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The Top Female Travel Spots

The Top Female Travel Spots

Destination Deep-Dive 5 MINS READ

Embrace your inner wanderlust by visiting one of the top female travel spots around the world. Although this summer may have thrown a few curveballs in your trip plans, there is still time to pack your bags and set off on the adventure you crave. Whether solo or with your best gal pals, there are certain destinations that stand out among the rest when it comes to taking a female-centric getaway. But first, take a journey to learn more about the shift in female solo travel popularity and how this movement has become so powerful for women over the years.

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The Rise in Female Travel

2018 notably became the “year of the woman.” Between major political advances and powerful social movements, the travel industry saw an increase in female-driven travel. According to Travel Pulse and a global study conducted by British Airways, nearly 50% of the women surveyed had taken a solo trip, and nearly 75% said they planned to in the next few years. When focusing on the American women surveyed, half of the women were between 18-25 years old when they took their first solo trip.

While embracing their womanhood and taking cues from popular books and movies like Wild and Eat Pray Love, women across the globe began exploring the ends of the Earth…on their own or with groups of girlfriends who share a passion for exploration and female empowerment!

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Tips for Females Embarking on their First Solo Getaway

Since then the tourism and hospitality industries have worked very hard to not only create an environment that is extremely welcoming and hospitable but also safe and secure. So whether you are a full-time explorer, or planning on taking your first solo trip, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your getaway.

  1. Choosing the right locations. Whether the destination of interest has world monuments or five-star cooking classes, make sure to have your trip and location planned ahead of time.
  2. Pack light and only bring what you need. You never know where your travels may take you. Especially as a solo traveler, it is important to keep light in case you need to keep moving.
  3. Embrace sustainable travel. Not only will this help you save money during your trip, but by putting your eco-friendly foot forward you can also learn more about local culture, protect the planet, and make friends along the way.
  4. Keep your funds and documents safe. Especially, when traveling to a far and foreign area it is not only important to have copies of your documents including your identity cards and passports, but also have the contact information to the nearest embassy on hand. Be sure to check with your local embassy or consulate before traveling internationally to find the nearest location.
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Best Female Travel Spots

Now that you have embraced your feminine power and are ready to explore, start with the best female travel spots. These locations offer safety, budget-friendly accommodations, and plenty of adventure. Check out the top female travel spots, and why they are the best according to some of the world’s leading female travelers.

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New Zealand

From the North Island beaches to the South Island mountain escapes, any woman would fall head over heels for New Zealand. Not only does New Zealand offer some of the best natural landscapes, but it is also famous for its honey farms, wine regions, and of course, kiwi fruit. It also is one of the best places in the world to road trip either solo or with your best gal pals.

Travel professional, Liz of the Young Adventuress says, “solo travel in New Zealand is easier than ever.” Why? Because getting around is super easy, there are many ex-pats throughout the country, and the locals are very welcoming. We’ll be adding New Zealand to our bucket lists this year. Starting with a stay at one of the hundreds of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Canada

From the peace and tranquility to the safety and security offered to female travelers, Canada is unbeatable for travel. Coast to coast, there is plenty to discover including Lake Banff, Toronto, Vancouver Island, and more. Go! Girls Guide says Canada is the perfect place for women to explore solo thanks to its “natural beauty, world-class cities, and because it is insanely safe.” According to the Global Peace Index, in 2017, Canada was named the 8th safest place in the world. You heard it here! Find over 1,000 hotels and homes in Canada, here.

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Switzerland

Did you know Disney’s famous roller coaster, the Matterhorn was modeled after the country’s iconic peak with the same name? Switzerland is filled with unique mountainous and lake villages that make the perfect sites for hiking, boat rides, and breathtaking landscapes. Female adventurists can skydive above Interlaken, see the famous fountain in Lake Geneva, and dine on raclette and fondu in cities like Zurich and Lucerne. There is something to love around every corner.

Award-winning female led travel blog, Girl about the Globe, ranked Switzerland 5 out of 5 stars for solo travel for women. She even insists that the biggest problem you would have in the European country is running into one too many cows, which sounds like a great problem to us! Check out the best hotels and vacation rentals in Switzerland, here.

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Japan

Japan offers one of the most unique and rich cultures in the entire world. From hustling fast-paced cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama to tranquil locations including Osaka and Kyoto, there is plenty for any woman to fill her bucket list. Take your adventures to the next level with a visit to Mount Fuji, and spend your evenings relaxing in one of Japan’s many natural hot springs.

Adventurous Kate says Japan makes for one of the best places for women to visit because it is “culturally fascinating” and the food is “universally excellent.” Those two reasons are enough to make us want to book a trip there immediately. Check out the many hotels and accommodations in Japan, here.

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The United States

Whether beaches and coastal cities are your cup of tea, or you would rather spend your getaway in the mountains, the United States offers everything an empowered female would want on an unforgettable trip. While some places are more well-known than others, make your next trip to the U.S. one for the books by exploring the off the beaten path locations. The states offer some of the most unique variety of accommodation than anywhere else in the world.

Kristin of Be My Travel Muse listed a few of the CuddlyNest team’s favorite American outdoor locations in their female solo travel list. Including Page, Arizona, Moab, Utah, Big Sur, California, and more. Start your U.S. adventures with a trip to 10 of the first United States national parks.

Are you and your best friends ready for your trips together or solo? Let us know where your travels will take you this year, and we will help you find the perfect accommodation on CuddlyNest.

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Staycations: 10 Benefits of Vacations near Home

Staycations: 10 Benefits of Vacations near Home

Stays You'll Love 9 MINS READ

This fall is an amazing opportunity to embark on a staycation. You heard that right. Staycations allow travelers to explore their own cities, states, or countries and discover what their own backyard has to offer. As domestic tourism continues to rise this year, the tourism industry is helping create the idea that just because you can’t travel far does not mean you can’t travel. So let’s find out what our home away from home can teach us about the world, and why you need to embark on a staycation this summer.

What it Means to Staycation

This trending style of vacationing is actually not a new concept at all. Many times when people want to have a quick getaway without going very far, a staycation has provided the perfect solution. Maybe a new hotel opened up down the road from your house that you would love to stay at. Maybe you just bought an RV that you would love to take to the nearby national park. The benefits of taking a staycation are endless, and we will share with you some of the best ones.

And now staycations have become more popular than ever. Due to travel restrictions, border closures, and flight cancellations, going abroad might not be possible or safe. But having been homebound for almost a year, people are craving some escape time to go somewhere new and exciting. And this is exactly where staycations come as the ideal solution for travelers. Instead of hopping on an airplane and going to the other side of the world, people are willing to keep their Wanderlust alive by rediscovering the beauty in their own countries.

The benefits of taking a staycation are endless, and we will share with you some of the best ones.

The Benefits of Staycations

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As countries around the world — including Australia and New Zealand —, offbeat destinations within the European Union and more begin to form travel bubbles to boost summer tourism, a new opportunity to experience the benefits of staycations arises. While we could list hundreds of the benefits staycations provide, here are the top 10 that truly make the case for why taking a vacation near home is the perfect solution for travel.

1. Staycations are Affordable

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Whether domestic travel or international travel — if you have long-haul transportation involved — your travel bill can spike very quickly. By taking a staycation you can skip the heavy costs that come with traveling across the country or internationally, such as booking flights, accommodation for long periods, transportation, and surprisingly expensive meals at a city you don’t know very well, and more.

And since staycations are more cost-effective, you can use that saved money and focus on indulging in fun amenities and activities. Staycations also have a shorter length, and you can also fit them into your weekend, which also means: more money saved.

Find the perfect stay on CuddlyNest at the best price, so that you can indulge in a nearby getaway without having to break the bank.

2. Reduced Travel Time

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Now that you don’t have to hop on long-haul transportation to get to your destination, you can focus on the most important part of your trip: enjoying your vacation. Reduced travel time allows for more relaxing, adventuring, and fulfilling moments during your getaway. Whether that’s treating yourself to a nearby day spa or hiking at your county’s national park, when you don’t have to worry about getting there, stress is eliminated very quickly.

There’s also the fact that traveling across the country and internationally requires a lot of planning and organization beforehand. And this can be even more exhausting when you’re going to a foreign country. You have to plan your expenses and learn about the local currency, get all the necessary information about the destination’s culture, look for good accommodation, look for flights, learn a few words in the local language and so much more. This can, sometimes, add a little bit of stress to your trip, while with a staycation you can be more relaxed about planning or not plan at all!

3. Your Pet Can Come Too

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Although many hotels and vacation rentals strive to be more inclusive towards pet visits, when you opt for staycations, that is one thing less to worry about. You can rest easy and comfortable knowing that whatever experience you embark on, your pet can come along with you. Did you know there are certain countries that specifically boast and encourage pet-friendly travel? If you live in the US, Germany, Japan, and several others, then you’re in the perfect spot to staycation with your pet.

4. Boost Sustainable Travel in Your Neighborhood

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Is there a new restaurant you have been craving to visit? How about a new eco-friendly boutique hotel? Staying near home will not only benefit you but also your local economy. Check out the local food markets, places of interest, and accommodations to help boost your neighborhood’s revenue and sustainable travel efforts. Staycations can contribute directly to businesses that rely on tourism and ecotourism in your area. You can help them economically, make a difference, and feel amazing about your getaway for being sustainable.

5. You Can Staycation from Anywhere in the World

Happy girl with her arms wide open in front of the Florence Cathedral, in Italy.

While some countries like Australia, the UK, Brazil, Germany, the US, and more are more well-known for their domestic tourism, you can take a staycation from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re originally from Rome and have never visited Florence, or are from Hawaii and have never been to Maui, your very own place can offer you experiences you can’t get anywhere else.

As hotels, vacation rentals, and businesses begin to open up to welcome visitors again, be sure to check with your local governments and policies to ensure that your staycation is not only the best yet, but extra safe and secure.

6. No Jetlag

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One of the worst parts of taking long flights is the jet lag. It may make it hard for you to fall or stay awake, which can make you tired and crampy during your trip. Jet lag happens when you fly across one or more time zones and can also cause a lack of appetite and weakness. And even though the jet lag isn’t something serious to worry about, it can definitely play an impact on your trip.

Fortunately, if you travel somewhere nearby, you won’t be crossing timezones, which means you’ll probably feel well-rested and ready to enjoy your vacation days.

7. Rediscover the Beauty in Your Country

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The thing is: sometimes we’re so caught up in going abroad and traveling somewhere far away, that we forget about how beautiful our own country or city can be. This is why going to a place nearby might give you the chance to feel like a tourist in your own place. You can appreciate things through a new perspective, and discover hidden gems you didn’t know existed: a bar with exceptional craft beer, a bakery with the most delicious croissant in town, a new art gallery, or a lush verdant park ideal for a picnic with the family.

8. You’ll Feel Refreshed and Recharged

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Do you know that feeling of coming back home more tired than when you left for a trip? Well, on a staycation that’s unlikely to happen. First of all, because you won’t suffer from jet lag and accumulated pre-travel stress. Second, because a vacation to a nearby city usually happens at a slower pace, as you don’t feel that intense urge of seeing and doing everything. Since you’re already close to home, you can just enjoy and relax on a nice trip, without having to worry too much about checking all the items on your bucket list.

9. Great Fit for Short Breaks

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Almost every traveler knows the feeling of wanting to get away from the world, and just go somewhere different for a few days. The thing is: traveling is not always possible when you have to work, and this is where a staycation comes in handy. In case you’re desperate for some traveling, but can’t skip work, a good idea is to get away just for the weekend. You don’t even have to go far away from home. Stay at a cool hotel, order room service, and spend a few days disconnecting from everything.

10. More Quality Time with Family and Friends

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Whether you’re going on a road trip with your kids, camping with friends, or spending a romantic weekend at a boutique hotel, a staycation is a great way to reconnect with loved ones. Because you spend less time stressing about flights, planning, car rentals, and currency exchanges, you can focus more on having quality time with the special people in your life.

Great Staycation Ideas

A group of four friends contemplating a mountainous National Park after hiking, at dawn.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, there’s probably a great destination for your next staycation. The best tip to have a great vacation is to be creative and understand what you’re looking for.

If what you want is to have a memorable vacation with family, you might wanna take the kids on a road trip to a nearby city. During the summertime, you can rent a big house with a pool and a big backyard, and cook some of your family’s favorite dishes. How about having a picnic or a Sunday barbecue? If it’s fall or winter, you can ditch the house with the swimming pool and go to a cozy cabin in the woods for the weekend. Play your kid’s favorite board games, and curl up by the fire while drinking hot chocolate.

Another idea for families is to go to a hotel staycation in your own town. It still offers the excitement of a new place, but it saves you from the hassles of an international trip. And there’s a multitude of hotels that suitable for family-friendly vacations by offering a set of amenities and seasonal activities which kids will like.

In case you need to get away from it all for some recharging and relaxation time, a great vacation idea is a book a room at a nearby spa-hotel. You can leave the kids at home and go by yourself, take a few friends or go with your significant other. Make sure to enjoy some rejuvenation treatments, and leave all the worries behind you.

Anything that involves food is pretty much amazing. And a great vacation idea for foodies is to gather with friends and book a home in a nearby city, where they can cook their favorite dishes during the weekend. You can also organize a cooking battle or themed dinners with your friends.

Adrenaline-seekers: why not make your move into the wilderness and go hiking or trekking at the closest National Park? You can engage in your favorite outdoor activities and dose up on some adrenaline.

Traveling within your country doesn’t have to be boring, and you don’t have to feel like you’re constantly stuck at home. There are several vacation options suitable for every type of travelers. You can either stay at a hotel within a walking distance of two blocks from your home or rent a big apartment in a town located miles away from where you live. The possibilities are infinite.

Plan Your Next Steps

As July begins and travelers prepare to explore again, CuddlyNest wants to remind all wanderlusts to practice safe travel and continue to follow CDC and WHO guidelines and recommendations. Tour and sightseeing company, Headout is providing travelers with up to date information on what attractions are reopening, and where, allowing you to plan things to do during your staycation and future long-distance vacation. We can’t wait to travel the world with you again.

Looking forward to planning a summer staycation with CuddlyNest? Let us know where you are from and we will help you find the perfect staycations at the best price.

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The Smart Guide to Sustainable Travel and Ecotourism

The Smart Guide to Sustainable Travel and Ecotourism

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Do you consider ecotourism and sustainable travel when making your travel plans? While we do not encourage hoping in a plane or train to explore right now, we can take advantage of learning more about the importance of traveling sustainably and how to reduce our carbon footprint on our next adventure. We at CuddlyNest believe in eco-friendly travel and want to share our smart guide on ways to make your next getaway your greatest yet, for both you and Mother Nature.  Educate yourself on the best ecotourism practices with us.

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Choose ecotourism and a destination that is off the beaten path.

When choosing your next destination, consider visiting a place that is already putting forth measures to increase sustainable travel. Off the beaten path, getaways allow you to connect with the great outdoors and decrease the opportunity for additional waste. Consider visiting a national park, secluded beach, or desert oasis. 

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Book an Eco-Hostel or Green-Minded Vacation Rental.

These days it is more common for boutique hotels and hostels, as well as vacation rentals, to have sustainable methods in place for their guests. From off-grid penthouses to luxurious eco-friendly pop-up tents in the middle of a desert, you can find a stay that offers your desired comfort but also respects the environment.

Before booking a stay, make sure the eco-hostel or community-led accommodation utilizes green practices, such as limiting the use of harmful cleaning chemicals, bleaches, or other anti-environmental substances. This will ensure your holiday is both safe and enjoyable for you and the environment. 

Consider your means of transportation.

While many of us love to jet-set across the globe, unfortunately, air travel is one of the biggest factors in pollution every year. On your next trip, embrace slow sustainable travel and see the world around you. Consider adding travel by bus and train to your itinerary. Countries all over the globe are putting forth larger efforts to improve their ground transportation to make it more comfortable and eco-friendly to use. One of those ways is by adding wifi to buses and trains, which makes travel for business even more convenient and sustainable. Night buses and trains are even providing affordable options to make your trip budget-friendly as well…

If you are looking to explore a destination however it requires short air or train travel to get there, consider parking your car near the airport, to avoid long travel and leaving a larger carbon footprint. Websites like Park Fellows will allow you to find the best-priced parking, which will help you save for more future sustainable travel and ecotourism.

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Skip motors, get the bike rolling!

While motorbikes and scooters are fun means of transportation, on your next trip rent a bicycle or an electric scooter to get from place to place. Cycling is not only great for the environment since you are reducing your carbon footprint, but it is also great for your health. It’s the perfect solution to seeing a place and promoting ecotourism.

You won’t need to worry about missing the gym while biking around each city. Many major cities now offer bike rentals that you can pick up, go, and park. You may unlock a bike via a mobile app, take a stroll and drop it off on the nearest bike station. Take your time to get from place to place  – either on a bike or using your inner motor and walking! 

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Reduce your waste and use of plastic!

When traveling it may be hard to resist grabbing something to go so you can see as much as possible. To boost sustainable travel, we recommend you take your time, enjoy the sites, and eat at local restaurants. Contributing to the local economy is not only good for the restaurant but the community as a whole. Reduce your waste and use of plastic. This will ensure you leave the city even better than how you found it. 


Instead of souvenirs, collect postcards.

Last, but not least – be mindful of your consumption of gifts and souvenirs. While it is always fun to have trinkets from your travels, consider collecting postcards or making a photo album. 


These are just some small changes that you can implement to make tourism a little bit more sustainable. As travelers, it is our responsibility to keep the planet safe so we can all continue exploring. 

Do you have any other suggestions on how to practice sustainable travel and ecotourism? Don’t hesitate to comment, we would love to share all the knowledge to make a better world!

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Cuisine Crawl 3 MINS READ

Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Cuisine Crawl 3 MINS READ

Are you looking for the perfect meals to whip up this week? Look no further because we have prepared a menu of five traditional Italian dishes that are easy to make and will leave you wanting more. Before you start cooking and become the next master chef, it’s important to learn a thing or two about where traditional Italian dishes come from and why they are an integral piece of Italian culture. Let’s start with the origin and ingredients.

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Before we get cooking, let’s learn about traditional Italian dishes and cuisine:

Restaurants around the world have adapted certain plates and recipes to create their own version of Italian food. However, when it comes to traditional preparation, it’s important to know the correct methods and ingredients in order to make your Italian dishes just right. Or Perfetto come Italia, as the Italians say.

  1. Italians don’t use very much garlic.
    While you may find garlic bread at the top of most menus in Italian restaurants around the world, traditional Italian restaurants don’t serve garlic bread.  Rather, bread is typically served plain. Italians avoid overusing garlic in their dishes. They prefer to rely on flavorful and fresh ingredients.
  2. Spaghetti and meatballs is not an authentic Italian dish.
    Don’t worry, we’re not denying spaghetti and meatballs is delicious, however, it is not an authentic Italian dish. Italians actually rarely serve meat in their pasta.
  3. Pepperoni means “bell pepper” in Italian.
    If you have ever walked into a pizzeria in Italy and asked for a pepperoni pizza, you were probably surprised when a pizza with bell peppers was brought to your table.
  4. Naples (Napoli) is the most popular city in the world for its pizza.
    The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997, with pizza as we know it originating in Naples, Italy.
  5. On average, an Italian eats about 51 pounds of pasta a year.
    You heard that right! In North America, a person eats around 15 1/2 pounds of pasta to compare. Yet, we think the more pasta, the better.

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A Traditional Starter: A Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce.

Juicy and full of flavor, the Caprese salad topped with a pesto dressing, is a staple in any Italian meal. Originating from the Island of Capri in the 1950s, this salad is simple to prepare and requires only a few fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper, basil, and homemade pesto sauce to dress. Learn how to make the famous Caprese salad with pesto, here.

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A Hearty Pasta Dish: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

If you have ever had pasta in Italy, you probably tried spaghetti alla carbonara. One simply hasn’t lived until you’ve had this meal. The real key to making traditional carbonara is making it with guanciale, not pancetta. This recipe requires only spaghetti, eggs, peppercorn cheese, guanciale, and pepper. However,  if you can’t find guanciale in your local market, pancetta is perfectly acceptable to use. Indulge in a plate of carbonara, here.

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A Classic: Pizza Margherita.

Learn how to make a classic Margherita pizza from professional Italian chefs in Napoli. You can turn your kitchen into a cheesy paradise in just under thirty minutes. All you need is flour, yeast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil and a lot of love to make a pizza like the pros. Find an authentic recipe, here.

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A Delicious Main Course: Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

For all meat lovers, you will not want to miss having Fiorentina steaks at your Italian dinner. It’s a known fact that at least one person in every Tuscan home knows how to make this steak. With just a couple, easy steps, you can learn how to traditionally make Bistecca alla Fiorentina, too.

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A Must-Have Dessert: Tiramisù.

An Italian feast isn’t complete without an incredible dessert. Tiramisù is a classic. With no need to bake, and requiring just a few minutes to prepare, it’s the perfect dessert to any dinner. The coffee biscuit and mascarpone cream are simply irresistible. You’ll have to try it for yourself after learning the recipe, here.

Now that you know how to prepare these five traditional Italian dishes, enjoy and Buon Appetito!

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Hacks & Tips 9 MINS READ

12 Tips to Organize the Perfect Luggage

12 Tips to Organize the Perfect Luggage

Hacks & Tips 9 MINS READ

Once you book your flight and accommodation, the most important thing to do before heading over to your travel destination is to pack your suitcase. But we know that this process isn’t always easy. Sometimes, deciding on what to take with you can be a bit overwhelming, and it is easy to overpack or under pack when your packing habilities are not on point. And this can be particularly true for travelers who wait until the last minute to organize their suitcases.

Each trip can teach you something about the organization, so it never hurts to have expert advice at hand to keep improving your packing skills. Say goodbye to over-stuffed suitcases with these 12 practical tips on how to organize the perfect luggage.

1. Study Your Destination in Advance

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The reason why this tip is on the top of the list is simple: when you learn about your travel destination and decide what kind of activities you’re going to do there, it gets much easier to pack accordingly. We’ll explain. Before traveling, make sure you answer yourself a few questions, such as “What are the main activities that this place offers?”, “What will the weather be like during my trip?”, “Are there any local clothing etiquette rules on my destination I should be aware of?”. This will help you pack according to the place, and not according to your current mood or to your intuition.

Here’s a practical example of how learning about your travel destination can help you pack better. Let’s imagine you’re going to spend 15 days in Bali in December, for instance. If you check the weather in advance, you’ll see that this is the rainiest season on the Island, so you might want to pack a raincoat and a pair of rain boots with you. One of the must-see attractions in Bali are the beautiful Hindu temples, which we’re sure you’ll want to visit. But, with respect to the local culture, visitors must adhere to specific dressing codes, such as wearing clothes past the knee and having their shoulders covered. If you know about this in advance, you’ll pack exactly what you need for each specific occasion.

2. Make a List

Now that you know more about your travel destination, and what are the main attractions there, it’s time to make a list. Writing everything down — either on paper or on your phone —, will help you have a better perspective on what you’re taking with you. Having a list on hand when packing your suitcase it’s also the best way to guarantee that you do not forget anything essential, or carry unnecessary things that only add weight to the suitcase.

A great idea for making a list when packing your suitcase is to organize it into different sections. You can create a specific list for clothing, one for shoes, another one for documents, and one for hygiene products and cosmetics. This will make it even harder for you to forget something, and you can have a clear idea of what’s missing.


In case you want to level up your list a bit more, a good idea is to download an organization app. In general, travel apps are extremely practical, as they gather all the information you might need in only one place. And if you’re looking for a great organization app, we recommend PackPoint, which helps you organize your list based on your destination, local weather, and length of stay.

3. Prepare the Suitcase According to Your List

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This might seem obvious, but it’s not. Many fall into the temptation of creating a packing list and then ignoring it when organizing their travel suitcases. If you took proper time to make an organized list of what to take, make sure you try to follow it. But, of course, you might need to make some adjustments while packing for your trip.

You can start by putting the essential elements of your packing list first and after that the necessary items, which are not essential. If at this point the suitcase is already full, you might wanna step back and think of what items you can leave home. If there’s still space, avoid the temptation of including more things in it, as you might want to buy souvenirs or even go shopping during your trip.

3. Carry a Basic First-Aid Kit

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Taking a small first aid kit with you is always a good idea, just in case. Especially if you have any medical conditions, or need specific medication, packing a compact first aid kit may be a good idea. But, before organizing it, make sure to check the official information about medicines from the country you are traveling to, to avoid any unpleasant surprises. If you follow a medical treatment, it is advisable to have an appointment in advance, as you might need to take a letter from your doctor confirming the treatment. This document should be able to justify the number of medicines your taking.

Once learning about how to legally travel with medication, it’s time to pack them. Keep them in their original containers, and put them in a clear plastic bag. Also, always take the medicines with you in your carry-on luggage. That way, you can have easy access to them, and in case your baggage gets lost, you’ll still have your prescription medications with you.

4. Fill in Your Contact Information on the Luggage Tags

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Almost all suitcases come with labels to fill. Be sure to indicate your contact information in case one day you or the airline loses your luggage. Do not just post your mailing address. If you change your address, your data will not work at all. It would be a great idea to put your username on the social network that you use the most since it will be, maybe, the fastest way to contact you.

5. Take Luggage Restrictions Into Account When Packing

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If the airline allows 50 pounds, for example, that will be the maximum you can carry. Always check the airline’s official website, as conditions may change at any time and you will not want an unpleasant surprise when you arrive at the airport. Try to weigh your luggage before leaving home with a scale or luggage weighing device, because there may be some discrepancy between your scale and the airport. When making your packing list, a great idea is to also include this luggage weighing device in it. That way, you can also weigh your luggage before coming back home from your trip. This will avoid any extra weight.

6. Avoid Taking Too Many Shoes

A pink shirt, jeans, shoes, a smarphone and a camera inside an open travel suitcase.

Footwear is one of the most important things for the traveler. After all, depending on the destination you’re probably going to walk a lot, so your shoes must be comfortable. That’s why it’s important to take into consideration the type of destination you are going to, for how long you’re going to stay there, and what kind of activities you are going to carry out. It is not the same to have a three-day city break in Barcelona as it is to cross Russia in the Trans-Siberian, for example. So your travel destination is going to determine the type and number of pairs you will take with you in your suitcase.

Remember to bring at least one pair of comfortable shoes that can be used for all kinds of situations and, to maximize the space and weight of the luggage, put socks in your shoes and wear the heaviest footwear.

But, independent of the location, try to avoid taking too many shoes. Try to pick 2 or 3 pairs that are suitable for many different occasions, and you can alternate between them. Shoes take space on your luggage, so don’t overpack them.

7. Roll Up Your Clothes

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Some travelers will not agree with this, but we firmly believe that rolling clothes is a great practice to save space, in addition to avoiding wrinkles in most clothes. There are folding technique videos on Youtube, and you can watch them before packing. And, in case rolling up your clothes is not your preferred organization technique, feel free to choose the one that suits you the best.

8. Use Packing Cubes

Personal items organized inside packing cubes in a travel suitcase.

Another great idea for organizing your belongings into your luggage while packing is to use packing cubes. They’re basically fabric pouches used to compartmentalize the contents of your bag. Packing cubes can help you have an organized suitcase, and also save space, as the items are all compressed together in one space.

And there are many ways you can use packing cubes, such as packing specific outfits or separating clothes according to activities and occasions.

If you like the roll-up folding techniques, you can also use it to organize your clothes into packing cubes. This will save even more space.

8. Put a Basic Set of Clothes in Your Carry-On Bag

Woman checking the departures table on the airport with her carry on luggage on hand.

The hand luggage is, basically, for the essential, necessary, or important. We have already talked about medicines, but there is something else that you should not forget to pack in your carry-on bag: a change of clothes. Many things can happen during the journey and unfortunately losing your checked baggage is one of those things. So be sure to put at least underwear and a T-shirt to change.

Another important thing to put on your carry-on bag is a compact set of essential toiletries, such as toothpaste, and toothbrush. You can also pack some skincare items, such as a facial cleanser, a moisturizing cream for your face, and a lip balm. But, to avoid any unpleasant surprises, make sure you check the airline regulations before, as there is a certain amount of liquids you can take.

9. Put The Most Important Items on Top

A jacket, an USB cable, a passport and a pair of yellow snickers inside a travel suitcase.

We know we asked you to add the essential elements of your packing list to your luggage first. But here’s a trick: after putting everything on your suitcase, you can reorganize the items in a more practical way, and make small adjustments. A great packing idea is to keep the most important items on top of the rest. But why? Well, in case you need them, they’re handy and easier to get. Let’s suppose you’re at the airport and have to get something important inside your luggage. If this essential item is placed on top of the other less important things, you’ll have an easier time finding it, and won’t have to unpack the entire suitcase in the middle of the airport.

10. Do Not Forget the Adapters

A smartphone being charged on a travel suitcase.

Few things are more unpleasant than arriving at your destination, only to find out you can’t use or charge any of the electronics you brought with you. To avoid this kind of hassle, make sure you include the necessary plug-in adapters into your packing list and, of course, into your suitcase. You might also want to do a quick research about the electrical outlets and voltages of the place you’re traveling to, especially if you’re going on an international trip. In this case, a great idea is to buy a universal plug adapter, which is usually small and allows you to charge your electronics everywhere you go.

And, since we’re talking about charging electronics, a great item to add to your luggage when packing is a power bank. While traveling, people usually use their smartphones a lot, and some apps, such as Google Maps and Instagram, consume a lot of battery. By having a power bank in your bag, you’ll be able to charge your phone everywhere.

Looking for more tips? Check out our blog to find other ways to prepare for your one-of-a-kind getaway!

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