So you are embarking on a 10-day international trip next week. Your first one. That you are excited and thrilled and happy and a bundle of energy all at the same time is just an understatement. But there’s a lurking fear about the impediments that can mar your sojourn. What if you forget your passport at home? What if you miss your flight? Will you be comfortable with the local cuisine there? What if you are not? What if it starts raining and your umbrella’s untraceable? What if the trip is jinxed? What if your travel bag just rips open? What if all your stuff comes spewing out in the middle of the road on a completely foreign land?
Well. Well. Well! Let me handle this last bit for you. At the end of this post you’ll at least be sure that you’ll never ever be in such a situation. I mean the travel bag bit. There’s a technical way of doing things and yes, packing your travel bag is one of them. Everyone will tell you to travel light. And rightly so because you and only have to lug your luggage everywhere. At most destinations you might not find porters and given the dearth of trolley, you may not always be the lucky one to get hold of one.
To begin with, understand that your suitcase has compartments for obvious reasons. Use them to keep things in order so that you find what you need in an instant! Here, I am showing you how to pack your clothes so that you are saved from the bother of ironing them again when you reach your destination. That’s sheer waste of time especially because you should be out there exploring a new city when you are sitting in your hotel room ironing out wrinkles after a long and tiring journey.
The best way to carry clothes during sojourns and especially longer ones is to roll them. This not only accommodates more clothes in your suitcase but also saves them from wrinkling.
Here’s how you effectively fold a t-shirt. Place it flat with the back towards you. Next, get the sleeves of the t-shirt together. Now fold the t-shirt in half towards the back. Turn it around and yes, it’s neatly folded! You are sorted! Work on the other t-shirts in a similar way. When done, roll them neatly avoiding any creases along the way right up to the collar.
Trousers are easier in comparison to roll and pack. Swing the trousers in mid air and join the legs seam to seam. Fold them in a way that the back pockets meet while the front pockets are on the outside. Now place them on a flat surface with the ends of the legs towards you. Roll the trousers from the hip to the bottom clearing folds or wrinkles if any.
This can be quite tricky but if you align them properly you may be saved of a headache every morning during your trip. Take a pair and place them one under the other leaving a gap of about a couple of inches. If you still haven’t got it, one sock from the pair goes beneath the other one–the top sock about two inches below the bottom one.
If you have decided which clothes you will wear according o the itinerary, obviously your socks would have been prioritised too. In that case you can create a string of socks in the technique I’ve mentioned above. Personally, I like to fold one pair at a time. Now roll the socks.
How to place your clothes in the suitcase
** Just like everything else there’s a way to keep your clothes in the travel suitcase. There’s always a threat that clothes will unroll and cause a chaos in your suitcase and in turn wreak havoc on your trip. To avoid this make sure that the end of the roll is against the bottom.
** Keep heavier clothes on the top so that the clothes below do not shift from their place and stay rolled.
** Placing clothes in a tight sequence also helps to exert some pressure and avoid wrinkles on the clothes.
Be careful of
** As rolling clothes creates more space in a suitcase it is likely that you will be tempted to load more stuff into it. This will make your luggage heavier and could pose a problem for you if you are going to be in and out of hotels and airports during your long journey ahead.
** Delicate clothes may be ruined if they are rolled very tightly.
** Overloading your travel bag may result in heavy pressure on the clothes and it is very likely that the ones at the bottom get wrinkled in spite of all your efforts.
Well, so here we are then, at the end of these little bits of advice for travellers embarking on a long journey. These tips are a result of my travel experiences and I will keep adding more to enrich and ease your journey. I promise.
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