Packing Hacks: 7 Strategic Packing Hacks You Need to Know

Packing Hacks: 7 Strategic Packing Hacks You Need to Know

By The AirHelper・Last updated on May 23, 2019

Travel packing hacks make us pack more effectively and travel more efficiently.

Whether you are a frequent traveler or about to make your first trip, you’re bound to be interested in the best travel packing hacks.

Simple travel packing tips make life a lot easier and put you on the path toward efficient and expert traveler status.

7 Packing Hacks You Need to Know

1. Have a “Spontaneity Bag” Ready to Go

Toiletries and other travel essentials can feel laborious to pack again and again. When packing for a flight, instead of gathering several small things you need for each trip, prepack a few of your “must-haves” into an accessible bag or pack that you grab before each flight.

Keep your “spontaneity bag” in the same place, so when it’s time to go further afield, you can just grab and go. This makes packing the rest of your things so much easier and faster.

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2. Packing Clothes Hacks: Bundle Your Clothes

When it comes to packing clothes hacks, rolling clothes is something some travelers do. However, this is not the only way to save space or keep clothes wrinkle-free. Kate McPherson, director of Utah Valley University’s Honors Program, habitually travels from the US to the UK for conferences and study abroad programs. She swears by this travel strategy and says that bundling saves time. It helps keep clothing ready for whatever adventure or meeting you may (or may not) have scheduled.

This intersectional approach to packing clothes is the ultimate space saver. nLaura Sinberg and Joel Holland visually outline this simple step-by-step bundling process in Real Simple, because it really is that simple.

3. Save Your Eyes: Carry Eye Spray

An aircraft’s less than awesome pressurized cabin wreaks havoc on the eyes. Utilizing an eye spray makes all the difference.

An eye spray isn’t messy and won’t make you look emotionally distraught like some eye drops do. Maybe you’re on a red-eye flight or you might have a travel-filled day, but your eyes don’t have to show it. Solutions like Optrex ActiMist are priceless little lifesavers.

4. Pack Portable Chargers for Devices

There are several options for light-weight portable chargers which are imperative to travel success. This way, you can keep devices active and ready, whether you’re working on the go, updating your favorite people along the way, or checking for flight reimbursements if an airline delayed, canceled, or overbooked your flight.

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5. Establish an Electronics Pouch

Stow essential chargers, cables, and small electronics in one convenient pouch to make the most of packing space and time. When it comes to strategic packing, you could, for example, re-appropriate an old toiletry bag or use something smaller like a zip-up bag. Convert that into an electronics pouch for more seamless travel. You’ll have all those items in one place and won’t have to fish through multiple pockets in your luggage to find what you’re looking for.

6. Pack the Right Apps into Your Phone

We all know that even in the most populated and seemingly connected places, fluid connectivity can be an obstacle. If you’re going somewhere new, pre-download a city or area map with HERE WeGo, which allows access to addresses and maps without the internet.

You can also boost productivity and enrich your overall travel experiences with top business travel apps.

7. Save Yourself with Spare Socks

Travel is full of hustle and bustle, so strategically pack a spare pair of socks. Take off your shoes after you board the plane (your feet will likely swell during the flight anyway) and put on some fresh socks. They’ll keep your feet warm, help you relax, and make sure that you won’t annoy your travel neighbor with stinky paws that come from navigating the outside world and the airport.

Packing for a Flight…

These 7 hacks are to make your life more seamless so that you can swiftly and confidently jet off to the airport. If upon arrival, your airline is not as prepared as you are, that’s where we can lighten the load. Just check your flight. You’re ready and so are we. No matter where you are from you can be eligible for compensation if you are delayed to or from Europe. Check flight delay compensation Canada, if you are a citizen there.

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Do you have your own packing hacks you’d like to share? Help out fellow travelers and tell us your ideas about how to travel more efficiently.

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