With the summer setting in and the financial ended, this is the perfect time to take the most awaited summer holiday. One major problem, always is the issue of packing before every trip. How much to pack? What are the important things? What all to pack? Where to keep what? These are often the major questions on everybody’s mind especially if it is your first time travelling or your first trip to some place. Here are 10 packing hacks for all those confused or worried.

1.     Roll your clothes

Rolling clothes takes lesser place than folding them. Folding will not only crease your clothes but also consume more place in your backpack. It’s best to roll your t-shirts, pants or leggings and put them in a small compartment. If you aren’t sure of how long you are going to stay or if there is a laundry system, rolling your clothes is the best option.

2.     Fill your boots

Instead of keeping things separately, you can fill your boots with socks, root brush and other toiletries. Try and accommodate maximum stuff in minimum place, especially when you don’t know when you will return.

3.     Stop bottles from leaking

Especially in a backpack, bottles always tend to leak. This can be avoided if you cover it with a plastic covering like cellophane or they can be taped with a duct tape. You can keep your lotions, perfumes, shampoo intact in this manner

4.     Use a fragile sticker

Putting a fragile sticker on your backpack tends to keep away from mishandling of your backpack, especially by airline agencies. This will protect your stuff inside the backpack and not get squashed with the other baggage. There is also a chance it will be one of the first to come from the conveyer belt.

5.     Make your luggage look unique

Brands like Quechua, Mount track and Columbia, now being sold worldwide, there is a chance more than 2-3 people may have the same backpack. Hence, make it look different. You can attach a string, thread, patch or use a removable sticker to make identification simpler.

6.     Protect your razor with a binder clip

Protecting your razor will not only keep it away from getting rusted but will help in maintaining personal hygiene. Before it gets exposed to other materials in your backpack, put a binder clip on top of your razor for better protection.

7.     Keep jewellery in a pill container

Since you will be taking the rugged path and will be exploring the place for the first time, it is advisable not to carry gold along with you as. It is better to be safe than sorry. However, if you still want to carry your jewellery, it is best to keep them in air tight pill containers, which will not open up easily. You can put other essentials like booby pins and safety pins.

8.     Keep essentials in your hand baggage

Especially while travelling abroad, there are a few unfortunate times where your luggage is misplaced. Hence, keep a set of clothes in your hand luggage along with other essentials like your passport case, sunglasses and of course sunscreen for the summers.

9.     Keep cables in your glass case

In today’s world, people treat their cables with more love than their phones. These chargers and cables are very fragile and need to be taken care of during any trip. Keep them in the eye glasses case since they will not break or stretch. Also, carry a spike guard as most hotels and guest houses have only one plug point.

10. Carry a bottle wherever you go   

This is not just essential for the summers but for all climates. Water can be way expensive on both domestic and international airports. It is best you carry your own bottle wherever you go. All airports have water filters which is easily accessible. If you are worried about clean water during your journey, you could also carry a portable water filter.

Set on to the off beaten path this summer, do not forget your sunscreen and your sunglasses and pack light. Also do not forget to check the weather of the place before you go. Take care of yourself and your belongings. Love your backpack and make it the best summer of your lifetime. 

Text By: Ravina Banze

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