How to Pack
By Abby M.
With summer break fast approaching, many students will be packing their bags to head to their summer vacation destinations, and all of us know the sitting-on-the-suitcase struggle: you pack everything you think you need, and now you are sitting on your suitcase, trying to get it to close. With these tips, however, you won’t be sitting on your suitcase anytime soon.
- Only pack what you need! Yes, you MIGHT need that blow dryer, or extra pair of shoes, or fancy dress, but in all likelihood, all they will be doing is sitting and taking up space. Do your luggage bag a favor and leave them out.
- Know the weather. Check the forecast a few days before your trip, and pack for the weather. This way you won’t end up in shorts and a tank top in 40 degree weather, or heavy woolen clothes in 80 degree weather. You should pack a few clothes that diverge from what you would pack for the weather, but this way, you won’t have to pack complete sets of clothing for two different temperatures.
- Know your clothes’ lifespan. No, I don’t mean how long they will live, I mean, how long can you wear them before they need to be washed? Most shirts are 2 days, 3 days for pants, and 3 days for pajamas. You also need to pack underwear wisely, one and a half pairs for every day you will be at your destination. That means if you are going on a five day trip, you should pack 8 pairs. The same rule applies to socks.
- Pack simple pieces. Don’t pack that bright green and orange shirt that only goes with that one skirt. Pack clothes that work with almost everything else you pack. This way, you can re-wear clothes, without wearing the same outfit. My rule of thumb is that if less than 2/3 of the rest of your clothes match with it, it doesn’t come with you.
- Make sure you have the supplies for everything you plan on doing. If you are going to Hawaii, please don’t forget to pack sunscreen, and when traveling to Siberia, make sure you include a heavy coat. Save the time and money that you would spend buying the things you forgot by packing them in the first place. Commonly forgotten things are sunglasses and sunscreen, swimsuit, beach towels, and heavy coats.
Hopefully, with these tips, you will never suffer from sitting-on-the-suitcase struggle again. Enjoy the ease of packing for your summer trip, and use the time you wouldn’t spend packing to relax and unwind before your trip.
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