One of the best things about traveling is access to unique shopping experiences. If you are anything like us, you love to take some time to grab one of a kind souvenirs, memorabilia, and even some great fashion items to step up your wardrobe. However, when it’s time to pack up and head home, your vacation shopping can become a real pain. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. With some smart packing tips, you can not only shop til you drop, you can get it all home without a problem. Here are some essential packing tips for the travel shopper:
1. Bring Only What You Need:
This sounds pretty straightforward, but frankly most of us overpack. Before you set out on your trip, keep in mind you will do some shopping and will need room. Streamline your packing down to just the essentials. Start with matching coordinates for your wardrobe. With 3 tops and 3 bottoms that all match, you can have 9 full outfits. Then consider the items that will be provided by the hotel like soap, toothpaste, and a hairdryer and skip packing them. Finally, anything you aren’t sure about, go ahead and skip. Worst case scenario, you can buy it on the road.
2. Fold, Roll, and Tie Your Clothes
Rather than just simply folding your clothes and placing them into the suitcase, use a mixture of packing methods. Rolling and tying can be a very effective way to reduce the size of your clothing. With these methods, you’ll be able to tuck larger items into small, tight corners and really optimize the space inside your suitcase. You’ll be surprised by how much you can get into your suitcase by varying your packing methods.
3. Use Disposables Whenever You Can
When it comes to essentials like toiletries, consider using disposables. The little sets of fill your own travel sized bottles are adorable, but they take up room. If you use disposables of toiletries with limited use, when it’s time to pack up and come home, you can simply toss them. This will leave you with some serious extra room in your luggage you can use for your new items.
4. Plan What You Will Wear On The Plane Strategically
Look over all the items you have and consider how you can wear as many as possible on the plane. Start with wearing your largest pair of shoes. Since shoes can’t be compacted, they are often what takes up the most room. So if you have a pair of boots and a pair of oxfords, wear the boots. Next, think about how you can layer your clothing so that you can wear multiple pieces. Fortunately, most airports and airplanes are chilly, so you’ll have the added bonus of keeping warm. Wearing multiple pieces will free up a lot of space you can use to pack your new items.
5. Invest In A Great Bag
Finally, and probably most importantly, is you need a bag that can handle a heavy load. For the savvy shopper, we recommend the Falcon Wheeled Duffle Bag. It is the highest capacity carry on bag available. When you are heading out you can use it as two separate compartments to keep your things organized, but when you are heading back, you simply unzip the liner and you have one huge space to pack all your new items. The best part is the fastpass built-in means that no matter how tightly you pack your items, you won’t have to deal with unpacking them at the TSA line. You simply open up a flap to display your electronics and you’re good to go.
These easy tips will help you get everything you buy home without a problem. So go ahead and get that great item you’ve been eyeing since you got off the plane.
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