September 25th, 2014
6 Ways to Become a Master Packer
Eagle Creek’s experts share their tips for packing like a pro.
If there were such a job as “professional packing expert,” the team here at Eagle Creek could all share the title (not to mention a few incredible packing tips!). Read on to find out how our employees take organizing your bag to a whole new level of awesome.
As a big trip approaches, there are so many things to do: pick up a new guidebook, call the dog-sitter and, of course, pack the suitcase. Organizing everything you’ll need into a bag or two can be a daunting task, but luckily Eagle Creek’s experts are here to share their tips for packing like a pro. Ever gotten that little zing of satisfaction that comes with zipping up a perfectly packed suitcase or duffel bag? It’s something the Eagle Creekers practically live for—and love to share with avid travelers who pride themselves on getting organized before a big trip. Before you start laying out your clothing and gear for your next getaway, consider these tips from Eagle Creek’s in-house packing gurus.
1. Bring less stuff
It might sound simple, but when going off on a big adventure that will include lots of different activities, it can be a challenge to cut down your packing list. Candyce at Eagle Creek, suggests starting with your clothing “wish list” and then cutting it back by about a third. Another one of her rules? “Never pack more than one pair of jeans!” she says, adding that you can keep your outfits feeling fresh by bring lots of accessories.
2. Color-code your suitcase
Why is it that the one thing you need always seems to be at the very bottom of your suitcase? Not anymore! The best way to keep your beautiful packing work intact is to use different color code with the Pack-It System. “The more you can categorize your stuff, the easier it will be to find what you’re looking for,” says Paul at Eagle Creek. He recommends using one color for underwear and socks, another for T-shirts and so on.
3. Use a better carry-on
If you’re hoping to save money by not checking a suitcase, it’s a good idea to invest in a quality carry-on bag. Candyce points out that the most spacious ones are boxy and lack wheels or handles, but admits that these can be pretty difficult to lug around. Instead, invest in a wheeled carry-on with an expansion feature, such as Eagle Creek’s Tarmac 22. If you get a little carried away bringing home treasures from your travels, you can easily expand the suitcase and check it on your return flight.
4. Keep your liquids secure
Liquids in 3-oz bottles (100 ml) are the bane of many modern-day travelers, but thankfully Eagle Creek makes it easy and more secure with the spill-proof Pack-It Sac. Product Developer James also suggests transferring your liquids and gels to silicone bottles to avoid any shampoo-covered-clothes disasters.
5. Be savvy with your shoes
Shoes can provide a whole host of packing challenges. Be sure to maximize space by stuffing them with socks or other small items, says Candyce. She also recommends limiting yourself to three pairs of shoes, placing them into Pack-It Shoe Sacs, and nesting them as if they were in a shoebox. If there’s an extra pair that you simply must have, wait until you clasp the interior compression straps of your travel bag. “There is sometimes this magic space that appears along the outside edges” Candyce explains. “Perfect for that fourth pair of shoes.”
6. Protect your devices
It’s easy for laptops and tablets to get bumps and bruises on a big journey. James emphasizes that each one should have its very own Pack-It Specter eOrganizer to ensure safe handling. These protective sleeves are made with lightweight foam padding and have a Power PortTM to allow you to charge up without ever removing your laptop or tablet. When going through airport security, James also recommends keeping your sleeve-protected device in a designated, exterior laptop pocket for easy access.
What other rules do you follow when packing for a big adventure? Let us know in the comments below.
Briana Palma is a writer, editor and serial expat who has lived in Ireland, Spain, and Italy. For more on her work, visit www.brianapalma.com.
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