8 Tips for Successful Last-Minute Packing

8 Tips for Successful Last-Minute Packing

Forgot you needed to pack for a trip? We got your back!

When you're juggling with school, work, and social events, time just flies by. The next thing you know, you're going away for a few days! Here's what you should do when you're packing at the last minute:

1. Check the weather

It's important to check the weather first. This will show you what you need to pack and be prepared for.

2. Make a list of items to bring

Break down your packing list to the following categories: clothes, electronics, food, personal care, essentials. Then, bullet point the items you need. And then only when you put the item in your bag do you then delete the item on the list, because if you're forgetful like me, you will realize you forgot to pack socks for winter break and have to buy new ones from 3 towns over.

3. Don't overpack

People usually do this wherever they go. An easy solution is packing the essential clothing you need first, e.g. raincoat, comfy sleepwear, etc. Then, you can pick some of your favorite outfits and choose between them. You don't need 5 dresses for a 2-day trip. Think about what you will actually wear.

4. Overpack

"Wait, but you just said don't do it."

Yes, BUT there are some items you need extras of, such as socks and tops. You never know how many pairs of socks you need. They could get wet from the rain or you might need to wear multiple pairs if it's cold where you're going. As for tops, they could be covered in sweat or have food stains or you could spill something on it. Either way, you will not want to stay in those all day, which is why extras come in handy. That's not to say pack twenty shirts for a 5-day trip. Being realistic is important here.

5. Rolling is key

Personally, I have never tried this, but some people swear by it. They advise packers to role their clothes to save luggage space and reduce wrinkles. You can also attempt what this insanely skilled guy did.

6. Comfortable footwear

This will make or break your trip, especially if you're going to be walking around a lot. Also, you need something comfortable to stay on your feet while you're riding the bus or on the plane. You may think it's silly because you're not walking, but it's like choosing a blanket made out of fur or sandpaper. You're not going to be moving, but you still want something comfortable to hug your feet.

7. Carry-on is necessary

That may not be the case when you're flying (because some airline companies charge for carry-on's), but having a bag on you when you're in a vehicle is great, because you can pack the essential things you need to keep you happy, entertained, and comfortable.

Be aware that some buses and planes get really cold, so you'll want to bring a flannel or a sweatshirt with you. Also, some people like to have their electronics and chargers on them so the items don't get lost and are accessible. However, it's not ideal when you have a phone, an iPad, and a laptop to account for. It's best to just have a bag with you to keep all your items in one place.

8. Entertainment

That leads us to the next thing: if you're traveling for a long time, you need entertainment. Bring a book, a laptop with downloaded movies, or music and games. You can also talk to the person sitting next to you and make a new friend.

Bon voyage!

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12 Frightful Flight Struggles That Make You Want To Fly Straight Home

Flying may seem like fun and games, but it really does come with a lot of baggage.

When most people picture flying (on an airplane of course), or see any airlines ads on TV they see a calm relaxed person who seems to be smiling continuously. As they glance out the window at the beautiful fluffy clouds, they are served all the snacks they desire by gorgeous flight attendants that could pass as models. However, in my case, and as many frequent flyers would know, this isn't the reality for 99 percent of the flying population. Sure, I find the actual experience of flying on an airplane surreal and magical, but it doesn't come without its baggage.

1. Before the trip is when the literal baggage begins.

2. It's all fun and games, until you realize your airlines has a one suitcase limit, you have an hour left to pack... and you haven't started.

3. You have to make sure you have all of the travel documents you need and that they are all up to date

And if they aren't, get ready to stand in some very long lines...

4. At the airport, you have to lug around all of your suitcases until you check them in.

5. Your suitcase weighs too much and you try to reduce the weight in any way possible to avoid paying extra.

This includes eating any food you packed in your bag on-the spot and throwing away anything that may weigh too much.

6. You have to go through the extremely picky and long airport security line (which is necessary to be safe) and take things out of the overstuffed bag that you worked so hard to zip up.

7. When you are hungry and forgot to pack snacks and your only option is buying overpriced airport food.

Bottled water should never be seven dollars.

8. Your flight gets canceled or delayed over and over again and you have to find ways to kill time.

9. On the flight, your body is in confusion because your flight is at 3 a.m., plus you are flying across time zones.

10. You sit next to someone that bothers you.

And have to find a way to keep your sanity for the rest of the flight, which can sometimes be more than 16 hours, while sitting in one place.

11. All the possible scenarios of how a flight accident can occur start to pop up in your head.

And you actually begin to pay especially close attention to the safety demonstrations.

12. You have to use the bathroom really badly...

... but you have to crawl over three people to get out of your seat to actually get to the bathroom.

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