Packing Tips: How To Pack The Right Way

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Hello there! :D Do you cringe at the thought of packing for a trip? Cringe no more! In this post, I’ll share practical packing tips on how to do it right!


Packing: The Two Types Of Travellers…

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. :D


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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? :D

The worst part is over-packing only to find that you forgot the most essential things; when it’s too late! Can you relate?




Whichever of these two scenarios you identify with, it certainly helps to have a system to guide your 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’ :) ;)


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           There’s hope in the horizon… :)



Packing Tips: 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!






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. :D




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. Find a a sturdy backpack with a good weight distribution system, which will keep you from getting a strain or cramps. Mr. Price is a good option 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. ;)

Check it out below and master the art of packing. :)


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Co-produced by :Rebateszone & Scrapbook Journeys


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Thank you for reading! I’d love to hear back from you! What are your packing habits? Do you struggle to pack? Share your packing tips with us on the Comments’ section below :)

Until the next one….

<< Stay. Inspired. Always. >>




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  • Reply
    July 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Great Tips. i always struggle when packing and end up packing more than i will need.
    Great Blog too. Keep writing.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      July 21, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Nduku for reading! I am glad the tips are useful! All the best on your next packing experience :D :)

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    July 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    good tips about packing I always find carrying everything from my walled row and forget jacket to keep warm in cold.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      July 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      I hear you! I hope it will be better the next time thanks to the tips :D Thanks for reading :D

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    June 3, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I think this read right here was meant for me…I always freak out when packing and becomes worse when travelling with hubby and my son. I find myself carrying almost everything in my closet…*sigh! I will try this the next time I am travelling see whether it will help.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 7, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Mercy! I totally feel you! Packing can be quite the task, not to mention when others have to be accounted for, whoa! I hope the tips help as you pack for your next trip :) :)

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    May 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    So now, I also pack in the morning of the trip but wah, I find myself packing everything..I find myself packing 3 sets of clothes for one imagine if its a four day trip, the amount of clothes I have packed only and then other tu-small things…thanks for this..get to practice it in two weeks :)

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Oh wow, sounds a lot like me :) haha, it can be quite frustrating-this packing business… I can’t wait to hear how it goes when you practice..All the best Diccie ;) :D

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    May 24, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I am one of those poor packers who only remembers what I forgot when in need miles away. Thanks for the tips Marion!!

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    May 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I tend to go overboard especially if the place I’m traveling to is cold. Great tips

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    May 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Wow! Thanks Marion…this is good.
    I need this in my life…I find myself carrying 3 bags for a two days trip.
    I’m also printing a copy…otherwise good job madam!

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Hahaha I totally get that :) Thanks for reading :) I hope we will do better as we travel in the near future ;) #winks

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    irene Nduku
    May 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I absolutely love..

    learnt alot Marion.
    Thanks for helping.I am a proffesional when it comes to over packing.

    I love your blog too.keep going girl,

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Irene, I am happy to hear it helped…Over-packing is quite something! Thanks for the feedback :) xxx

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    May 20, 2016 at 6:52 am

    And your photographer is just…I’ll definitely add her to my packing list☺️…to help me capture wondeful moments of my trip☺️

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Haha I bet she is reading this and smiling from end to tooth :D Sounds like A Plan!! :D

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      May 24, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Oh wow Thank you for compliments Glorious and Yes Marion am smiling to the last tooth
      2 of the things I love Photography and travelling

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    May 20, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Wow! Thanks Double M☺️…very wonderf tips on packing☺️…I can’t wait to try them out and be that Happy Packer as well…very wonderful blog☺️

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Glorious! Yes, let’s spread the love to packing and make it a happy part of travelling :) I would love to hear how it works out :D Thanks for reading :)

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    Nesh Kanja
    May 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for the mention
    I always have the checklist on my mind while packing as well how I get to spend my days during my trip
    With that its easy for me to pack though with a more informed approach from this blog and Inforgraphics, I will surely take the lead from the packing tips hear.

    Thanks again and keep up with the great job sis.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Wow, it’s interesting to read what is usually going through your mind as you pack :) :D It’s humbling to read that you learned something here too-thanks for reading dear :)

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    May 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow Marion thanks so much for the tips. I will always keep in mind what to do. I normally overpack. Thanks again.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Wow Nelius, thanks for always reading! It’s been amazing to read how many of us also end up over-packing…and hopefully we can all grow into happy organized packers :D :)

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    Kim Wambui
    May 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Great read…
    thank you for the tips Marion….your blogging game is on fleek!!
    so unique and fun…
    with Wanjiku’s great Photography…

    i will stay inspired for sure :)

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Kim, that’s both encouraging and humbling :) Wanjiku is a gift for certain! We keep on, thanks for reading :) :D

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    Kim Wambui
    May 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    This has really helped…
    your blogs are sooo unique and very educative not to mention the really amazing photography by Wanjiku!!
    i will stay inspired for sure.
    Thank you for this tips!
    you are the best..

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 20, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Oh wow, Kim lovely to read that the tips helped :) And thanks ever so much for the encouraging words-truly humbled. :D :)

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    May 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I am surprised i learnt a lot about packing…I have always overpacked so this goes a long way in refining it

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Great to hear Rhodes! I certainly hope packing will soon be an organized yet more fun process :) Thanks so much for reading :D

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    MS. mithamo
    May 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Wow , considering you’re an addict in packing you’re entire closet, this is well thought of. Awesome read and you look so pretty

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Haha, yes you are right my dear…Better start with cleaning out my own ‘closet’ right? Thanks for reading hun :)

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    May 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Yes…just what I needed for my trip in two months..(July),. I struggle alot packing , I end up carrying unnecessary stuff.
    Good tips am printing out for future reference . Am loving what you are doing Marion , you still have this fan hooked. <3

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Janet you are star! Thank you for always reading! I am truly grateful to know that you are following along, thanks for the support. I hope this list helps you on all your upcoming trips!! :D

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    Wanjiku Thuo
    May 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Very helpful Marion
    I am more of a checklist person who apparently still needs days to pack
    I totally relate with over-parking, I tend to think maybe a certain dress may not quite fit the occasion or maybe a pant will work better with a nice blouse or a T-shirt…. so I pack all options, so be sure ,.. and safe

    Am just saying it not entirely fun to pack.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Hahaha Wanjiku, we are in the same boat :D Thankfully we can now take a more organised route. Always a pleasure reading your feedback. Great job on the photography!! Hope we will have more fun now as we pack on? :D

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