I had my fair share of packing my bags with clothes that I didn’t even use during the duration of my trip. You’ll probably wonder why. Well, I didn’t do my assignment properly before embarking on a journey.
Traveling is just not bringing your travel documents, putting clothes in the bags, and going to the airport for the big travel day. Traveling needs planning too, the same way you will do on what kinds of garment will be best suited for your journey.
Here are simple tips to consider when packing the right clothing to ensure a more comfortable, and joyous trip:
Know your destination’s climate/season
This is one of the primary reason why I wasn’t able to use some of my packed clothes during my trip to Budapest last September of 2016. I know that Budapest is in Hungary and the latter is in Europe. Having been to Europe many times, I assumed that by September, the weather would have cooled down to warrant a jacket, and thicker fabric for my tops. I have been to Germany in August and it was cold already for me. I didn’t check about Hungary’s climate. So, I packed mostly long sleeved tops with thick fabric.
Assumption will only throw you off with your planning. Do your research. Know your destination’s climate. Check for weather forecast, and what season they have there.
Ever since that not-so-smart-packing event, I have been more diligent in doing my assignment by checking weather forecast before I arrive to the destination. I even check historical data of how the weather was like a year before just to give me an idea if I should bring coats, tops that I could layer later on.
Find out the weather/season of your destination. Pack warm clothing if you are heading to a colder country. Pack light clothing if you are going to the tropical areas, and check the season! I cannot stress these info enough.
For someone who has been traveling for a long time, I should have gotten this one right.
Identify the type of trip
This trip could be one or the other or both. Identify if the trip is solely for outdoors like trekking or hiking (and even camping). Is this for business? Is this purely for leisure? Are you going to attend formal functions? Just by knowing the purpose of the travel itself, can give you the idea of what to take along, like what fabric is best for warm weather.
Pack clothes that are usually neutral in color so you can mix and match them depending on the activity you have planned for the day. Doing so can help you to avoid over packing. And here’s another tip so your bags won’t be bulky with so much clothes that you will barely wear, try bringing along wash-and-wear types of fabric if in case you are traveling during the warmer months. There are thin thermal wear available too that are not very bulky, and are quite warm which makes them perfect for colder season. My favorite brand for thermal wear is Uniqlo.
Bring the right clothing size
We sometimes forget that we are going on a trip, and with those trips, sometimes we can get engage in lots of walking for tours and sightseeing. What if you have mistakenly packed a loose trouser without a belt, and soon found yourself walking alongside other tourists in the tour group. Oh, the only difference there is, they are having a comfortable, fun time walking along while you tug your loose pants with one hand, and hold the map on the other. Got the picture?
Bring only clothes that fit you properly, that means, not too loose, not too tight. Clothes that are your right size allows you for more freedom of movement without tugging on your skin nor falling off your waist.
Bring your undergarment
Trust me, even the most seasoned traveler like myself can still go wrong in this department. Sometimes, I would pack all my underwear and not my camisole to go under my very thin and see-through blouse. So, I end up buying one.
Bring 1 or two camisole to go along the color of your tops. These are very lightweight and will not take so much space as they can be very small when rolled and stashed in the luggage.
As for your undergarment, make sure the garters are not loose and frayed. Don’t throw in just any kind of underwear. The ones you take along must also fit you well and has no loose garter or broken bra hooks, and stuff like that. You don’t want to keep tugging on your underwear that keeps sliding off your waist, right? How about bra straps that keep falling off and you keep fixing it? Very cumbersome! If you’re a guy, you might have it a little easier, but these briefs here are a great place to start.
Bring the right footwear
Time and time again, we still get this wrong for many reasons. We pack so many footwear for many activities. Why not, bring a sneakers or rubber shoes instead if you are going to be active during the trip instead of bringing one for walking on tours, one for use when you try the gym in the hotel, flat shoes for other days, flip flops when going to the beach, and the list can go on. Bring one rubber shoes if you plan to run, and take long walks. Bring flip flops, and a flat shoes that you can dust off easily if you are going to the beach. If you are going during winter time, bring a nice boots that can be used even during snow time. Don’t bring your entire shoe closet.
Now that you have all these handy tips to help you pack the right clothing for a more comfortable trip, make sure you do not over pack too. The best way to enjoy a trip is to pack only the essentials.