Essential Travel Packing Tips & Hacks for 2019!


>>MAT: Hey everyone, We just got back from our most recent trip to Portugal & Spain and we’ve got some great packing and travel tips that we want to share with you to make your next trip more efficient and comfortable. This trip was a little bit complicated to pack for so it really forced us to use all our travel experience to make it work.>>DANIELLE: We had to pack for two seasons and since it was a working vacation, we also had to bring a lot more gear than usual. On top of that, our accommodation ranged wildly from a comfy co-living space to sleeping in the back of a canvas-covered truck. We also moved locations pretty frequently and we took quite a few buses, trains, planes, taxis and rental cars. So in this video, we’re sharing some of our essential packing tips. We’ll talk about some of the items we used all the time and a couple that we wish we had packed and we’ll also talk about the lessons we learned along the way. This video is sponsored by Audible. We’ll give you more information about them at the end plus the details to get a free audiobook and more.>>MAT: for clothes, what’s most important is checking the climate of your destination to make sure you pack the right clothing that’ll keep you comfortable in whatever weather you might be experiencing. One of the most common packing tips is to wear layers, and we definitely agree with that. But it’s also really easy to pack too many pieces that you don’t end up using so we try to be really strategic with what we bring and this doesn’t really work for a winter type of climate But we usually try to pack for Summer, Spring, and Fall. So we’ll have our warm weather clothes like shorts t-shirts and things like that, but we also pack a few key items that have multiple purposes. For example, we almost always bring one pair of long johns that can be layered under a pair of pants if it’s cold, but they can also double as pajama pants. We also always carry a really light windbreaker that can be used as a rain jacket but that can also be layered with a sweater to make kind of a warmer coat. A scarf can also be used to create a warm outfit, but it can also be rolled up and used as a neck pillow or a small lap blanket on a cold flight. We also usually pack a few small items like a warm hat, a small pair of gloves and a thick pair of socks; and those can go a really long way to keeping you warm. So with all those items combined, we can stay comfortable in a pretty wide range of different weather conditions. To bring more stuff, packing cubes can also be really practical They can help you stay organized and you can also pack a lot more clothes in your suitcase. They compress all the items of clothing and form a really small package. The drawback that I find with packing cubes, although they are great, is that you might be tempted or you might end up just bringing more clothes and that might be great because you have more options more things to wear but inevitably your suitcase is going to be heavier. And when you’re traveling even if you have a suitcase with wheels there are definitely some times where you’re gonna have to lift that thing and move it around and you want it to be as light as possible. Also when you’re checking your luggage, you don’t want to exceed the maximum weight for a suitcase.>>DANIELLE: before heading out on a trip there’s a couple of things that we’ve done to help us remember all the things that we need to bring with us. Either making a list is really helpful so you can start a couple of weeks out and as you think of things you just add them to the list so that it’s not just a really stressful evening the night before you’re traveling out and the other thing is as you think of things you can take them out of the drawer or the closet and put them in a pile so that slowly your suitcase gets filled as you think of things you need, rather than just trying to rush and remember everything at the last minute. If you’re really organized you can save your travel lists so that the next time you go on a trip, you don’t have to start over but we’ve never gotten to that point yet.>>MAT: next is a mini utility kit. So when we travel we always try to pack as light as possible and bring as few things as possible but we still always carry what you could call a mini utility kit and in there are just a few essential items that are packed away in our suitcase that end up coming handy pretty often. For example, we always carry a few elastics to tie up food bags and things like that, we’ll have a couple plastic bags to carry flip-flops, wet bathing suits, and to put in liquids that might leak in our suitcase. We always carry a pen for filling out customs cards, baggage tags, and writing down directions. We also have a small flashlight, some carabiners for keys and hanging things, and we always have a few napkins stuffed in our pockets or in our backpack. I can’t tell you how many times those come in handy for spills and messes on buses, trains, and planes And the last thing we always carry a small multi-tool. This is also really practical there’s everything on here pliers, screwdriver, a little knife and it’s tiny but this definitely has to go in a checked luggage.>>DANIELLE: one thing that we wish we had packed and we didn’t is some quick-drying clothes. So on this trip it was almost eight weeks and so we did about eight loads of laundry and the places we stayed at only had a washing machine so it took one or two days for our clothes to air dry which can be pretty inconvenient if you’re moving around. So one thing we would do next time is pack at least one outfit that’s quick-drying so either some travel-specific clothes that are designed to dry quickly or clothes with some kind of blend of cotton and polyester that dries really fast.>>MAT: for food, we always try to bring our own snacks on travel days and this is great because it can save us a lot of money. Airport food is really expensive and also on planes you don’t necessarily get food so it’s nice to have your own snacks if ever you get hungry. The problem with bringing food if you’re taking the plane is that it’s not always clear exactly what you can and can’t bring through security. You definitely can’t bring any liquids or gels. So for example a yoghurt might not make it through security or a container of hummus. You might have to throw that out, but usually dry processed foods get through security. So what we’ll do often is we’ll make some sandwiches, we’ll bring some roasted trail mix, maybe we’ll have stir-fried veggies and rice or fruit salad and those pretty much always make it through security. It’s important to understand here that it really depends on the security agent that you get. They can pretty much ask you to throw out anything they feel like but generally, for us, those items that I mentioned haven’t been a problem. We also always carry a few reusable items to create less waste and save money. We’ll have a couple of food containers some reusable water bottles a travel coffee mug and some foldable sporks.>>DANIELLE: one thing that we noticed really quickly on this trip is that we could have had a better luggage set up. Most of the time we’re able to fit all of our clothes, toiletries, and shoes into our rolling suitcases and then we each have a backpack with our laptop, passport, water bottle, and things like that. But this time because it was a work trip, we also had a camera bag and because we were trying to save money by making a lot of our own food, we were traveling around with groceries so juggling six bags at a time became really chaotic. Something we could have done to plan ahead would have been to bring a larger backpack each so that we could fit all these extra things in without having to juggle all these extra pieces. So I think it’s important to really think about how you’ll be traveling and to use luggage that’s going to suit your trip and your travel style. One thing that we could not have gone without on this trip is our GPS. We rented a car for three weeks so that we could explore Portugal and also so that we could film some really cool off-grid cabins while we were there and we could not have found some of these locations without a GPS. One of the reasons we brought our own is because we actually don’t own a cellphone and we wanted to save a little bit of money by not having to rent a GPS from the car rental company. Another thing that we used almost every single day is the Happy Cow app. So basically, it’s a map that shows you where there’s health food stores, cafes, and restaurants that serve vegan or vegetarian food but we also use it kind of as an indicator to find really interesting neighborhoods where alternative things are going on. So often if you see a cluster of a few vegan restaurants and some veggie restaurants and a health food store, usually, that might be an indication that there’s a really cool neighborhood that you should visit. We hope you find our essential packing and travel tips helpful. If you have some ideas that we didn’t mention, we’d love to hear them in the comments. We also want to thank Audible again for sponsoring this video. If you’re into travelling audiobooks are an awesome way to pack light because you don’t have to carry bulky books with you and you’ll always have something new to listen to. If you’re interested in trying an audiobook for the first time, Audible is offering our audience a free audiobook when you sign up for a 30-day trial. So you can get that free audiobook if you go to audible.com/exploringalternatives or if you’re in the US you can text exploringalternatives to 500 500. And something new in addition to that free audiobook you also get access to two Audible Originals, which are basically custom audiobooks that you can’t get anywhere else. So with that one free trial you actually get three free audiobooks. There are a ton of titles that I’m interested in listening to and I started this year off listening to The Finnish Way. It has really simple and inspiring ideas to stay happy and healthy in your everyday life. And those are good things to think about at the start of a New Year. So if you want to give Audible a try and get that free audiobook and two Audible Originals You can go to audible.com/exploringalternatives or if you’re in the US you can text exploringalternatives to 500 500. Thanks so much for watching and we’ll see you the next video!

100 comments

  1. I pretty much keep my suitcase permanently packed! You have to store those things, and my vacation wardrobe is basically completely different from my everyday clothes, so I don't need any of it! Plus my soap-bag is ready, I take a small travel iron, so I don't have to rush around last minute, just a quick check and I'm done! Always feel a little smug watching my husband pack the night before!! 😄

  2. Great tips- I especially loved the reminder about using HappyCow to find where all the groovy veggie folks might be hanging out!

  3. Mobile phone is a compact device that can hold digitally all our documents. Trip It app on our phone has our itinerary, all the local restaurants, ATMs etc, photos of our hotels and reservations, and Google Maps to find our hotels and landmarks. We use What’s App to connect with people back home, sharing our photos and stories. We also use Google Maps on our phone as our alternative GPS. Family and friends can call us to chat or Face Time. XE Currency app checks exchange rates and Apple Wallet holds our document bar codes – no need for paper. Taxi Fare Finder makes sure we’re not being overcharged and You Tube on our phone helps us research our destinations. Also, the airline can message us when they grant the upgrade we’ve requested.
    Our mobile phones are essentials in my husband’s and my travel possessions.

  4. love this video. i`m a fulltime traveller as well and i think your tipps are all super helpfull and great that you are vegan as well… german greeting from new zealand. happy travels!

  5. hm.. nothing new i learned. been packpacking for 5 years now and i learned after 1 year that its smarter to just bring a backpack than a luggage

  6. I put my list and a copy of important info folded in the bottom of my bag in an old card from my mom … with my name on it and the papers are inside the card ..in the envelope … doesn’t take up space … and doesn’t draw attention from any one going thru bag …..

  7. I liked the fact that you told us what worked for you as well as what you would do differently next time. Thanks.

  8. Get the T-Mobile one plan, it works all over the world and one price, tax included. Purchase a cheap phone on ebay

  9. I once was flying from America and had about 3 kg worth of peanut butter in my backpack which they told me is not allowed on the plane. I already checked-in my suitcase and it was just under weight limit but I just went and checked-in my backpack as if I just came and for some reason they did it for a second time, gave me a new boarding pass with different seat and stuff I was like ok

  10. Do you have a link to the stainless steel food container? A suggestion to add affiliate links on items you mention in your videos.

  11. Can someone tell me what brand of backpack he has in this video? The one of faded blue backpack with 2 big zipped vertical pockets in front? I am looking for that kind of backpack but it is hard to find it. Please someone help!

  12. Unlocked phones w tmobile Sim offered me unlimited 3G data when visiting multiple European countries in 2016. I used WhatsApp for phone calls. I used Google maps for navigating and was even able to do a Hotspot and watch Netflix on my iPad.

  13. At 7:42 you said you used the HappyCow app holding an iPhone, seconds after saying you don't own a cellphone.

  14. Great tips that I'm going to share with my clients. So easy to overpack. Its been a goal each trip I take to try and pack less and less. Thank you for the video!

  15. Everything I travel with is quick dry anymore. No cotton. Traveled a lot to the Yucatán where quick dry is necessary.

  16. I thought that was a very well made video, clear and useful. 2 things that I did this year that were useful to me that other people might find useful were, I purchased a Jayomix travel charger from Amazon, it charges everything, just bring that with some leads and leave all your other chargers at home. Secondly, take a few red rubber bands and a few green rubber bands for your camera gear, put green bands around all your fully charged batteries and when they are dead put a red band around them, so you can see at a glance which batteries are charged or dead, if you do a lot of video or photography when travelling it makes life easier.

  17. Super helpful stuff. Thanks for sharing your ideas and experiences. Light packing is always a challenge for me cause I want to take more "just in case" lol. Im learning the more I travel.

  18. I found your video very helpful I am an over packer I don’t know why I just have always been but I can see my life would’ve so much more easier if I practiced some of your ideas thank you so very much for sharing

  19. I always travel without a phone, just a camera and a printed list of Happycow restaurants. I love the fact to be fully there and the interactions I can experience with local people when asking for directions and suggestions.

  20. I travel with three 65 l backpacks and a boogie board lol one bag is just my memory foam pillow blanket

  21. I’m traveling for three nights/four days soon… help me convince my mom that I don’t need new pajamas. (I know… why pajamas? No idea.)

  22. Wool socks are my must-have. They are comfortable, won’t stick, and easy dry.

    I compile a packing list stating even snack/number of tea bags and the tiniest item (q tip) on it under categories. I edit the list every week or so, forcing myself to take items out. By the time I am ready to pack, the list is pretty solid. I can pack quickly without thinking. I also know by heart exactly what I have in my luggage.

    My fave snack is hard boiled eggs, sliced apples (brine them lightly with salt water to keep them from yellowing), dense bread, cheese, and peanut filled pretzel. A handful of hard candies and nougats are quick energy boost. Fisherman’s Friend lozenge is another essential.

    I use a convertible sling carrying on the front side as a daypack (large enough for a small mirorless camera and iPad). I can access items quickly and won’t worry about my pack getting slashed or zipper being opened. I can also carry my luggage backpack (Farpoint 40) on my back and the sling on my chest at airports and bus stations.

  23. Nice video. We RV around the country fulltime. I am looking for a hanging bathroom bag with a hook. We use a lot of public showers. Thanks 4 sharing. Happy travels!

  24. It was fine except how clustered veggie restaurants are indicative of interesting areas. Go to Park City, and see if the steakhouses aren't jumping.

  25. I never remember seeing an electric clothes dryer until I moved to America. The best recommendation I have, is sometimes, especially if you're staying in an AirBnB type of a place in someone's home rather than a hotel, especially in Northern Europe, you may be able to access a "drying room" in the attic or basement of the building, where you find clothes lines and a giant electric fan system where you can line dry your clothes. Often, those drying rooms are in conjunction with a building's centralized laundry room or laundromat that are free on reservation to tenants/residents.

    Otherwise, why do you try to dry them in the bathroom where there's minimal air circulation? Hang them either out on a balcony, or drape over furniture next time, and they'll probably dry far better. I've even heard of some people drying their clothes in the microwave, but I have yet to be quite that desperate.

  26. Carefull with multitools if you travel with an airplane. Not every airplane company let you allow to carry one. Check the rules in advance.

  27. "We actually don't own a cell phone.'

    next segment…

    "Another thing we used almost every day was the Happy Cow app!"

    🤔

  28. I'm about to leave in two weeks time for Spain and Portugal (also Greece and Morocco) so this video is perfect

  29. ,,we dont own a cellphone"
    Literally 10 seconds later
    ,,We liked using this app…on our cellphones" 😂🤦🏻‍♂️

  30. Go to VANQUEST GEAR. They have various bags and pouches that I use for essentials. They help me stay organized and I can carry only the pouch I need at any given time. I also use packing cubes and never over pack them. Hence I don't use the expansion zippers. This is from years of traveling and hiking.

  31. Wait what the they said they don’t have a cell phone but then on the next clip it showed us them will a phone ? Huh

  32. "If you're really organized, you can save your travel list so that the next time you go on a trip, you don't have to start over, but we've never gotten to that point yet." What is the intelligence level of the targeted audience actually?

  33. Thank you very much for the video!
    Have you think on getting a penny board for each one so yo can transport youselves quiickier even inside the airports you can take it with you in the cabin and since your suitcase have 4 wheel you can push it while driving the penny.
    And when you are not using it you can put it in your backpack.

  34. 7:35 “we actually don’t own a cell phone” 7:44 proceeds to demonstrate use of happy cow app on cell phone 8:26 then closes by plugging the sponsor’s app — available through a cell phone 🤔

  35. I discover your Channel and I suscribe cause I love what you're doing for a better live and you give me lots of ideas, so, thanks a lot.😊

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