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Unpacking Your Luggage After a Trip: The Do’s and Don’ts

Coming back from a trip can be a bit of a headache. You have to start unpacking, do the laundry, figure out where everything goes, and then put it all away. It can be a daunting task, but make it easier for yourself with these tips.

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Unpacking your luggage after a trip

Don’t: Overpack


To lessen the load when you get back, don’t pack more than you need in the first place. While packing, go through your clothes and other items and evaluate what you really need to bring.
You might not need that extra pair of pants or three books. Just pack the essentials and leave the rest at home. This will also help you reduce the amount of laundry you have to do when you get back home.

Don’t: Procrastinate


This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to unpack your luggage as soon as you can. You’ll need to wash dirty or soiled clothes immediately. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to unpack.

Even though you might be exhausted from your flight or trip back, resist the urge to lie in bed. Instead, put everything away in its proper place as soon as you get home. That luggage is not going to unpack itself!

Do: Sort out the souvenirs


You’re finally in the unpacking stage, go you! But now there’s another problem – while you’ve bought souvenirs, you’re overly attached to all of your memorabilia from the trip, and simply can’t bear to part with those random travel brochures and train stubs. Instead of leaving those around to gather dust, try making a travel scrapbook!

Do: Keep a toiletry bag for speedier unpacking


Instead of unpacking your travel essentials and packing them again for your next trip, prepare a travel bag full of some essentials that you’ll bring with you on every trip and keep it stocked in your luggage bag at all times.
We recommend filling it with things such as medication, a dental hygiene kit and travel sized cologne. Not only will you save some time unpacking, but it’ll make packing for your next trip easier too. Of course, you should remember to replace these items every so often for the sake of hygiene.

Do: Reward yourself when you’re done


Who says unpacking has to be boring? Switch things up by giving yourself a reward after you’re done. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing – whether watching your favourite TV show or snacking on your favourite food – use it as a reward for completing the task of unpacking. This will help to motivate you to unpack quickly so you can get on with enjoying your well-deserved break.

Unpacking your luggage after a trip

Having to unpack the luggage can really worsen those post-travel blues. Still, it’s important to get it out of the way so that you can adjust to life back at home. But if the usual household chores suddenly seem much too tiring after the massive task of unpacking, you can always count on Helpling to give you an extra hand with our quality home cleaning services.

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