These Military Packing Secrets Will Make You a Better Traveler

The solar calendar has finally acknowledged what we've all know for a few weeks: it's summer. And with that most blessed of seasons comes the opportunity to get out of town and see the world in all its sun-soaked splendor.

The trick for making all this happen as easily and frequently as possible. Pack lightly, my brothers and sisters.     Or, at least – pack efficiently, so you can have everything you need, plus some backups, in the smallest, easiest-to-move container possible.

Perhaps no one knows how to best fit a whole slog of gear and clothing into a tiny bag than service women and men whose job requires them to be ready at a moment's notice, and as streamlined as possible.

Recently, Thrillist interviewed a group of military professionals for their take on packing as efficiently as possible. They say, 

But you know who are taught to pack, and who treat it like a high art? Marines, soldiers, airmen, and sailors, that’s who. US military servicemembers can probably shoot better than you, stand at attention longer, and almost assuredly pack a tighter, smaller, better-balanced suitcase or backpack than anyone else in your boarding zone. So we’ve interviewed a bunch of them to compile their best packing tips and tricks — none of which involve sitting on your bag until it barely zips. 

We're totally in. Check out their tips, and use as frequently as you can all summer long. How to Pack a Suitcase (Army Backpack Packing Tips)