One of the biggest things which I have struggled with since leaving home is how best to pack my rucksack. I have tried a million different types of packing, I have tried to pack less things in my case and wear more, I have removed larger items and tried to fill out the space, but in truth, the clothes very rarely go in, the same way as they come out.
Thankfully, after much trial and error, I have found a few ways which work best for me when it comes to packing my clothes and I wanted to share my findings with you, let’s take a look.
The best way I have found of folding my clothes in order to keep them as wrinkle free as possible and also ensure that everything fits in is to roll up my clothes. Start with the big stuff, roll it up as tight as you can and place them and the bottom of your back pack. One you are done with this, fill out the pocket of space with smaller items like socks and underwear. After this, add your bath bag into the middle of the package before filling out the rest of the space with t-shirts, try a few times and you will get it just right.
Use the Shoes
I generally take two pairs of shoes and one pair of flip flops when I travel, I will wear one pair of shoes whilst traveling and pack the other two. Flip flops are great because they fit in to practically any space which you have and with the other shoes, you need to make sure that you are filling them up with items such as socks and underwear or valuable possessions.
One Big Lump
This is a surprising technique which has worked for me on a number of occasions and if you are only intending to take on pair of shoes with you in your bag, then it could work for you too. Start with your biggest items and lay them out in full on the floor, gradually add each item of clothing on top of one another until you have a neat pile of clothes, place your shoes in the center and then gather all four corners of your clothes until you have a sort of bag of clothes. Place the whole thing in your bag and voila!
Lose The Bathroom
The only bathroom items I ever place in my bag are a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste and some deodorant. The other stuff simply fills up your bag too much and in all honesty most accommodation options will provide you with soap at the very least. If this isn’t the case then you can always buy something on the road for a low price and then throw it away once you are finished. Too many bathroom items overfill your bag and you can avoid it with ease.
Keep practicing packing your bag until you can get it down to a fine art!