Picture that you have just purchased plane tickets for an upcoming, multi-month trip to Europe. You have been planning the trip for what seems like forever and you are so excited for it. But in your fury of excitement, what you may not have planned for is just how much clothing and items you’ll need. Remember, you’ll basically need to pack all you’ll need in those months if you can’t buy it there.
While most people pack a carry-on and a suitcase, let me give you a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t do that. First of all, checking a bag on a plane is not only expensive, but there is a real risk that your bag could get delayed and lost. This causes unbelievable inconveniences and can put a big damper on your trip.
Secondly, having a big old suitcase is fine if you are staying in the same hotel or house the whole time, but if you are on the go a lot (which you likely will be on your trip), it is not practical at all. You will constantly have to watch over the suitcase and take it with you everywhere you go. It is a waste of space and more of a hindrance than a help.
So, how in the world are you supposed to pack enough clothing for a long trip with only a small carry-on? Well, you watch Rachel Grant’s packing video. If there were ever an Olympics for getting the most out of the limited space inside your carry-on bag, she would surely take the gold.
In the video, Rachel Grant is able to pack an outstanding 100 items in a single, tiny carry-on bag. And these aren’t just little travel trinkets, she even fits an entire rack of clothing in there! And while you might not be able to hit the magic number of 100 (her level of expertise doesn’t come easy), you will surely save yourself a ton of space and headaches that come along with lugging around a full sized suitcase.
She has a few tiny and easy tips that will be a huge help in the packing process. One such tip is to use rubber bands to compress things down like shoes and clothes. Another is to use packing cubes to keep things organized. Now, also consider where you are going.
If you are travelling to a beach climate, you should not waste space with winter clothing and vice versa. Also, make sure a lot of your fabric choices in your clothing is light, so you can fit more of it in there. Using these tips (and checking out her video and others like it) will help ease that anxiety about packing that so many travelers experience.
Check the video out here and it will without a doubt help you be a more efficient packer so you can enjoy your trip without hassle.