Do you cringe at the thought of packing for a trip? Or is packing like a walk in the park, on a blissful sunny day for you? 😀
Perhaps you are like my brother who happens to be the most efficient packer I know. Whether he is going off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or he’s heading to Mombasa on a work-trip, he remains unfazed. The guy gets his packing done on the very morning of his trip, and somehow manages to fit in everything he needs to survive- in a backpack!
While I hate to admit it, packing for me could be described as- hurricane meets car crash with a ball of mayhem on top.
I tend to over-pack, particularly if a place promises to be cold- even in the least! I am a cold freak who will pack nearly everything she owns to keep out the cold, okay maybe not everything…but you get the picture right? 😀 The worst part is over-packing only to realize that you forgot the most essential things-when it’s too late!
Whichever of these two scenarios you identify with, it certainly helps to have a system to guide the packing process… That is why I was super excited to do this collaboration post with Jose Gonzalez, an American journalist, on ‘Packing Tips‘, and ‘How to do it right’ 🙂 😉
Jose Says: Has it ever happened that you were on a camping trip and you forgot to bring the most important thing of all: spare batteries!? Nowadays, it is all about pictures or it did not happen. So, no matter how wild your tale may sound if you have a couple of snaps to prove it, then you are in for business!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: WANJIKU THUO
But, all of this is pretty much impossible if you forgot to bring spare batteries for the camera, or as is more common nowadays-your power bank. Why not charge your phone/camera at the car? However, if you can camp near your car, it isn’t really camping is it? Ideally you want to camp as far away from the road as possible. This will probably add a bit of hiking to the equation, but that is just more fun. 😀
So, what should you do to reduce the probability of missing out important things for camping or any other trip? It is quite simple actually. You should start by making a list of items that you will need on the trip. Now, we know it might seem utterly boring and unnecessary, but be assured- it is essential. And if you happen to have a smartphone – which is very likely – you can use Siri, Android or Cortana to take down your list. Just dictate the items.
Once you have the list, it is time to select an appropriate bag. If you already have a backpack then good, otherwise buy a sturdy backpack from BackCountry using these coupons. They have an excellent weight distribution system, which will keep you from getting a strain or cramps.(Nakumatt and Mr. Price are also good options for a travel bag)
Just roll up the items and put them into the bag. Tick off the items one by one so that you do not miss anything out.
This is just the start. There is a whole art to packing efficiently and we have made just the right infographic to ease your way through it. 😉
So, read through and master the art of packing 🙂
What are your packing habits? Do you struggle to pack? Share with us on the Comments’ section below 🙂
Stay Inspired Always 🙂