Moving Often: The Worst Part of Group Travel

The biggest pain in the butt with group travel and group trips is that many of them require you to move from location to location every two to three nights. For some people this can be a huge pain, you spend all that time neatly packing your bag before the trip, only for it to be ruined but he constant packing and unpacking because your trip has so many quick stops. Luckily there are some tips that can help you overcome this downfall of group travel.

  1. Packing Cubes - A great way to organize your bag if you like to plan ahead. If you do it right, you can probably make a packing cube for each stop, this is a great way to be able to quickly unpack the clothes you will need, and then put the dirty ones back separate from the clean clothes for the other stops. Personally this isn't my favorite way to do it, because there is too much planning, and nothing ever goes exactly to plan.
  2. Unpack your Stay - This is my personal way of coping with the constant moving. Once I arrive in the first location, I will unpack all the clothes I need for the first stop (2-3 days worth of clothes) and then also unpack my clothes for the day that I will commute to the next stop on the trip. But I will take it a step further, and place the clothes for my next stop in a separate compartment (My North Face Duffel has a large pocket on the end that is great for this.) By doing this, all I need to do is repack dirty clothes for the stops, and if I only have four stops I only need to unpack clothes in bulk twice, its a lifesaver!

Those are probably my favorite two ways to deal with the stressful luggage situation that group travel can present people. Finding your own personal preference for how to deal with the small inconvenience that switching locations a lot can do is the key to enjoying group travel. Otherwise you might just have to "suffer" through it while you explore the exotic lands, after all if having to repack is the worst part, thats still a successful trip to me.

Joseph Hallgren

Boston, MA

Full time student, adrenaline junkie, and traveller.