travel

How I Packed for Traveling in Recent Years

Okay, okay, I can assume what you’re thinking. Traveling is probably not the best option now. And I have no plans to go anywhere outside Long Island, New York, any time soon.

However, when it does become safe and normal again, these tips can apply. They also could apply if you’re driving somewhere local and have to stay there overnight. For example, when Tropical Storm Isais hit, I lost power and my parents had to leave town for business purposes. So, I stayed with a family friend not far from me until my electricity restored.

Anyway, here are some suggestions for packing, whether you must travel or not. I will exclude anything related to the pandemic as they are currently mandatory, but won’t be for the rest of time.

1: Airing out and rolling clothes instead of folding them

This saves a lot of room in bags, especially if you have to fly on a plane. But even if you don’t, whether you take a train where restrictions might be more relaxed, or drive and have pretty much no regulations other than your own, this technique still comes in handy. You will be less likely to receive muscle aches and exhaustion from taking it around.

2: Pack only what you know you’ll use.

I emphasized the word, “know”, because I truly mean it. When I was younger, I would pack lots of things I ended up not using like magazines, books, and other items. Now I would pack less and only include things I am a hundred percent certain I’ll use. And I did.

Although this time is not exactly the ideal time to travel, unless you absolutely have to, these tips can still be used once it is. Even if you are staying at someone’s house overnight and they reside within minutes from you, it’s still a good idea to consider these packing methods. Less can be more at any time. Hopefully within less than a year, the part about the pandemic and travel restrictions will no longer be relevant.