There was a time when travelers needed a variety of personal skills to help them avoid problems and arrive safely. Today, many of those skills have been transformed into helpful gadgets and apps. We can rely on language translation apps to interpret directional signs, ask questions and order food. Travel sites and airlines provide us with reminders about flight times and hotel reservations. Mapping technology has become a must whether you’re traveling across town or to another country. However, there’s one skill that is difficult to encapsulate in an app, and that’s the ability to pack efficiently and effectively.
Sure, you can download a packing checklist or use an organizational app, but that’s not going to be enough. Having the right gear or carry on bag is a good first step. Knowing how to organize and pack the bags you’re using is essential. Travel organization is something you can benefit from long before you even know where you’re headed. Our top 10 packing tips for travelers is not only a guide to safely loading your backpack or suitcase. It’s also packed with travel tips to help you figure out which bags and carry on travel items are helpful.
1. Keep Your Belongings Extra Secure
Does anyone really travel with essential items in a checked bag? Select a sling-style carry on bag and you can comfortably carry your basics with you. Sling bag are designed to tuck securely against your body for added safety. It’s an extra security feature worth the price.
Swissgear 2712 Anti-Theft USB Tablet Sling
Choose the 2712 sling for a lightweight carry on travel option. It has anti-theft features that are both practical and durable. An 8-inch padded tablet sleeve and multiple interior pockets keep prying fingers out and your possessions safe. This sleek design includes a shoulder strap pocket to tuck away last-minute items. Reflective accents add further safety for the traveler.
2. Mark Items to Deter Theft and Loss
You labeled your possessions when you were in grade school. Why not include this easy task to improve your travel organization? Luggage tags are the simple way to ensure your practical look-alike bag doesn’t get lost.
Swissgear Personalized Luggage Tag Set
These luggage tags come in several sizes and are ideal for all kinds of travel bags. The flexible tie straps make for easy swapping between bags. Tags can be customized with email, phone number and delivery address. Some Swissgear bags are designed with a slip pocket on the back to hold the ID cards in this set.
3. Bring Your Own Hydration
Depending on where you are, counting on finding a water fountain or buying bottled water can become a problem. Why not carry your own water bottle to stay hydrated and skip the worry?
Swissgear 18oz Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle
The Swissgear insulated water bottle keeps your favorite beverage cool for up to 24 hours. You can rely on this bottle to keep a beverage hot for up to 12 hours. The leak-proof top, flexible carry handle and shatter-resistant exterior make this an ideal traveling companion. The bottle footprint fits a cup holder and slides easily into a bottle pocket or packed bag.
4. Take Advantage of Small
Skip the extra checked bag and go small and smart. Smaller bags make packing and organizing an easy process. You’ll travel lighter and still have all the important items you want with you.
Swissgear 2375 Dopp Kit – Heather
Swissgear’s all-in-one dopp kit is the perfect answer to carrying personal items. This kit has a built-in hanging hook, lined interior and plenty of secure pockets for liquids and small items. Measuring six inches by ten inches by 6 inches, it’s designed to fit snuggly in a shoulder pack or larger bag.
5. Pack Heavy Items at the Bottom
This simple tip can prevent the horror of watching your travel bag topple over and get damaged. Shoes, hair dryers and other heavy items should always be placed near the wheels of a spinner bag or at the bottom of a backpack. This also makes it easier to maneuver the bag or carry it over a shoulder.
6. Reduce and Eliminate
Space is at a premium when traveling, so it makes sense to edit what you pack. Throwing in a last-minute item like a bathing suit or a tee-shirt isn’t going to be a problem. However, that extra sweater or puffer jacket is too bulky to fit. Place large soft items into a rollable packing bag to create maximum space inside your pack or suitcase.
Swissgear Space Saving Packing Bags
For a reusable way to squeeze every inch out of your bag, use a SwissGear packing bag. Each bag includes an air valve to help you release excess air and get a tight result. Fill, seal and roll each bag before packing. One large and three medium watertight bags are in each set.
7. Protect Your Tech
During a trip, the last thing you want to worry about is your technology sliding around in your bag. The right combination of zip pockets, padded sleeves and easy access is ideal.
Swissgear 1900 Scansmart Laptop Backpack
No tie down straps are necessary in this favorite travel bag. It’s a great solution for hands-free travel that’s TSA-friendly. You can easily pack several changes of clothing, a pair of shoes and your computer equipment inside this pack. The 1900 has padded shoulder straps and breathable panels, and it contains plenty of storage pouches. Scansmart technology allows you to unzip your bag into a flat configuration which makes laptop security scanning easy.
8. Choose Versatility
Two bags are definitely better than one when planning and packing for an upcoming trip. Buying a set of bags gives you versatility and ensures you don’t look mismatched.
Swissgear 2PC Getwaway Luggage Set – Dark Gray
How can you go wrong with a rolling suitcase and a fold-out duffel from Swissgear? Interior tie down straps in the suitcase keep items from shifting. A telescoping handle lets you comfortably stack your duffel on top of the suitcase. Padded shoulder straps are include on the duffel for easy hauling.
9. Skip the Just in Case Category
When you pack a bag with a just-in-case mentality, you’re building a nightmare for yourself. Additional items just weigh you down and make your bag difficult to carry. Chances are you can pick up a missed item at a store along the way. Here’s our biggest tip for skipping this behavior and learning to pack lighter. Spend a half hour creating an essentials packing list and specific packing lists for each season or destination. Stick to these lists, and packing lighter will become a habit.
10. Always Buy Durable
Our travel tips wouldn’t be complete without this last piece of advice. For reliable travel gear, look for durable products made by a premium manufacturing company. The best packing plans can’t serve you if you purchase a cheap suitcase. What’s going to happen when TSA gets a hold of your cheap bargain bags?
Swissgear 7272 Energie Expandable 3PC Hardside Spinner Luggage Set
Hardside spinner bags made by Swissgear are designed for easy packing and reliable protection. Each suitcase in the Energie 3PC set is expandable, so you can pack more on the return trip. Each case also has a telescoping handle for confident pushing and pulling through airports, hotels and winding streets. This set has two checked bags and a 19-inch carry on bag with a USB charging port. These cases open like a traditional suitcase to make packing a breeze.