Packing for your return trip home when you have almost double the stuff you brought because of gifts, souvenirs, and trinkets can be daunting. You may not have the space in your suitcases, or you may be worried about things breaking en route. Here are some tips to best get your items safely home.
Ship Large Items Ahead
If you have bulky items or gifts that won’t fit in your suitcase, consider shipping them home ahead of time. This will save you space in your luggage and the hassle of having to carry them with you on public transportation or through airports.
You can even ship gift items directly to your loved ones so they don’t have to wait for you to get home to receive them.
When it comes to shipping things back home, it’s essential to pick the right shipping company, hire a freight unloading service, and insure your items.
Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are small, medium, or large fabric cubes with a zipper that you can use to organize and compress your clothes.
Packing cubes help you use all the space in your suitcase as you can also pack small trinkets and souvenirs in the cubes.
Packing cubes also make unpacking a breeze. You can just unzip the cube and pull out what you need, without having to dig through your entire suitcase.
When choosing packing cubes, look for ones that are made from lightweight and durable fabric, have a water-resistant coating and have strong zippers.
To use packing cubes, start by folding your clothes into neat rectangles or squares. Then, place the folded clothes into the packing cube, and zip it up. Repeat this process until all of your clothes are packed into packing cubes.
Once your clothes are packed into packing cubes, place the cubes into your suitcase. Start with the largest items first.
To pack portable trinkets or souvenirs, look for empty spaces in the packing cubes and fill them in. Make sure to wrap fragile items in clothes or towels to further prevent them from breaking.
Invest in a Good Luggage Scale
You don’t want to get to the airport only to find out that your luggage is overweight and you have to pay a hefty fee.
To avoid this, invest in a good luggage scale. Most digital luggage scales can weigh up to 110 pounds, which is more than enough for most suitcases.
When choosing a luggage scale, look for one that is lightweight and portable. You should also make sure that the scale is accurate and easy to read.
Try reading review blogs for the best options within your budget. Or, you can read online reviews on e-commerce sites to get an idea of which luggage scales are the most popular.
Packing for a return trip home doesn’t have to be stressful. So, the next time you’re returning from a vacation, remember to ship large items ahead, use packing cubes, and invest in a good luggage scale.