Travelling this miraculous world is one of the greatest joys of life. On the other hand, figuring out how to pack a suitcase can be one of it’s greatest miseries. Indecision, weight restrictions, and inconvenience are all factors that often come into play when trying to gather your life together for a trip away from home. Unless you’re the type that’s super into extreme survival living, you can’t just get up and leave without packing your luggage properly; so the solution is to embrace the challenge and become a pro-packer.

Packing your luggage is an art form, if you will. It’s so much more than throwing everything you think you might need into a bag and heading to your destination. You need to plan and prepare to get the most out of your far-away adventures, and that starts with having the right supplies. Luckily, Bestbuy.ca has all your travel needs ready to for take off. Now all you need is Marie Kondo’s voice in your head asking you if what you’re taking really sparks joy.

What’s in your bag?

Every destination has its own requirements. If you’re basking in the hot tropical sun of Jamaica, you need sunscreen and bathing suits. Ice-fishing in Alaska? A parka and a face mask. Being prepared means thinking ahead, so the first thing you need to do is consider your destination and how long you’ll be gone for. This will open you up to the world of possible luggage and organizational options that are ideal for your particular trip. Once I figure out where I’m going, a checklist of just 6 questions always helps me get my life together before travelling:

 

  1. Do you have the appropriate attire for the destination and length of time?
  2. For your daytime excursions, will a backpack or a duffle bag be best?
  3. Do you have enough space left in your luggage to bring back souvenirs?
  4. Is your passport valid, in front of you, and then glued to you until the moment you’re back home from your trip?
  5. Do you have the appropriate adapters for where you’re going?

Going away longer doesn’t necessarily mean you need more stuff—sometimes it’s just about being smarter with what you take. It’s about taking a pair of pants that can be worn casually on a stroll around the ancient ruins of Athens by day, and paired with a dressy top to go clubbing in Mykonos by night. If you have a little extra wiggle room, a small Conair handheld steamer can quickly freshen up your duds so you can wear your clothes more than once without worrying about wrinkles and odours. Creating versatility with what you already have is a craft of its own.

Now that you’ve considered what you need and Marie Kondo’d everything to make sure it’s necessary to take, you can choose the appropriate luggage and kits for your trip. Samsonite’s sturdy luggage sets get through turbulence and tussling and keep your important contents protected. You can find sets both in carry on sizes and larger that will keep your life rolling smoothly as you explore. Pair your suitcase with an Austin House Globetrotter Bundle and everything can be packed and organized to perfection, including the little necessities you may forget you need. All you need now is a few tips on how to fold your clothes.

Enhance your trip with the help of handy gadgets

Living in the moment is a philosophy that should be strictly followed when travelling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t capture the memories you’re creating as they happen. Ditch your phone and pick up a real camera again—like the good old days. Well, the good old days with the added benefit of today’s tech. A Sony A6000 Mirrorless is way more defined, brilliant in colour, and easy to handle than the disposable cameras of yonder.

Taking a moment to soak in the scenery and take in a book doesn’t need to clutter your luggage anymore. An Amazon Fire Tablet is the perfect sidekick for the hours you spend going to and from your destination, and when you’re just taking a moment to unwind during you trip. Bring as many books, magazines and games as you want with you, gone are the days of lugging around 5 pounds of reading and entertainment material.

Bon voyage, with a cherry on top

Absorbing different cities, cultures, and environments is the beauty of travel. Whether you’re jet-setting for business or pleasure, finding productive ways to pack your luggage & suitcases will make your trip easier, more enjoyable. After all, life is made easier with the right devices and deals. Just remember to plan and prepare and you’ve already become a pro.

SHARE
Shadi Bozorg
Originally a Vancouverite, Shadi is a freelance writer and social media coordinator now surviving the winters of Toronto. She spends her free time reading, doing creative writing, and trying to make her Fitbit proud. Shadi can also be found in the kitchen as she trains for the next round of Masterchef tryouts.

4 COMMENTS

  1. With all the airline luggage weight surcharges… I found it’s easier to drive.  Cheap gas helps, but not a low dollar.  With a car…. I can being back as much souveniors that I want.

     

    Modern day GPSs makes road trips so easy.

  2. That works if you’re staying in Canada or heading to the USA – for overseas travellers…..well there isn’t exactly a bridge crossing the Atlantic or Pacific Smiley Wink

     

    JB

  3. With all the airline luggage weight surcharges… I found it’s easier to drive.  Cheap gas helps, but not a low dollar.  With a car…. I can being back as much souveniors that I want.

     

    Modern day GPSs makes road trips so easy.

  4. That works if you’re staying in Canada or heading to the USA – for overseas travellers…..well there isn’t exactly a bridge crossing the Atlantic or Pacific Smiley Wink

     

    JB

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here