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Pack Your Bag(s)

February 07, 2018

Getting ready for a 13-week travel assignment can be both exciting and hectic! You’ve got so much to do– from squaring things away at home to making sure you’re getting all your paperwork done for your assignment.

Packing your bags may be one of the last things on your to-do list, but it’s one of the most important things to get right!

Of course, you don’t want to show up with bags upon bags of clothing, toiletries and other odds and ends from home; so, what’s the most efficient way to get everything done? We’ve come up with a few helpful hints to make your packing (and the rest of your adventure) a breeze!

1. Make a packing list. Begin to think of things you use every day, as well as things you can’t live without, a few weeks before you begin packing for your assignment. Adding to this list over time can help ensure that you won’t forget anything the day of.

Go over your packing list the day of, and make sure everything is packed and ready to go.

2. For shampoo, conditioner and other bottled liquids, place a square of plastic wrap under the cap. The plastic wrap will keep the liquids from getting into the cap and spilling out if the lid isn’t shut all the way. Place the piece of plastic wrap on top of the bottle and screw the cap back on. Safe and secure!

3. Roll your t-shirts, pants and other garments to save space. Rolling your garments up to form a cylinder shape will save more space than folded clothes. You can pack more into your suitcase without worrying about wrinkles.

4.Cover your razor heads with a binder clip. Obviously, razor heads are sharp and can be dangerous. Not only can they scrape your hand when reaching in your bag to find something, but it can also tear up the inside of your luggage. Placing an appropriately sized binder clip over the razor head will keep everything safe & clean.

5. Separate your shoes from your clothes with a shower cap. To prevent dirt, dust and other stuff from getting onto your clothes in your luggage, wrap a pair of shoes in a shower cap. Covering the soles of your shoes will keep your bag, and your clothes neat and tidy!

6. Hide valuables in an empty lotion container. You can never be sure of your new surroundings, or the people that you’ll encounter along the way. To ensure that your money and valuables stay safe, especially in your hotel room or on a plane, keep your valuables in something discrete—like an empty suntan lotion container or an old shampoo bottle.

Try out these hacks, and stress less about your new assignment! Everything will go smoothly, and the next 13 weeks will be a breeze!