Traveling is a great way to get away from it all and see new places — but traveling can also be very expensive. You need everything you own with you when you’re on the road, including clothes, toiletries, food, medications, electronics, luggage, and more.
When you bring so much stuff along with you, a lot of it ends up taking up valuable space in your car or hotel room. And what about those times when you don’t even take everything out? It’s easy to misplace items or let them just sit around until they become something else.
How to Pack Camera Gear for Travel?
It might seem like a hassle to pack everything every time you leave home for a trip, but there are ways to make storing travel gear less stressful. The key is organization. If you keep everything together, you’ll save yourself time and energy by not having to dig through suitcases looking for a specific item. Plus, if you’re packing lights, you won’t have as many things that are taking up unnecessary space. Keep reading for our top tips on how to organize travel gear.
Use Packing Cubes and Plastic Bins
Packing cubes were created specifically for this purpose. These plastic storage containers come in different sizes (ranging from small to extra large) and feature compartments designed to fit everyday household objects like toothbrushes, makeup, and other cosmetics, pens, paperclips, etc.
They are perfect for holding travel pillows and linens, towels, shower products, deodorant, hairdryers, and anything else you use each day. Packing cubes are available online and at most retailers where beauty supplies are sold.
Plastic bins are another good option. These can hold almost any type of object and are often used for organizing shoes, scarves, jewelry, belts, ties, money clips, watches, sunglasses, lip balm, compact discs, eyeglasses, contact lenses, and chargers. Baskets, baskets, baskets! A well-organized bin will help you find everything quickly while reducing clutter.
Create Stacks and Shelving Systems
One of the best ways to maximize space without sacrificing quality is to create vertical spaces using shelving systems. This saves floor space and makes putting things away easier because you’re getting rid of horizontal surfaces.
For example, instead of haphazardly tossing bottles onto a table or bedside nightstand, stack them vertically into a tall cabinet. Use clear organizers or bins to label what everything inside is for. This makes finding things later on a lot simpler since you’ll already know what’s in which box.
You can also use wall shelves to hang bags and purses or attach hooks to hanging rods above beds. Hang jackets over chairs or dresser tops to avoid wrinkles. If you want to go further, invest in a closet organizer system (also known as a wardrobe rack).
With these units, you can easily fold sweaters, skirts, and pants over hangers and then put them back in their spots. Or, you can simply hang clothing on metal rings attached to a pole. Another plus: Closet organizers allow you to open drawers horizontally rather than awkwardly twisting doors upward.
When choosing furniture, look for pieces with drawers that slide out completely (or at least halfway), especially for larger items like umbrellas and beach blankets. That way, you can pull out drawers when necessary. Also, consider buying furniture with built-in cabinets. This way, you don’t have to worry about wasting precious space on bulky ottomans or end tables.
Invest in Multi-Purpose Products
Instead of buying multiple sets of plates, bowls, cups, and flatware depending on whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, try investing in multi-purpose products. Look for dishes made of stainless steel, glass, ceramic, porcelain, clay, earthen materials, or combinations thereof. Not only do these products reduce waste, but they also provide better durability. In fact, many hotels offer guests free breakfast foods because they last longer.
In addition to saving space in your kitchen, some dishware companies sell nesting sets that serve two purposes: They’re both decorative and functional. Nested trays, platters, bowls, pitchers, and mugs protect fragile items from breakage.
If you’ve got kids, you should check out kid-friendly products like collapsible utensils, drinkware, and plates. Don’t forget to add a few fun accent pieces like teacups, tumblers, vases, candles, and magnets.
Store Small Items Separately
Many people think that bigger means better. However, sometimes smaller can mean better. For instance, when packing electronics, it’s smart to separate cords and cables from devices. Cords can kink and cause damage, and cables may short out if exposed to moisture. To prevent this, wrap cords securely and cover openings with electrical tape.
Likewise, you should buy travel-size products whenever possible. Most airlines stock them in the airport shops, and hotels often include extras in guest rooms. While these items may cost a little more upfront, they could save you money in the long run.
And speaking of long runs, remember to roll up socks and underwear before placing them in shoe boxes. Doing so prevents wrinkling and reduces bulk.
No matter how careful you are, you probably still lose things. To combat this, label everything with permanent markers. Even if you have to write several words per side of the tag, it helps. This is especially helpful for family members who aren’t always together. Labels should contain information such as name, address, phone number, and return mailing addresses.
Keep Your Valuables Safe
Whenever possible, secure valuables in lockable boxes or cases. Don’t rely solely on locks, however; a combination lock has a higher success rate. Some hotels and airports now require that you lock your suitcase, too. Check out TSA guidelines for locking your bag. It’s worth knowing how to pick a lock if you ever find yourself in that situation.
Also, keep your luggage close to you during walkways. Thieves usually target unattended luggage first. Don’t dawdle in front of stores or restaurants, either. Instead, move ahead of others and stick to well-lit areas. And never leave packages sitting outside your door after dark.
Remember, though, that safety is relative. No security measure is foolproof, so always watch your belongings and follow common-sense rules. Never carry pricey items like laptops or cell phones in public. Avoid wearing flashy jewelry, carrying lots of cash, or leaving bags unattended. Be aware of your surroundings and maintain awareness of potential threats.
Now you’re equipped with plenty of ideas to start planning your next vacation. Of course, these tips are only a starting point. We encourage you to experiment with different organizational methods to discover what works best for you. After all, every traveler is unique, and no single solution fits everyone perfectly. So take advantage of trial and error, and enjoy your travels!
When it comes to packing your camera gear for travel, the more you know about what will work best for you, the better. We have outlined some tips on how to pack camera gear in a number of different scenarios. If you are unsure about what to pack or need help choosing a case or bag, let us know and we’ll be happy to assist!