Our guide to packing your bag in 10 minutes!

  • Aditi Caroli, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Nov 06, 2014 17:54 IST

Did your partner just surprise you with a weekend getaway plan and you have just ten minutes to grab your stuff and get inside his car? Have your friends made an impromptu trip for which you need to leave in less than half an hour? Even though you are excited as hell, you don’t want to turn the anxiousness into panic!

Here’s your rescue plan, a quick packing guide to make sure you don’t forget anything important in haste. For a short trip which would last two to three days, you should ideally travel just with your backpack, carrying the essentials. Pull it out from your cupboard and follow our five steps to get out of your house in no time.

Step 1
There are a lot of small things that are necessary, just listing them down will take much of your time. Start right away — wallet, ID proof, sunglasses, camera, smart phone (alongwith its charger), lock for your bag, hand towel, flashlight, firstaid kit, umbrella, pocket knife, toiletries and some makeup (kohl, lip balm, BB cream, moisturiser)! You can have a sample travel kit ready and locked in a drawer.

Step 2
You don’t have to travel with your entire wardrobe. Two pair of jeans and a few tops/shirts depending on the length of your trip (ideally one per day) should suffice. Just spend a minute and keep clothes that do not crease easily and could do without ironing. If heading to a destination with unpredictable climes, keep a waterproof jacket and a comfy hoody in the backpack. And, forget about those pointed heels! Throw in those flats and you are ready to roll.


Step 3
In haste, we often forget to carry something to keep us busy during the journey. Take your portable bluetooth speakers or just pack a good pair of earphones to listen to music via your phone. You can even carry your tablet to enjoy your favourite film. If you’re a bookworm and the transit is long, there’s nothing better than the company of your fav classic. So take your smart pick.

Step 4
As a rule, you should not have more than one bag, until you’re planning a long trip. Apart from your backpack (or whatever bag you are traveling with), just stuff another foldable bag. This will come handy to store the stuff you buy on your trip, or in case the lock/zipper of your backpack gives away.

Step 5
You will find food for sure unless your destination is too adventurous, but you can quickly top your bag with some munchies from your kitchen closet. This will come handy during your journey or when stopping for food is not an option. Keep a few chocolate bars for quick energy, chips, chickpeas, candies — just whatever light bites you can find in your vicinity. Close your bag and off you go!

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