Packing Tips – and how to roll your clothes better!

In our first 4 months traveling, we mastered a few packing hacks to make life easier. Click to read them!

A pin to make life easier!

Packing is NOT a pleasurable thing to do, yet it’s something we HAVE to do – we as in my family because we can’t just go and buy everything every time we go somewhere new. In this last 4 months, we did practice a lot and we got ourselves some nice techniques to make things go smoother, and I’m sharing with you today.

The best packing tips we could ever give for families

First of all, DON’T overpack. It’s messy, it’s useless and it’s anti-ecologic. So, you know, make a list of what you will need and pack that – and only that.

I know it’s hard to choose what pretty outfits for each kid you’re taking, but do it. And choose comfort over looks. Really. Every clothing item needs to be comfortable and practical.

Second of all, roll your tees, undies, and stretchy pants. And put everything in a packing cell – or cube, however, you call it. Here’s a video of me, doing it very nicely.

If you roll your clothes the way I showed you, they won’t unroll and explode whenever you open your packing cell (or bag, if you decide not to use one). It’s the thing that helped my boys keep their cubes organized because they were just shoving every nicely laundered and folded item inside the cubes. It was a nightmare.

Lastly, just really use every empty space in your bag. I mean it. Every tiny space. Just to give an example, my backpack is an Osprey Fairpoint 55. It’s got a nice curvy shape. The packing cells, even though they’re soft, they’re cubes. So I can fit a sweater at the bottom of the bag and the PJs on the top. Sometimes, depending on how the packing turned out, I can even fit something in between the cells, or over and around them – useful for those clothes that took longer to dry, or the stuff you were wearing until now. Angelo carries my shoes in his bag, but I could probably fit a pair in there.

Our packing cells aren’t anything special, we bought them because they were on sale.

We also use them to keep the cables, cords, power adapters and little electronic devices (such as pen drives, external HD, card readers). We have one small cell that fits everything nicely.

The ‘how to roll your clothes perfectly’ tutorial!

How to roll your clothes in photos, for those who don’t really like videos (I must warn you that videos are a bit better, you know, to understand it):

how to roll 1

How to roll T-shirts, part 1 of 2

  1. Your tee, nicely open
  2. Fold out the bottom of your tee, 1/4 of it seems to work unless it’s a sweater or something with thick fabric (in that case, you might need around 1/3)
  3. Turn it fold down, fold to the side.
how to roll 2

How to roll you T-shirt 2 of 2

4. Fold the other side of the tee

5. Roll from the top to the bottom

6. Take the bottom fold (the first one you made, on step 2), open it and insert the roll into it. Ta-da!

how to roll pants

How to roll your pants

  1. Lay your pants flat
  2. Fold the top of it (1/4 of works for most pants)
  3. Turn it fold down and fold the sides
  4. Roll from the bottom to the top
  5. Insert the roll into the first fold – this step might take some tries, it might undo, so do carefully.

If you’d like to see, you can click here to see the entire list of what we’re taking on this trip!

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