TRAVEL TIPS

Pack Your Stuff More Effectively : Backpack 101

 So you’re preparing for the journey to your dream destination. You got so many ‘important’ things to bring, but the space of your bag is so limited, and you are confused which one should be left behind in order to make more spaces for the more crucial stuffs. Worry no more, we will share you some of the tricks of how to pack your backpack efficiently! 

So you’re preparing for the journey to your dream destination. You got so many ‘important’ things to bring, but the space of your bag is so limited, and you are confused which one should be left behind in order to make more spaces for the more crucial stuffs. Worry no more, we will share you some of the tricks of how to pack your backpack efficiently! (*keep in mind that packing is a personal activity, so feel free to adapt these tips into your personal preferences.) Generally, packing can be broken down into these main three zones :

  • Bottom zone: Good for bulky gear and items that you might not need until you arrive at the hostelry(shoes, sleeping bags, etc.). Packing this kind of soft, squishy stuff at the bottom of your bag also helps creating a kind of shock-absorption system for both your back and your bag.
  • Core zone: Good for denser, heavier items.
  • Top zone: Good for bulkier essentials you might need on your way.
  • Accessory pockets: Good for essentials you’ll need urgently/often.
Alternative of backpack's load distribution

Alternative of backpack’s load distribution

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Some stuffs require more tricks in order to be packed effectively. Here they are :

CLOTHES

Clothes will obviously make up the bulk of the stuff you bring. So many packing tips out there will tell you to roll your clothes(instead of folding it) to save more space. It’s not wrong though, but there’s a much more space-saving method that will make you proud of yourself—use compression bag! Compression bag will slimmed down your puffy items, can be used to separate your dirty clothes from your clean ones, and it’s waterproof. Besides compression bag, you can also use packing cubes. Packing cubes is a mesh cube that you pack your clothes in. It has many different sizes, you can use them to separate your clothes into groups(t-shirts in one cube, underwear in another, etc.), so you can grab only that certain cube that you need—no need to pull everything out of the backpack just to grab that one pants near the bottom.

Compression bag (plastic)

Compression bag (plastic)

Compression bag

Compression bag

Using packing cubes

Using packing cubes

TOILETRIES

“Don’t bring tons of toiletries” is an ‘easier-to-be-said-than-done’ advice. Try not to bring full bottles of your toiletries(e.g. shampoo, shower gel) and bring the travel-sized ones instead, since the full bottles will add a lot of unnecessary weight to your bag. Most hostel bathrooms are small and have no shelves, so it will be a lot more hassle-free to pack your toiletries in a hungable bag. And if you plan on flying, make sure your liquids are easily accessible at security so you can access them quickly without unpacking almost all your stuff.

GADGET AND TECH STUFFS

Instead of putting them in the accessories pocket, you may consider to put them in one sealed, waterproof container. Cables and small gears like earphones will get you in trouble once they become tangled. It’s better to put them in a dedicated storage that is safe and hassle-free.

SURVIVAL ITEMS

It could be stuffs like first aid kit, rain jacket, snacks, sunglasses, etc. Put them in the brain of the pack so you can access them as fast as possible.

 

Text : Nadia Maya Ardiani

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