1–3 day trip for fun: how to pack?

You made a decision to go away somewhere for a day, two, whole weekend, or maybe just three days. In any case, you are planning a short trip.

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There are several things you need to take care of before you go off. I’ll write a series of articles where I’ll try to cover all of them. In this part I’m going to talk about how to pack!

Before you’ll start trying to stick in all clothes and things you want to take, you need to determine one thing — what are you going to pack in? What kind of bag are you going to take with you on your trip?

There are no “right” or “wrong” answers there. The most important thing is that the answer you choose should work for you throughout the whole trip.

If you have the luxury of getting a transport, where you don’t have to worry about having too big luggage, you can take a bag or a backpack — whatever suits you — along with a suitcase on wheels (#newtrends), which should be fairly easy and good in navigating throughout even the worst terrains.

However, if you were lucky enough to catch one of those cheap tickets in cheap airlines, you should check very carefully, whether they don’t have some sort of limits on the luggage. Lines like WizzAir or RyanAir allow one bag per person for free, the rest — including the bigger luggage you’d have no problem with in normal airlines — is paid. Obviously, you can have a bit of trouble here, but don’t worry, pretty many people go off with WizzAir into the skies, having only the carry-on luggage.

Or maybe you don’t want to burden yourself with too much luggage, since you’re going only for one day, or one night — not that uncommon setting. In this case I’d recommend either taking a backpack or any bag, maybe even the one similar to the one from the photo above.

The case with taking such a bag, though, is that you need to consider that if you’re going on a sightseeing trip or a trip where you expect to move around the land a lot, you’re gonna be tired sooner or later with having to hold the bag on the arm. Backpacks here are much more easier to hold.

Another thing is that if you go with the mean of transport that allows only a limited carry-on, you can try taking a bigger backpack, and packing a little backpack somewhere in the big one. Then you land on the Earth, go to your hostel, and in the room you can take off the bigger backpack, get out the little one, pack only the needed things into it and there you go off with way less luggage.

Okay, so let’s say you’ve decided what are you going to pack into. Congratz, you’ve just made the hardest decision (I often find myself deciding it even one hour before I take away).

But… you need to pack. And here come a few tricks that should help with lessening the luggage.

(1) Roll your clothes — you can find various tutorials for that on YouTube. Basically, a rolled T-shirt is going to take much less space in your bag than a T-shirt that is traditionally put in.

(2) Use plastic bags really, they help a lot. Put pants in one bag, papers in second, and something else in third. And it usually helps to have an extra bag, just in case. It doesn’t take much place and sometimes can be really helpful.

(3) Consider every thing you take — if you have a limited luggage to consider or simply don’t want to have to walk with the bag which is all heavy, really consider every thing — whether it’s going to be useful or not. Shampoos can be bought in every shop, towels usually are disposed by hotels along with hairdryers and soap boxes, etc.

That would be three main things on the topic how to pack and what to pack into.

Actually, when I take off, it usually turns out I’ve forgotten something — be it a toothbrush (a thing easily bought everywhere), a pajama (I just sleep in the T-shirt I already used on the day of arriving) or something else. In no case it is the thing that I’d really miss. The most important things like wallet and chargers, fortunately, are always in my backpack.