Unless you are planning to go for a hike or a trek, carrying a mini iron won’t be an issue.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your worries away as you head out for your dream vacation while we take care to make your stay with us a memorable one at The Byke Hotels & Resorts.
Sneha Bansode – The Byke Team