How to pack in 30 minutes flat
If packing is notoriously frustrating, time consuming, and a major form of stress, you may need to rethink your routine and create a more simplified method. The following minimalist packing tips will do the trick.
As the founder of the elevated lifestyle label The Flight Pack as well as creative director of her own digital agency Rogue Stories, Gloria Chik is the epitome of a digital nomad. She creates her own schedule, works from wherever she prefers and frequently zips across the world for both work and play. She actually created The Flight Pack to fill a personal gap — the lack of sleek organizers to hold small, loose items.
Gloria has had to master the art of efficient travel. And she knows that packing doesn't have to be a dreadful activity. It could be a form of meditation and aesthetic pleasure: imagine sipping tea, listening to soft music, and methodically placing your beloved items in a beautiful organizer. This could be your experience with a simple revamp of your old packing habits as follows:
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If you leave it up to memory you'll always forget something. The best way to pack swiftly and efficiently is to use a checklist (download mine). Think about the items that you know you always need, categorize them (clothing, accessories, toiletries, etc.) so they are easy to grab, and voila.
There are certain things (like travel sized toiletries and beach gear) that you can always keep packed up and ready to simply throw in your luggage whenever you take a trip. Having a set of pre-packed items significantly cuts down on travel prep time. I keep my small travel items in The Flight Pack and periodically refresh the stock so when I'm headed on a trip I can just grab the organizer, toss it in my luggage and go.
If you wear a daily uniform you'll cut your packing time in half by not having to think too hard about outfits. Even if you don't wear a uniform in your everyday life, consider creating a standard set of go-to travel outfits (a mini capsule wardrobe for travel) or sticking to a set color scheme to alleviate the "what to pack" stress.
Believe it or not, many people don't know how to properly fold and arrange items based on what they are taking. Rolling items helps maximize space. Folding will minimize wrinkles. Bundling and grouping like items make it easy to reach and pull things out when needed. Figure out a folding method that works for based on what you are packing.
It's worth taking the time upfront to find the right pieces of luggage and travel accessories that work for you. I'm personally obsessed with Rimowa's lightweight bags as they make it easy to pack more without going over weight limits. I use The Flight Pack and a couple of packing cubes to keep the inside of my luggage neat and organized.
Many thanks to fellow creative entrepreneur Gloria Chik of The Flight Pack who collaborated with us to bring you this simple list of techniques that will have you all packed up and ready to jet set in minutes instead of hours.