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7 Essential Packing Tips for Couples

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Sep 13, 2022 02:07 PM EDT

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Packing for a trip with your significant other can be a lot of fun. Going on a trip means you can pick outfits that coordinate, you can spend time together, and you can both get a much-needed reprieve from your day-to-day activities. When you're packing, you want to make sure you're both happy and comfortable, but also that you're not going over budget or carrying too much stuff. There are some tips and tricks to make it easier for couples to pack for their next trip, and here are 7 of them:

Be Picky

Decide what you do and don't need. When deciding what clothes and gear to take, it's helpful to think about the type of trip you'll be taking. If you're going on a long-term backpacking adventure, for example, you'll need versatile clothing that can be washed often versus needing a new outfit everyday for a trip to Hawaii.

Be picky about what you bring so that you don't have 15 pairs of shoes you'll never wear, and that dress you hate, "just in case." Choose coordinating outfits especially if you have date nights planned at special locations, and you could even find some great couples matching underwear for late-night hotel room activities.

Take Only What You Can Carry

For couples, the amount of luggage you bring is an important decision. You may want to pack a lot of things for your trip, but there are some things that should be left at home. One-bag travel is a great way to simplify and streamline your packing process. Instead of checking bags, try to keep all your belongings in one bag. Or at least put the most important items for each of you in the carry on bag. Additionally, splitting your clothing between two bags is beneficial as well because if one gets lost you both still have outfits to wear in the other bag.

Pack the Heaviest Things at the Bottom of Your Bags

The heaviest things in your bag should be packed at the bottom of your bag. This will help you pack more efficiently and effectively. The bottom of a suitcase tends to be more stable than the sides, so it's best to put heavy items there. They won't shift around as much and cause problems with other items in your suitcase. You can also use packing cubes for each person or couple in a shared bag - this way, you know where everything is when it comes time to unpack.

Roll Your Clothes

Folding can take up more space than rolling. If you roll tightly, you can fit more in your suitcase this way. Roll clothes in the opposite direction of how you will wear them on the trip so that when they come out of the suitcase and hang up at home, they will be right side out and ready to wear. This can also minimize wrinkles in clothing as well. Some people even like to roll outfits together to make it easier to pick out what to wear.

Coordinate Colors

Try to pack in colors that will all match. Packing in colors that will work together is also a good idea. While this isn't essential, it can make it easier to mix and match outfits when you don't have an entire wardrobe with you. If you're not sure what colors will match, try using a color wheel to guide your decisions.

Mix, Match, and Layer

If you're packing for a trip that involves both warm and cold weather, mix and match your clothing so that you can layer up or down depending on the temperature. If it's going to be hot outside, bring light clothes like shorts and tank tops. If it's going to be cool, pack long sleeves and pants or jeans instead. If it might be both, add some zip up hoodies, sweaters, and even a pair of gloves to the mix.

Leave Space in Your Luggage

It's very easy to overpack for a trip, especially when you're packing for both of you. Try to leave space in your luggage for souvenirs that you buy during the trip. Don't forget to pack a bag for dirty clothes and other things that will inevitably get soiled while traveling as well. Leaving space in your luggage can also make your suitcases easier to get around which is better for you as you travel.

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