Packing Tips for long haul travel

If you're not a particularly careful packer you would be best advised to pack clothes with fabrics that require little care (wrinkle-free). If you pack carefully there is less chance that your items will become creased in transit.

When it comes down to packing your bags, common sense should prevail. Here are a few tips you might find useful:

 
  • Don't pack any knives or sharp objects in your carry on luggage.
  • Don't joke when asked about the contents of your bag.
  • Most people pack much more than they need. Don't worry its natural. If you remember to pack only what you really need you should be fine. Try to pack items of clothing that complement each other, that way you can pack less and have a greater combination of outfits.
  • Raincoats are great. A travel raincoat (or poncho) takes up very little space and can come in very handy.
  • Wet wipes (like the disposable wipes they uses for babies) are fantastic when you are traveling, especially if you are back packing or visiting or staying in places that are not that 'clean'.
  • If you're not a particularly careful packer you would be best advised to pack clothes with fabrics that require little care (wrinkle-free). If you pack carefully there is less chance that your items will become creased in transit.
  • A change of clothes in your carry-on luggage is always a good idea.
  • Pack for the climate you intent to travel to. A safari suit in Moscow isn't going to go down too well.
  • With toiletries, bring mini-bottles or sample sizes to conserve space. Remember to pack them in a plastic bag just in case there is a breakage or leak. If you intend to wash your clothes while you are away take a little bit of detergent as well. Washing your clothes while you are away may mean you have to pack less.
  • Shoes should go on the bottom of your suitcase/bag. Also, remember to put them in a plastic bag because you don't want your other items to get dirty.
  • Since we are all suckers for souvenirs and shopping in strange new places, it is very likely that you will come back with more in your bags than when you left in the first place. Remember to leave room or carry a bag that is expandable.
  • Small, breakable items are best packed in between items of clothing. The more cushioning the better. If the item is particularly valuable you might want to keep it in your hand luggage so you can keep an eye on it.
  • When packing a rucksack or travel backpack, try to keep the heaviest items closest to the middle of the bag and against your back. This will balance the backpack and will stop all the weight dropping into your hips and hindering your walking technique. The backpack should sit just nicely above your hips and not prevent your natural walking style.