17 Travel Packing Hacks to Change the Way You Pack - Hippie In Heels (2023)

I am very type-A when it comes to packing. I must have things SO organized and always want to have lots of room to shop, so I never over pack. I have gotten pretty good at packing and wanted to share my travel packing hacks with you!

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1. When going carry-on, wear the heavy thing as part of your travel outfit

Kind of common sense, but if you’re taking boots or sneakers wear them on the flight. Keep your jacket with you on the flight (not in your carry-on). Just those two things take so much space in a rolling carry-on bag. Taking a sweater? Wear it at the airport. It’s cold anyway!

PS: Yes, you do want to include a nice airplane pillow, like the new TRTL pillow, as part of your travel outfit. You don’t have to wear it the whole time, but don’t forget it!

2. Sarongs

Turkish towel, lungi, sarong, whatever you want to bring… bring two! They are amazing for travel. You can cover up on a flight, in a cold airport, cover your shoulders at religious monuments, and use them at the pool and beach. I can’t go anywhere without my Indian lungis.

3. Leave the hair tools at home

I know some people think they need curlers and straighteners, but I swear natural hair always looks so nice. Instead of that, try out surf spray. My favorite is the [easyazon_link identifier=”B008FVQNSE” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]Bumble & Bumble travel size[/easyazon_link]. What I do is spray it on flip my hair upside down and put it in a loose bun. I just sleep like that. It saves me so much time to never have to do my hair.

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I cannot believe I only got [easyazon_link identifier=”B00ZQ3LE1A” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]ebags packing cubes[/easyazon_link] this summer! It’s INSANE how much I love them. I actually have two sets so that I can organize even better. Once you try these, you’ll never be able to pack without them.

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5. Use the KonMari Method for Organizing

You can use this even without packing cubes! Marie recommends a very specific way of folding so you’re not stacking everything on top of each other and can see each piece of folding. I wrote a whole guide on how to apply her famous book [easyazon_link identifier=”1607747308″ locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up[/easyazon_link],so check here on how to use KonMari for packing.

6. Keep your shoes enclosed

I cannot bear to see dirty travel shoes thrown into luggage. I use old cotton purse bags (the bags that purses come in when you buy them). I use the same for my dirty laundry. When the trip is over I turn them inside out and wash them with the rest of the laundry.

Don’t have anything for your shoes and got them all muddy? Take a couple shower caps from the hotel bathroom and put your shoes in them.

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7. PLAN your outfits

I used to just pack all my favorite things: my favorite jeans, shorts, few favorite tanks tops, favorite dresses…. etc. But I would forget the tank top I needed for a certain top or the slip that came with a dress. It was annoying. I ALWAYS set each outfit out now when it’s a 10 day or less trip. Here’s an example of packing for 10 days in Jordan. When I go for a month I set out enough for 10 days then do mix and match

  • Try to stick to a color scheme to make it easier (notice my neutral color scheme for Morocco)
  • Never take something you “might” wear that you’ve never worn before

8. Use my beauty travel hacks

I wrote a post about all my beauty travel hacks and put all my favorite tiny makeups and how to get free perfume to travel with. Check it out: travel beauty hacks, so you can see how to take fewer toiletries and keep your luggage fresh!

9.Extra purses…

I try not to take an extra purse, but often want to so I can have a variety of color. If you take a very soft leather bag just flatten it. If you are taking a structured bag it is best to fill it with things and let it take up space. I usually put in my extra sunglasses, and toiletries that won’t fit in my toiletry bag (usually mini shampoo and conditioner).

10. Don’t pack soap

I used to take either a mini shower gel or a bar of soap inside a plastic baggie. But, now I just don’t bother. Every hotel I have stayed at has soap! The only time I take some now is when I’m traveling in India in the mountains or staying at homestays. I mean, if I were to camp, I’d take soap haha but that hasn’t happened in a while.

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11. Deal with your cords and chargers

Don’t just throw these in please :) Especially with Mac chargers, it’s very important to treat them well as they are known for breaking at the seam of the cord to that big white surge protector on the cord. You should also wrap up your cords gently and store them.

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I use a cute Indian bag I have or sometimes a small packing cube. I keep all my tech stuff in one small bag. PS if your charger is starting to come apart at the plastic covering the wires use the rubber self-setting goo I’ve tried on my old charger! You just wrap it around the cord where it’s breaking and leave it to set for a few minutes. It works like a charm and is really cheap. I take a small squeezy of it in my tech kit.

12. Start with lightweight luggage

The best way to prevent paying overweight fees is to start with luggage that’s lightweight. IT Luggage is one of the most lightweight out there and I can vouch it’s really good luggage. Old luggage your grandparents passed down might as well be thrown out, it’s SO heavy! I love my Delsey the most but I also have a list of 10 different brands if you want to compare. You might also want to use a backpack instead, in which case here’s a post to compare suitcases and backpacks.

I look for lightweight luggage, that looks good, is expandable, has 4-wheel spinners, and the design has taken organization into account.

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13. Liquids stay together

I know you might want to put your mini contact solution and lotion in your purse, maybe some face wash and face lotion to freshen up in the side pocket of your carry-on… but at the security line, it’s a pain to not have things together and easily accessible. Think about these things while you are packing to save stress and annoyance.

14. Laptop safety

You shouldn’t put your laptop in a soft carry-on bag and throw it up in the overhead bins. People aren’t careful when they put their things up and turbulence can cause things to move and fall when they open. I have a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00BXDPF7G” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]Delsey 19 inch carry-on[/easyazon_link] hardshell that has a special place for laptops. Of all the carry-on luggage I’ve ever had, this is the BEST I’ve ever found and if it ever breaks, I’ll be re-buying it.

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15. The heavy things go near the wheels

When you pack your bag lying down, you may not keep in mind what will happen when you stand it up on the wheels. Keep the heavy things near the wheels and even angle things to stay upright when it’s rolling, and no upside down.

16. Invest in a luggage scale

I fly at least a couple of times a month. I use my little [easyazon_link keywords=”luggage scale” locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]luggage scale[/easyazon_link] every single time. It’s so easy to just slip the hook on your luggage, lift the luggage up, and see exactly the weight rather than stand on a scale and weigh it and subtract your own weight. You could be a couple of pounds off doing it that way, whereas this scale is exact. I have an old school one, but they make electronic ones now.

17. Keep necklaces untangled

The hack you see on Pinterest of puttingyour necklaces through a straw? It actually works. I usually only bring one necklace and do this for it. If you have a few you travel with, it’s a great option!

That’s my travel packing hacks!Want to know what products I’m packing using all these tips? I have a whole section on the blog for packing tips. Just click hereto see a list of articles I’ve written like my favorite camera bags for travel or where I shop for my travel clothes. There are probably a hundred articles on packing, including specific lists for certain destinations.

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What are some packing hacks? ›

  • Use Packing Cubes. ...
  • Pack an Extra Change of Clothes in Your Carry-On in a Ziploc. ...
  • Roll Your Clothes. ...
  • Use a Hotel Shower Cap to Cover Dirty Shoes and Wet Bathing Suits. ...
  • Stash Items in Shoes. ...
  • Help Shoes Pull Double-Duty. ...
  • Put Plastic Wrap Under Toiletry Lids. ...
  • Keep Your Belt in Your Collar.
6 Apr 2021

What do most people forget when packing? ›

10 Essential Things People Always Forget to Pack
  • Phone charger… This is first on the list for a reason — because it's SO easy to forget! ...
  • 2. … and laptop charger. ...
  • Laptop. ...
  • Luggage tags and locks. ...
  • First-aid kit. ...
  • Prescription medication. ...
  • Glasses and contact lenses. ...
  • Umbrella and raincoat.
29 Jun 2022

What is the smartest way to pack? ›

8 Tips on How to Pack Efficiently
  1. Roll your clothes. ...
  2. Use packing cubes. ...
  3. Bring travel-size toiletries. ...
  4. Put things inside your shoes. ...
  5. Wear your pair of shoes that takes up the most space. ...
  6. Wear your heaviest piece of outerwear on plane/bus/etc. ...
  7. Pack plenty of neutral colors. ...
  8. Zip your suitcase up, then add more to it.

What helps packing anxiety? ›

The Best Packing Tips to Ease Anxiety
  1. Write out a Packing List. One of my favourite thing to do is write lists, mostly so I can feel that sense of accomplishment when I cross off completed tasks. ...
  2. Start Early. ...
  3. Pinterest. ...
  4. Check the Weather. ...
  5. Pack for the Activities you Plan.
  6. Pack Layers. ...
  7. Take out 25%-50% ...
  8. Try it On.
5 Sept 2018

What should you not forget when packing for a trip? ›

Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack
  1. Don't Forget Travel Documents. ...
  2. One of the Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack Are Snacks. ...
  3. Keep a Hand Sanitizer Close By. ...
  4. Remember to Bring Your Medicine and First Aid Kit. ...
  5. Fill a Small Bag With Toiletries. ...
  6. Don't Forget Glasses and Sunglasses. ...
  7. Pack Chargers and Headphones.
8 May 2020

How do I make packing less boring? ›

6 packing tips to make your move easier
  1. Sort and declutter.
  2. Get the right packing supplies.
  3. Pack your boxes properly.
  4. Stay organized.
  5. Try these packing hacks.
  6. Recruit (or hire) helpers.
1 Jul 2022

What should you not pack? ›

12 things you should never pack
  • Books and magazines.
  • A different outfit for each day.
  • Excessive amounts of denim.
  • Toiletries.
  • Your makeup bag.
  • Hair styling tools and products.
  • More than two devices.
  • Expensive accessories.
7 Apr 2016

What is the hardest room to pack? ›

We'll list these rooms in order of difficulty.
  • Garages. Garages and sheds are a pain because there are so many odd shaped items that you can't just put in a box. ...
  • Kitchens and Dining Rooms. Kitchens and dining rooms are difficult because there are so many breakables. ...
  • Laundry Rooms. ...
  • Offices/Dens/Gaming Rooms/Man Caves/etc.
18 Apr 2020

What can you not carry in your carry on? ›

Restricted Items NOT Allowed on a Plane in Your Carry-On
  • Sharp objects. ...
  • Sporting goods and athletic equipment. ...
  • Self defense items. ...
  • Gel-type candles. ...
  • Large quantities of alcohol (more than 3.4 ounces) ...
  • Guns and ammunition.
12 Sept 2022

How do you pack like a minimalist? ›

10 Tips for Packing and Traveling Like a Minimalist
  1. Organized Bag. Invest in a Well-Organized Bag. ...
  2. Clothes. Bring Only Essential Clothes. ...
  3. Toiletries. Re-Evaluate Your Toiletries Bag. ...
  4. Shoes. Wear Comfortable & Versatile Shoes. ...
  5. Laundry. Plan to Do Laundry. ...
  6. Electronics. Consolidate Your Electronics. ...
  7. Tablet. ...
  8. Groceries.

How do you simplify packing for a trip? ›

12 Tips to Simplify Packing for Your Next Trip:
  1. Make a master list of consistent items you need to pack and keep it on file for all trips. ...
  2. Take the time to look up the weather forecast at your destination. ...
  3. Choose one pair of shoes for any occasion. ...
  4. Put small clothing items in zip top baggies inside your shoes.

Is it better to fold or roll for packing? ›

Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will generally save space. This is because it squeezes air from between folds and means the most of available space is used. If done correctly, rolling can also ensure less wrinkles in your clothes.

How do I make packing more enjoyable? ›

How to Make Moving Fun
  1. Play music. Music has a way of making any task more bearable, even the ones that are tedious like packing or moving items in and out of rooms. ...
  2. Make up games and competitions. ...
  3. Decorate some of the boxes. ...
  4. Dress up on moving day. ...
  5. Plan a celebratory meal. ...
  6. Throw an unpacking party.
5 Mar 2018

How do you travel with extreme anxiety? ›

Here's How to Help Your Travel Anxiety
  1. Focus on a calming image in your mind or on an object you can physically see to take your mind off your fears. ...
  2. Use affirmations, such as “I am safe,” to calm your thoughts.
  3. Long, slow breaths have been proven to reduce anxiety and it's worth it to learn deep breathing techniques.

What is the fear of packing called? ›

Symptomsintense, persistent anxiety with thoughts of travel and/or during travels
Durationpersistent, typically lasting for 6 months or more
Differential diagnosisSeparation anxiety, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Major depressive disorder
TreatmentExposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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What is the best shape for packing? ›

If physicists ran candy stores, gumball machines might be filled with pyramids instead of spheres. It seems that tetrahedra, with their four triangular faces, are the most efficient shape for filling a container randomly, as opposed to carefully stacking objects within it.

How do you pack things quickly? ›

Fastest Way to Pack a House for a Last Minute Move
  1. Purge, purge, purge. ...
  2. Pack an “essentials” box or bag. ...
  3. Skip the sorting. ...
  4. Recruit a few friends to help you pack. ...
  5. Keep clothes in your dressers. ...
  6. Use linens for padding. ...
  7. Hire professional movers.
1 May 2018

How do I get faster at packing? ›

How to pack faster in a warehouse
  1. One order at a time. The first method of efficient packing is to pack each order one at a time. ...
  2. Don't sacrifice accuracy. ...
  3. Improve speed beyond packing. ...
  4. Packing tables. ...
  5. Listen to the packers. ...
  6. Constant improvement. ...
  7. Training and motivation. ...
  8. Packing materials.
25 Sept 2020

How do you pack as lightly as possible? ›

How to Pack Light for Traveling
  1. Consider the 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule. ...
  2. Make a Packing List. ...
  3. Make Sure Every Item Does Double Duty. ...
  4. Layer Your Clothes. ...
  5. Choose Light, Quick-drying Fabrics. ...
  6. Pick Neutral Colors. ...
  7. Plan on Doing Laundry. ...
  8. Bring Multipurpose Footwear.

How do I force myself to pack? ›

Here are some easy tricks to motivate yourself to start packing.
  1. Divide and Conquer: Keep, Sell, Trash. Devise a plan for what you're going to do with items you decided not to pack. ...
  2. Organize by Room. ...
  3. Enjoy Hands-Free, Non-Sedentary Distractions. ...
  4. Reward Yourself.

How do you pack and move in a hurry? ›

Instead, keep your eye on the prize and follow these packing tips for moving in a hurry:
  1. Pack now and sort later. Don't worry about keeping like items together or having a “theme” for each box. ...
  2. Use soft items like socks and towels to wrap breakables. ...
  3. Set up boxes as you need them. ...
  4. Pack clothes as they are.
10 Mar 2022

What order do you pack things in? ›

Here's the order to what you should pack first.
  1. Start The Packing In The Least Used Room. You don't want to start packing in the kitchen or with your child's favorite toys. ...
  2. Pack Items That Are In Storage. ...
  3. Pack The Most Difficult Room. ...
  4. Pack Out Of Season Items Next. ...
  5. Pack Decor & Books. ...
  6. Pack Shoes & Jewelry.
11 Jan 2020

What is the best shape for packing? ›

If physicists ran candy stores, gumball machines might be filled with pyramids instead of spheres. It seems that tetrahedra, with their four triangular faces, are the most efficient shape for filling a container randomly, as opposed to carefully stacking objects within it.

Why do I procrastinate packing for a trip? ›

According to Glashow, someone who packs for a trip well in advance may do so because they feel anxious about flying or traveling in general. They may prepare their items and suitcase ahead of time because it "helps ease those anxious feelings" about traveling. This anxiety isn't necessarily bad, though.

How do you pack light and fashionable? ›

Tips for Creating the Perfect Capsule Travel Wardrobe
  1. Think separate pieces, not outfits.
  2. If you're only going to wear it once, don't bring it.
  3. Bring neutrals, but throw in some color.
  4. Add textured pieces to make your capsule wardrobe more exciting.
  5. Don't be afraid of prints!
31 Jul 2019

How do you pack realistically with a sock? ›

How to make a DIY Sock Packer - YouTube

How do I pack up and leave with no money? ›

How to Move with No Money
  1. 1 Relocate to a town with a low cost of living.
  2. 2 Apply for a driveaway company.
  3. 3 Move to a place with a relocation initiative.
  4. 4 Borrow a friend's car.
  5. 5 Move with a friend.
  6. 6 Lease a sublet.
  7. 7 Couch surf at someone else's place.
  8. 8 Stay at a hostel temporarily.


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