How To Make Packing Easier + Free Printable Check List

Packing is the bane of my life.

Even if I’m just going to sleep at Chris’s for a night or two I’ll always take way more than I need “just in case”. I get anxiety about being away from my stuff- what if I need it?!

Rather than doing the sensible thing and reasoning with myself why I won’t actually need 5 pairs of trousers, 3 books and my entire makeup collection for one night away; I take it all with me.

I think I have a problem!

How To Make Packing Easier + Free Check List

I do the same with my day to day handbag; I have everything in it but the kitchen sink…wait, can hand sanitizer technically class as the kitchen sink these days?

I think I have a genuine fear of being away from home. I come from a poor family so my parents never had any money to take me on holiday (none of us even own passports!) or go on the residential trips with school, so I’d never really spent any time away from home until I was 17/18.

The annoying thing is I love traveling! I love going to new places and experiencing new things, I just get super homesick after a day or two and panic I don’t have everything I’ll need with me.

Hence the serious overpacking!

How To Make Packing Easier + Free Check List

I’ve got much better over the last two years though, mostly because me and Abby went to so many gigs where we had to stay in a hotel for the night. We even went down to London for three days on our own- a massive achievement for two people with serious social anxiety!

I’m going on holiday to Wales tomorrow for a week and of course I tried to pack my whole wardrobe, makeup collection and bookshelf into one medium sized suitcase which was never going to fit.

So I did what I always do when I’m stressed: I made a fancy little checklist and I’m giving it to you to us too- completely free!

Download your free packing printable check list here

Not only does this help me make sure I have everything I need but there is a section to tick everything off a second time when you’re packing to come back- which helps make sure you don’t leave anything behind!

Be tough with yourself.

The reason I end up overpacking is because I let that little voice in my head go “yes but what if” way too much. Rather than letting separation anxiety win, as yourself if you’re realistically going to need it or not. If the answer isn’t a strong yes then leave it home.

Don’t leave it till the last minute.

Pack your case a few days before you’re due to leave. If you do it last minute you’ll be panicking about time and will just throw whatever is closest in: this means you’re a lot more likely to pack things you don’t need…and leave behind the things you do!

How To Make Packing Easier + Free Check List

Use space saving tricks.

If you’re going away for longer than a few days but don’t want to take a giant suitcase with you then you need to pack smart. Roll up your clothing rather than just the traditional folding: it lets you fit so much more into a smaller space!

Lists, lists lists!

Okay I’ve already mentioned this one but seriously- lists! Use my [freebie] or just scribble it down on a bit of scrap paper- it will make your life so much easier! Not into pen and paper? Then use your phones Notes instead: it works just as well and you’re less likely to loose it if you’re prone to putting things in a “safe place” which you then completely forget about after 30 seconds!

Also if you get anxiety while travelling you can check out this post on how to help minimise it!

Do you love or hate packing for a holiday? Let me know!

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  1. GorgeousAndGeeky

    June 5, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Haha I use every inch of my suitcase; I even put stuff in my shoes! What part of Wales are you in? I’m from Florida but live in Wales 🙂

  2. Jade Marie

    June 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I never thought to put things in my shoes! Might just have to use that trick!
    And we’re in Barmouth 🙂

  3. Vlad Vaida

    June 11, 2017 at 8:48 am

    So true I LOVE IT! LOL! I mean.. I started implementing those things since a few months and they work like wonder! Except the part where I’m tough with myself and start to prioritize stuff LOL. I mean… I’d rather pack extra photography equipment than clothes haha!!

  4. Jade Marie

    June 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Haha I can’t totally get on board with that idea!

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  6. Becca Michelle

    June 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This is so helpful! I’m glad I read this, I’m going on holiday soon and I need to start packing ahhhh

  7. Jade Marie

    June 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Glad to help hun! ☺️ I left mine right until the last minute as always 😂

  8. Kennedy Blogs

    July 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I am the same way about packing and making lists! And we own a lot of the same beauty products! Love your blogg!

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