Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! Sorry for my long absence, I have been traveling in Northern Arizona to visit my parents with my boyfriend, Travis, and decompress before my semester starts in a couple of weeks.
From now on, my goal is to post at least twice a week. Onto business as usual, my tips for packing.
To begin with, these tips are for any amount of time while traveling. I personally was in London for a month, so I tried to pack accordingly.
Make sure to research the weather for the time of year you are going, but also be prepared for abrupt weather changes especially if you’re staying in England. When I was preparing to go to London, all the instructors said to pack layers and prepare for it to be cold. When we got there, it was humid, hot and miserable! A lot of my group was stuck in long sleeves and pants. Luckily we went to Primark to get a few things to help cool us down.
My first tip is to pack ahead of time. It may seem like a no-brainer, but packing ahead of time gives you the opportunity to look at the items you’ve packed to ensure you really need them. You may need 10 pairs of socks, but do you really need to bring your custom made Vans or Yeazy’s? Probably not. If you are a chronic procrastinator, try to pack early, it really will help you in the long run!
My second tip goes hand in hand with the first one. Keep your suitcase open. I know it sounds odd, but keeping your suitcase open and visible to you throughout the day can help you get rid of unnecessary items. I would go through my suitcase every few days and get rid of things that I realized I wouldn’t need in a London summer.
My third tip is to set a goal of getting rid of half of what you originally packed in your suitcase. When my instructor gave me this tip, I thought she was crazy. But, I actually did end up getting rid of half of the things I had originally packed. It saved a lot of space and weight for me to do this, and I had plenty of room to pack all of my souvenirs I had bought from London.
My Granny suggested that if you don’t want to get wrinkles in your clothes, you should roll your clothes with tissue paper. It will help prevent wrinkles and give you more space in your bag.
My final tip, which I found really useful to avoid being charged at the airport for a heavy bag was to buy a luggage weight scale. I picked mine up from Target for around $10, and you can get a digital or manual scale. It was really helpful when I was coming back to the States so I didn’t go over the weight limit.
My next blog post will be the positive and negative aspects of staying in an apartment abroad and being in a homestay. I experienced both of these while abroad, so I hope my experiences help you make that decision!