How to Pack for Your Next Trip: Travel Checklist

Whether it’s your first trip or you’re a seasoned world traveler, it’s always helpful to refresh yourself on the list of travel essentials to pack for your next trip.

Brown Tan Leather Weekender Bag on the Floor

As I mentioned a few times in the magazine, I like to travel – a lot. Let it be a 2-hour train ride or a 10-hour car drive. Most of the time, the most difficult part of the trip is the packing itself. We want to squeeze so much into our bags, but we can’t fit everything. With these smart tips, you can take more than you think. Today I’ll show you how to pack for your next trip.

Roll your clothes instead of folding them

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can make a huge difference in your packing game. I learned this skill many years ago from a video about the U.S. military. Often when you fold your clothes, you use more space than it would take with rolling. If you fold your clothes, you will have a lot of unused space in your bag.

How to Pack for Your Next Trip: A Man Rolling Up His Clothes
A Man Rolling Up His Clothes

If you need a simple visualization of how to efficiently roll your clothes for your next trip, check out the following video:

Pick the right travel bag

As I mentioned in a previous article about essential travel items, if you want to pack well for your next trip, first you need to buy the right bag for the occasion. Make sure to read that article, you will find a few good tips there. Once you have the right bag, the packing will be much simpler.

How to Pack for Your Next Trip:  Brown Weekender Bag
Gentleman Travel Essentials © Oliur

Always have some additional space in your bag

This is a point that I’ve learned many years ago from a Mr. Porter video. It is a must if you go on a long vacation and plan to pack a lot of things. We often pack our bags full of instincts and often forget that we might want to buy souvenirs. Anything can happen – you might find a new sweatshirt that you want to buy, but your bags are full, or you buy a nice gift for your family. Always keep some space in your bag.

How to Pack for Your Next Trip: A Man Packing His Suitcase
A Man Packing His Suitcase © Getty Images

Have a packing list

This is such an easy and helpful tip. When you start planning your next trip, start writing a list about all the needed items for the trip. It can be a simple check-box list. When you start packing for the trip you just need to go through the list and tick them. I have a few lists for different types of occasions. You can easily reuse them for future journeys.

How to Pack for Your Next Trip: A Laptop Coffee and a List
A Laptop, Coffee and a List © Andrew Neel

Start with the last item

A great tip when packing your bag is to start with the most unused item. I often start with flip-flops or shoes if I am packing them because it is most likely that those two will be the last items I need. You might need a sweatshirt or change T-shirt from your bag and it is not the best if those items are at the bottom of your suitcase or bag.

Man Cleaning Leather Shoes
Photo by Emmanuel Boldo

Pick outfits that can easily match

Having a versatile wardrobe is great but if most of your clothing matches with only one item, you’ll be in big trouble when you want to pack lightly, because you’ll need specific pants for a specific top, vice versa. However, if you have well matching attire, you can easily mix and match your clothing and you’ll still have a great outfit.

Man Wearing White Polo Summer Outfit

Wear your bulkiest clothes when traveling

Oftentimes, there are space limitations, for example when you are traveling via airplane, you need to follow strict rules of how big of a suitcase you can have and how much you can pack. An easy trick to solve this is to wear your bulkiest clothing when traveling, this way you can save a lot of space in your bag.

Man Walking in the Street Wearing Parka Jacket

Have your Dopp kit ready

I covered it a few times before, but having a ready-packed toiletry bag is essential if you are a frequent traveler. I always have my toiletry bag – or Dopp kit, as I call it ready for my next travel. It is filled with the essentials that are needed for any type of journey. I wrote a detailed article about the topic, make sure to read it.

Collect important travel documents, cash, and credit cards

This is another important point that you should check before you’d go on any international trip. Always have local currency, your credit card, and most importantly, your passport ready when visiting a foreign country. We in the EU can travel between European countries without a passport, but if we want to travel to a country outside the EU, we have to prepare our passports.

White and Blue Identification Card Passport
Travel Essentials © ConvertKit

Endnote

I collected these points throughout many years of frequent journeys. If you miss a few points, don’t worry, we always forget something, but if you have such a list, you can save a lot of time thinking about what you should take with you for your next trip. I hope I could help with this article. Have a great trip!

Keep on reading: The Best Travel Essentials You Can Never Leave Home Without


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