As you guys know we travel A LOT!!
The girls have both flown from a very young age both domestically and internationally. I think I’ve gotten the whole packing thing down pat.
There are dozens of packing lists and printables with a simple Google. But this is one I have created for myself and use in a way that suits me.
I thought I would share, with two versions and a spot for extra items, for those with babies or not.
My list is pretty simple. I don’t like to overpack and I don’t take certain things because I’ve learned over time to be as minimal as possible.
I also have a complimentary carry-on packing list. It has a lot of the usual items you’d expect I pack in my carry on. You can find that list here.
I know everyone does it differently. But here are my tops tips for smart packing and free printable to keep you on track…
Do Your Research
A key part of packing is knowing where you are going and what you are doing, pretty simple right?
WRONG! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve rocked up somewhere and the weather isn’t what I expected. Then I have to spend money on new clothes.
I always check on what the weather is doing well in advance.
Also, check out some blogs and reviews online on the destination, people often leave tidbits about unexpected weather.
Inquire what is also available to you at your accommodation. And what is around you, should you need to buy something.
Be Up To Date On Your Laundry
I always make sure I’m up to date on my washing. And have everything put away. When I go to pack I can find exactly what I need when I am packing.
Not to mention coming home to a clean house and not having extra washing to do.
Buy Good Luggage
Being a frequent traveller, I can tell you that having good quality luggage matters.
I am partial to a hard case for my luggage and find it is more durable and easier to pack.
I recently upgraded to a large 110 litre Samsonite I got on sale from Myer. It is fabulous but it’s also REALLY common, making it hard to pick on the carousel when there are 500 others like it.
I tie a ribbon to mine and also have my Qantas Tag with my name on it.
Jezz recently got the July luggage with personalisation on it. They’re a boutique brand and not very common so it’s easy to find.
Use Packing Cubes
Since I started using cubes, I have never looked back. I got the Kmart ones just to test them out with the full intention of upgrading them.
But my trusty Kmart packing cubes have stood the test of time. Dozens of trips and are still my go-to.
Because I pack the girls stuff with my stuff I need to be able to separate them all and make it easy to unpack at our destination.
I usually keep things like swimmers, underwear and clothes separate. I pop the packing cubes into draws when we arrive at our destination.
It makes packing easier and allows for a lot more room when you do it this way.
Pack Last Minute
Look, I know a lot of people think I am crazy but it really is the best way to pack.
I always plan what I am going to pack and then make sure all the washing is done. That way it is all ready to go, and then it’s done super quick.
If I pack too early I either cannot find the stuff because it’s floating around in the wash, or I overpack because I am constantly adding things.
Now that you’ve got my handy dandy packing tips you can download and print your checklist. Make packing for your next trip a breeze.
Pop a number for each item in the circles based on the length of the trip. I use the ‘other’ section for seasonal items if I’m going somewhere out of the ordinary.
There is also a version for people with young children. However, you will notice a lot of things might be missing. These would traditionally be in your carry-on or baby bag.
I also don’t have female hygiene products because I use Modibodi and find this a much better way, especially when travelling.