How to Better Manage Your Belongings During Travel
by Brooke Schoenman of Her Packing List
How many times have you been traveling on a big holiday to suddenly be hit with an epiphany on the way to the airport that you left something back in the hotel?
Have you ever spent an hour, or more, rummaging through your suitcase and bags in a frenzy looking for that one little thing you can’t live without?
If you know this feeling all too well, then you might want to have a read through this post because today I show you how to better manage your belongings on the road.
Have a Basic Inventory (aka packing list)
You might think that once you leave the house your packing list becomes obsolete. Oh, how I beg to differ! Packing lists should stay with you for your entire trip, especially if your trip includes multiple destinations as there will be unpacking and repacking on numerous occasions. Having that packing list will help you to never leave anything behind after already hitting the road. A good rule of thumb is to add any purchases to the list as you go. Using a packing app, available for most smartphones, will help keep this process simple and easy.
Pack Only What You Can Carry
Did you hear that, overpackers? If you’re the type of person that constantly packs 40 pound suitcases or tries to move around the world with a collection of bags, then you’re at risk of losing something along the way. The reasons are as follows:
Number 1: If you have bags that are too heavy for yourself to carry, you will probably have to rely on the help of others to get by – others who might decide to take advantage of the situation and head off with said bag. Heavy bags are often left to the side, left in storage rooms and other places where they are simply out of sight. I, personally, like to keep an eye on my bags as much as possible, and I am better at doing so because I pack light.
Number 2: If you’re carrying too much, like stringing around 3 shoulder bags while lugging a giant suitcase, you’re simply more at risk of leaving something behind. Perhaps you leave your smaller handbag in the taxi and don’t realize it in the hustle and bustle until it’s too late. On travels, a lost handbag can cause a lot of stress!
Number 3: If you have more belongings, you have a longer packing list to manage every time you repack your bag. You can see where I’m going with this, right?
As mentioned in my last post for eBags, the key to keeping your sanity on the road is staying organized. One of the main reasons for the organization is so you don’t forget any belongings when moving from place to place. Having set spaces within your luggage for certain items will help to let you know if all bases are covered. Using organizational packing tools, such as packing cubes and toiletry kits, also ensures there is a designated space for all your gear.
Take Basic Security Precautions
More often than not, theft will not be an issue for you during your travels. But, I’m the type of person that believes in the motto, “Better safe than sorry.” Some additional security precautions will help to ensure that you maintain your belongings during travel, such as TSA-friendly bag locks and using the in-room safe at hotels. Never take items you will be heartbroken over if they get lost or stolen, and always keep the most important things (passport, etc.) with you at all times. Being smart and safe goes a long way on the road!
About the Author: Brooke Schoenman is the founder and editor of Her Packing List – a resource on packing and gear for female travelers. Brooke is a seasoned traveler, having acquired stamps in her passport from destinations such as Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia, Malaysia, and Guatemala to name a few. She blogs and writes for a living, and you can follow the Her Packing List related side of her life on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.