Christmas break is quickly approaching and it’s almost time to head home for the holidays, but packing for an extended visit doesn’t leave much room for gifts. Will your backpack or carry-on be able to hold everything you need to take with you? With these tips, you’ll be able to pack those presents without leaving anything behind.
Plan Your Wardrobe
It may feel like a challenge to leave so many clothes behind and still have plenty of options, but careful planning means you’ll still look great at every holiday party.
Choose items that are neutral, a solid color, or can be layered for variety. Neutral staple items in your arsenal can be dressed up or changed by adding scarves or different jewelry, adding layers, and by mixing and matching with other items. A button-up shirt is a great option that can be both casual and dressy, especially for men. If you are tempted to bring an item you know you’ll only wear once, ask yourself if it’s for a special occasion and really necessary.
Planning your wardrobe should include shoes and outerwear. Try to choose shoes that look great with several outfits. Then wear the bulkiest pair while you travel and only pack one or two pairs in your bag. Choose a coat or jacket with a simple design that can be worn for both casual and dressy occasions.
Roll Instead of Fold
One easy, but very effective, way to create more room is to roll your t-shirts, pants, and sweaters instead of folding them. Rolled up items can be stored in tight spaces and won’t wrinkle as easily.
Store Liquid Items Separately
Air pressure on an airplane can sometimes cause bottles of shampoo or lotion to open and leak. It’s a good idea to store them in sealed bags or containers and separate them from other items to prevent a mess.
Choose the Right Bag
The Gomatic Travel Bag is built for traveling smart. It has separate compartments and accessories to effectively utilize existing space, and an innovative design that allows you to carry it as a backpack or duffel bag. Check out some of the amazing ways you can save space!
One end of the Gomatic Travel Bag has a slot just the right size for a pair of shoes. You can keep the dirty soles from touching the rest of your belongings while also freeing up space in the main compartment. The flap of this pocket also holds a laundry bag that can be hung for easy use. On the opposite end from the shoes, there is another compartment for socks and underwear.
You can also choose to include a shirt organizer, toiletry bag, vacuum bag, and compression packing cube. The cube is a great place to store those rolled up items and take them from 5.5 inches down to 3.5 inches.
Once you’ve packed most of your clothing and toiletries into the smaller compartments, the middle section has a large opening for convenient packing of larger items. This is a great place to store gifts for loved ones and bring home gifts you’ve received.
Easy to Carry
The Gomatic Travel Bag has comfortable straps so you can wear it like a backpack and includes removable waist straps for added support. The versatile strap system also allows you to carry it like a duffel bag and place it on the handle of a rolling suitcase if you have more luggage with you.
Other great features of the travel bag include pockets for books, laptops, tablets, passports and ID, and a water bottle. There is also a fleece-lined pocket for valuables and lockable zippers. Plus the bag is made with high quality, waterproof materials for durability.