Packing for a short trip is not that difficult. You want to keep it light and practical. Still, you don’t want to arrive at your destination without any of the essentials that you will definitely need.

What you need to pack depends on your lifestyle, the destination, the weather and the nature of your trip. Packing for a business meeting is different from packing for a weekend by the beach. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Make a list. Write your list by imagining how your day will go. Later on, you can go back and eliminate the items that don’t seem that necessary. You will use this list and check against it to make sure that you’ve got everything you need. As a matter of fact, if you’ve got your passport, credit cards, and medications, there is nothing that you can’t buy.
  • Avoid getting your clothes dirty by using shower caps to cover the bottoms of your shoes. You can also put them in plastic baggies after stuffing them with rolled socks and underwear.
  • Use vacuum packs. You can roll your clothes instead of folding them and put them in vacuum bags. These leave a lot of space in your suitcase or backpack and will prevent your clothes from creasing.
  • Ziplock bags are great for packing your electronic gadgets, chargers, and toiletries. You will not have to dig for your charger for ages and you are going to make sure that your lotion won’t spill on any of your clothes.

These tips will save a lot of time and will help you pack efficiently. Enjoy your tip!