Are you having a tough time packing and organizing for your extended European trip? These tips will de-stress your packing process.
Packing for a week in Europe is a cinch. Packing for an extended trip through Europe, on the other hand, is a different story — especially when you’re packing everything in a backpack. But it’s possible to fit everything you need in a bag that you don’t even have to check; it just takes some organization.
Here’s how to organize and pack a backpack for your upcoming extended Euro trip:
Choose the right backpack.
Your backpack could mean the difference between an enjoyable experience and a travel decision you may end up regretting. Choose one, like the Global Companion Collection, that’s comfortable and spacious, should you need the extra room.
Roll everything you can.
One of my favorite, tried-and-true packing methods is the roll method. Rather than folding your clothes, roll them up tightly and then put them in Pack-It Cubes to organize your bag. It may not seem like it at first glance, but rolling saves pretty significant space. Try it once, and you’ll never look back.
Utilize the Pack-It™ pieces.
As mentioned above, place your clothes in Pack-It™ Specter cubes. They not only help organize your belongings by category. Use Compression Cubes to help expel any unnecessary air taking up precious space in your bag. For pieces that don’t roll well (think: pants), I recommend using the medium garment folder, and put that on the backside of your backpack.
Separate your shoes.
Sure, shoes take up a lot of space, and it can be tricky trying to fit them in your bag and isolate them from your nice, clean clothes. But with a shoe sac, you can toss your shoes right on top of your clothing cubes (and the lightweight silnylon material won’t add bulk or weight).
Keep your undergarments together.
Underwear and socks get so easily lost in suitcases or backpacks — and when they’re loose, it’s also easy for pieces to fall out of your bag without you noticing. Fill one Cube with all of your under garments, and place it right on top of your clothing cube.
Organize your electronics.
Keep your electronics — like a small camera, memory cards, cables, and other accessories — together in a Specter Sac. Put them side-by-side in your backpack, and toward the top for easy access.
Use a toiletry kit.
The Pack-It Specter™ Wallaby will hold all of the toiletry items you need to keep you looking and feeling fresh on your Euro trip, with a convenient hook so you can hang it on a door or towel rack at every stop. The lightweight silnylon is water repellant, so you don’t have to worry about your shampoo leaking onto the rest of your gear.
Gather the excess.
Everyone has those miscellaneous items (think: razors, extra sunglasses, or bandaids) that usually end up in random nooks and crannies of their bags, never to be found again. Instead of tossing those items wherever you can at the last minute, gather them together and put them into the medium sac.
Do you have any other packing tips for long trips? Tell us in the comments!
Justin traded in his cushy desk job for a life on the road, and will be spending all of 2016 living in a converted Sprinter van with his brother while they climb, surf, and explore all 50 states in one year. Follow his blog, The Weekend Warrior, to keep tabs on their adventures.