26 Apr Packing a Backpack: 5 Essential Tips
A year ago from today, I was wrapping up my month long backpacking adventure to New Zealand and Australia. I was a rookie backpacker (hence the blog title “Packed Suitcase“) but during that month I grew to love the whole backpacking experience.
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t have a few growning pains as I learned the tricks to packing a backpack efficiently. Here are a few of my top tips that I learned along the way…
Tip #1: Don’t organize your stuff by packing them in plastic bags
You may think having things packed in their own plastic bag will help keep everything organized in your backpack, but trying to pack up at 6 am while the rest of your dorm mates are sleeping will just make you lose friends. Fast. (Those bags are noisy!)
Tip #2: Pack practically, but add a little flair
If you’re packing for a long journey, you most likely will need to pack warm AND cold weather clothes. On my trip, I did fairly well except that I stuck so much with the practical that I didn’t bring one cute outfit suitable for going out. Therefore, I ended up in sweaters and t-shirts most of the time when everyone else was all dolled up. Just one cute shirt would have done the trick.
Tip #3: Bring earplugs, an eye mask and a flashlight
Because undoubtedly, your room will be loud, bright or dark at one point or another.
Tip #4: Stick to a neutral color palette
Being able to mix and match your clothes is essential to saving space, so pick a neutral color palette (like black/grey/white or dark brown/tan/white, etc) and make sure most of your clothes fit within it. For an added punch, pick a pop of color that goes with those palettes (like red or blue).
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…
Tip #5: Bring a towel
I didn’t, and ended up having to buy the last one on the shelf in Hahei, NZ my first week on the trip. Try explaining this every day you move into a new hostel so people don’t think you’re weird: