How to put things in a travel bag?

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Are you planning a short business trip or a short trip? It is hardly worth taking a suitcase on such a trip, because you will need few things. The best option would be a travel bag, which in some cases is preferable. It is lighter and allows you to win a couple of kilograms. When empty, the bag folds up and takes up minimal space, unlike a suitcase, which has a rigid shape. If the burden seems heavy, it can be carried by two, because it has two handles, not one.

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Here is a popular model of a unisex bag, the dimensions of which correspond to the parameters of hand luggage in many airlines around the world. It is spacious enough to fit everything you might need on a short trip. Use Grizzly’s tips to pack your travel bag compactly and hit the road in a great mood.

Council number 1. make a list

Make a detailed list of things you need ahead of time and go through it a few times. Ruthlessly cut off the superfluous and what, in principle, you can do without. Come back to this list in a few days and narrow it down further. The bottom line should be the most important and necessary. Do not throw away the list, it will help you out more than once in the future.

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Council number 2. Prepare things

Before packing things, prepare them, collect them in one place, for example, on the bed. So it will be easier for you to estimate the volume of luggage and mentally determine the sequence of placement in the bag. In addition, this approach will not allow you to take anything extra.

Consider the climate of the area you are traveling to and check the weather forecast. At the height of summer in Antalya, woolen sweaters are not useful, and in the mountains, high-heeled shoes. Taking things from the category «just in case» means to fill the bag with unnecessary things at the expense of necessary ones. For the same reason, delicate and delicate clothes and accessories that require special care should be discarded. Whatever you take should be practical and hardy. In addition, you can probably buy a lot on the spot.

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Council number 3. Use travel bags and makeup bags

Place creams, lotions, cosmetics, bath and shaving accessories in special cases. So they are better preserved, do not crumble in the whole bag, do not stain clothes, and they can be easily found.

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Council number 4. Don’t take too many shoes

The travel bag is not dimensionless, and shoes take up a lot of space. If you’re heading to the seaside, besides a pair of casual shoes, you’ll only need flip flops and sneakers. If the beach is not included in your plans, then you can get by with two pairs of shoes, one of which you will wear on the road.

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Council number 5. Use tricks to keep things compact

The main trick is the ability to rationally distribute everything you need, especially if you need to take a lot of clothes with you. So, underwear: its amount corresponds to the number of days of the trip. Blouses, dresses, men’s shirts are taken on the basis of «one day one thing». The lower part of the wardrobe (trousers, jeans, shorts) requires half as much as tops. All items must be in season.

Stuff your shoes with socks and underwear to save space and prevent your shoes and sneakers from deforming. Shoes need to be unpacked and laid out in the corners of the travel bag; you should not necessarily strive to decompose it in pairs.

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Clothes can be styled in a variety of ways. For example, stacks look pretty neat, but in the end it doesn’t come out too compact, and creases on trousers and shirts have to be smoothed out for a long time. It is not a fact that on a business trip or vacation there will be an iron at hand and there will be time to put things in order.

You can, of course, leave things in your travel bag at random, but the result will be even worse. We recommend laying them in a modern style (see the next tip).

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Council number 6. Roll things up

Want to fit quite a lot of clothes in your travel bag and not wrinkle? The rolling technique will help, in which things are not stacked in flat piles, but wrapped in rollers. This is done as follows: a sweater or a body shirt is turned inside out, carefully straightened; the sleeves are laid inside, after which the thing is folded in half and rolled up. The rollers are placed tightly, leaving no empty spaces; At the same time, the clothes do not wrinkle; upon arrival at the place, they simply take them out of the bag and put them on.

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Council number 7. Use vacuum bags

If you have a lot of clothes to put in your travel bag, place them in small vacuum bags. With their help, they drastically reduce the volume. They are especially effective for winter travel, when a large proportion of luggage is occupied by lush sweaters and jackets. There is a lot of air between the fibers of wool and mohair, which is removed after being placed in the bag.

The bags are closed with a hermetic double zipper that does not allow air to pass through and maintains a vacuum. The pump can be purchased separately, and if it is not available, use a regular household vacuum cleaner. As a result, the volume of things shrinks by 2-4 times.

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Tip #8. Decide on the weight of the bag

Modern travel bags are quite hardy, but their handles are still not made of iron. Therefore, you need to clearly know how many kilograms of luggage your bag is able to withstand. To do this, you need to fill it with heavy objects and walk around the apartment. Comfortable, does not cut the hand, are the handles not too tight? If all is well, then weigh the load on your home scales, and take note of the result. This is especially important in the case of air travel, where there are restrictions on the weight of luggage and hand luggage.

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Tip #9. Leave some free space

Even now, having mastered the tricks and tricks of compact stowage, you should not stuff your travel bag to capacity. It is recommended to leave some space for new clothes and souvenirs, because shopping is an integral part of any trip.

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