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Packing list: How to pack like a real travel champ

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Packing for the trip can be a difficult discipline, but it can easily be made easier. Get great tips for your packing list.
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Packing list: How to pack like a real travel champ written by Sascha Meineche.


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This guide to your packing list is for you who probably think you need your check-in luggage, whether you need 14 more days Thailand, or an extended weekend to Amsterdam. You actually do not have that. At least not always.

After improbably many traveling alone with hand luggage, I have become something close to the Nordic champion in packing easily - also for a longer holiday. I have found some simple but quite indispensable package tips so that you can travel like a real champ only with hand luggage - without missing anything. Here is my package guide.

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Roll the clothes when packing

It is good enough. If you roll your clothes rather than putting them down in 'stacks', then there can be much more. And I speak from solid experience.

One can kindly pack for a week in a carry-on suitcase; it's just about the ability to roll it. And of course about the next items on my packing list.

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Sort your hand luggage thoroughly

Once you have packed what you think is vital, you can start sorting. You are guaranteed not to need it all - I almost dare to promise you that.

Therefore, always take a little out of the suitcase again. You do not know if there are sales where you go, do you?

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This is where it can get a little tricky. At least that's the part that can still challenge me a little even after many years of practice. First of all, consider how important it is for you to have shampoo and conditioner on your packing list.

If you live in a hotel, there is something you can use. If you have to be away for a longer period of time, a small bucket is still not enough, and then it is both easier and cheaper to buy something at the destination.

Travel sizes and thumbnails of your favorite products are your best friends in this case. Your second best friends are small buckets, jars and bottles where you can put some of your face cream, your scrub and your shaving foam in so you can have it all.

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Add sets to your packing list

It might sound a little boring if you have planned your whole thing holiday outfit in advance and made a packing list of everything you need to wear. But in fact, it can save you both space in the suitcase and clothing crises on vacation. Therefore, plan something that can be used in several different situations, and consider whether you really need four dresses or three shirts.

I myself made the same mistake because I thought Athens was a little warmer than the weather forecast predicted. It was not so, and I dragged four dresses with both out and home, which I did not get on. Therefore, it is a good idea if you have something with you that can be used for several different weather situations - something layer upon layer and something you can use for several days.

The same goes for shoes. You do not need the five pairs you have packed, do you? I do not think. Of course you need to have a pair of change shoes or two with you, but four might be just over the top.

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Add a tote bag in your carry-on luggage to your packing list

A tote bag does not fill anything in the suitcase, but it is a hit to have on the trip. It can be used for dirty underwear or when you need to shop on holiday and be super eco- and environmentally friendly. It can also be used if you have a little too much on the way home. Then you can just swing it over your shoulder fill it with snacks and an extra sweater.

If you can not wait to try this packing list, read on Europe's 15 overlooked destinations and get inspired for where your next extended weekend is going to go.

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Bonus tips for your packing list

My extra tip for this packing list is: Always travel in your heaviest shoes, your thickest sweaters and your biggest jacket. It fills up too much in the suitcase, and whether you are going to a hot or cold destination, the temperature in planes is always a bit erratic.

Therefore, a thick sweater is not a bad idea in higher air layers - it can become your best friend. On the other hand, the extra clothes do not count as extra luggage at the airport - and can easily be put in the tote bag at the airport if it should get too hot.

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Remember that it can vary from airline to airline how many kilos your suitcase may weigh. Therefore, research it carefully, because the price of being overweight is really annoying to pay - especially when you just think you have saved money by just taking hand luggage med.

Have fun with your packing list!

About the author

Sascha Meineche

Sascha is a Jew with his legs planted firmly in the relatively green Frederiksberg soil. As a child, it was on camping trips in Denmark in the summer spiced with slightly more exotic winter destinations. Today, Sascha is bitten by a crazy trip, and can neither collect enough stamps in the passport nor have booked enough trips. There are always at least two trips planned.
Sascha's favorite places in the world count everything from Canada to New York, Botswana and Munich. To put it mildly, there are few places in the world that Sascha does not dream of going to.



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