My Packing Tips
As complicated as my own packing becomes, there is always the Kow who packs for himself. Bravo you say! But then the cry comes from the hotel bathroom “Did you pack a toothbrush for me?” or “I don’t have shoelaces!”,and then you realize Cha Cha (my nickname from the grandkids) must be a mind reader and packer to boot.
Here is my paltry list of tips related to packing picked up over the years:
1) Bring an extra pair of glasses if you are useless without them.
2) Band aids ! For the blisters caused by wearing those new shoes one did not break in before your trip and for the hustle from one end of the airport to the other end for your connecting flight.
3) Resealable bags, lots of them, for oozing and breakable lotions in checked luggage, to compartmentalise make-up and medications, for storing worn socks and undies, and so on.
4) Crocheted brightly coloured covers for all handles on your luggage: a. Neat (no ends like ribbons etc to be snags waiting to happen on conveyor belts and the like); b. noticeable ( we can see ours across a crowded airport baggage claim); c. indestructible ( our much-travelled luggage is 12 years old, needs replacing, but my handiwork is still going strong); and d. comfy ( if heaven forbid one has to carry a bag as opposing to wheeling it).
5) No-wrinkle packing can be achieved by taking all your large garments such as tops, shirts, pants or dresses and layering them, extended flat with what does not fit hanging out over the side of the bag, in a continuous circle around the 4 sides. With everything in, comes the same process now with what was left hanging outside the bag, alternating around the sides so all your pieces becomes interconnectedly ” woven” together. This prevents sharp creases and works much better than the old ways of rolling or neatly folding garments. Gaps then get filled with items which can be rolled like socks and undies,etc. Very difficult to describe but really works. Here’s a great video (an oldie but goodie.) Except remember to pack the first needed items near or at the top of the stack!
If you can suggest ways to make packing less of a chore or have funny stories to relate on the subject, or any related tips, please comment. It would be greatly appreciated and just might add years to my (travelling) life.