There’s very few things that make me happier than traveling. I’m one of those people who remains excited throughout the whole process – from dreaming of a destination, booking the flights, creating an itinerary, enduring a long flight, to exploring new places, experiencing the unknown, making memories, etc. There’s one part of the process that I failed to mention though, and that’s packing. I don’t necessarily hate packing for a trip (because it’s still part of the experience), but I do find it challenging, and I know a lot of people struggle when it comes to packing too.
I have an upcoming trip to NYC this weekend, and although I haven’t physically started packing yet, the “packing process” has begun in my mind the minute I booked the trip. As a (somewhat compulsive) planner, a lot goes through my mind when I contemplate what I need to pack, so I’m going to share a few simple, but very helpful tips that keep me sane during the process.
- Check the weather – this seems simple enough, but it has such a big impact on what you need to bring for your trip. We all know that weather is unpredictable and can change at any time, and we need to be prepared for all possible scenarios, but it does help to generally know what to expect and prepare for.
- Have an itinerary – knowing what activities you have planned for the trip helps with packing because you know exactly what you’re going to be doing and how you want to dress, so packing those specific clothes, shoes, etc. makes it so much easier.
- Don’t over-pack – I’m definitely guilty of this for any given trip, because I always think “oh, just in case.” I’ll pack a shirt I haven’t worn in 3 years, “just in case” I decide to wear it on my 3 day trip…yeah, right. This is the worst mistake you can make, because not only does it take up extra space in your suitcase, but it makes it harder to decide what to wear because your options are overwhelming.
- Plan your outfits ahead of time – Knowing exactly what you’ll be wearing for each day/night activity is a game changer and will save you the stress of picking what to wear once you’re there. It’s probably smart to have at least one additional outfit though, you know “just in case.” HA, but in all seriousness, if you happen to spill or rip something, or the weather suddenly drastically changes, you’ll want to have a backup.
- Coordinate with those traveling with you – I love knowing what others on the trip are planning on bringing/wearing because then I have some guidelines for what I should pack. Sharing is caring people, and this will be mutually beneficial to all those involved on the trip. It’s also super helpful to discuss and remind each other, because most likely one of you is definitely forgetting something.
- Don’t forget all your essentials – for those who travel often, you know what your must haves are on any given trip. Passport, ID, phone charger, headphones, wallet, money, water bottle, snacks… you get the picture. You know what you need on a regular day and you will likely need that when you travel as well.
Thinking through these tips has helped me as I currently pack for my trip, and I hope you find them useful next time you’re traveling.
A working professional and a lifelong dreamer, Bohdana strives to merge her passions with her everyday reality. She is a proud Ukrainian and a loyal Chicagoan (despite the winters). She loves traveling, reading, pursuing self-improvement, and sharing her stories. Allow this blog to bring you motivation and inspiration on your own journey to rise beyond.