As a seasoned traveler, I have seen and done it all. I have packed my bags more times than I can count, and although I think I’ve got the packing process down to a science, I have definitely made some mistakes along the way. If you are going on your first big trip, you may be making some of these same mistakes without even knowing it. So check out this list of travel packing mistakes and make sure you’re not making these novice errors before you head out on your next trip!
1) Not checking the weather forecast
A lot of people don’t plan ahead and know what to pack based on the weather forecast. One thing you’ll want to do is check the forecast before packing, so you know what to bring with you. It’s also important to be mindful of any possible events or activities that may happen while you’re away. A sudden rainstorm might mean bringing an umbrella or a waterproof jacket, while a weekend spent at the beach might call for your swimsuit and towel.
2) Not dressing according to the weather forecast
If you’re traveling somewhere with changing weather, be sure to pack for all the different possibilities. Pack warm clothes and layers if it’s cold, and pack light clothing if the forecast is hot. With the unpredictability of weather, it’s best to be prepared just in case.
3) Forgetting about seasons and unpredictable weather
Some clothing, like sweaters and jackets, can be bulky and take up a lot of space when packing. If you’re not sure if you’ll need these items, pack them in a carry-on bag so that they are easily accessible.
Napping, eating healthy snacks and drinking lots of water while you travel will also help keep your energy levels up. If you’re feeling hungry or tired, don’t be afraid to buy an airline meal or snack on the plane.
4) Pack too much; overpacking can be worse than under-packing
Packing too much is one of the most common mistakes people make when they travel. If you pack more clothes than you need, then your bag will be heavier and bulkier to carry around. And if you bring too many shoes or accessories, you might not have room in your bag to fit everything else that you need.
5) Forgetting to pack charging accessories
Don’t forget to pack a charging cord and/or adapter. Your phone, tablet, laptop or other devices can go dead quickly when you travel. If you’re not near an outlet, it’s good to have some backup power on hand.
6) Forgetting your power bank, essential in today’s world
If you forget your power bank, the only thing you can do is find an outlet and hope it’s working. I’ve been in this situation before, and it’s not pretty. However, if you have a power bank with you, you’ll be able to charge up your phone at any time! This is an essential item that no traveler should ever leave behind.
7) Not prioritizing day bags over luggage bags
If you’re only traveling for a few days, skip the luggage and use a smaller day bag instead. They’ll force you to pack less, so your belongings won’t get wrinkled or damaged during the trip. Plus, you’ll have more room to bring back souvenirs!
8) Overweight luggage and backpacks are easy burdens on your body when walking around
You may not realize how much your weight is affected by the amount of luggage you carry. If you’re carrying a small backpack, it’s usually not too bad. However, when you start to carry more and heavier items, this can put a lot of strain on your shoulders, back, and legs. It’s imperative that you take an honest assessment of how much weight you are willing to carry.