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If you're planning a golf trip with your friends or you're heading off to a golfing event, you're going to want to make sure you dress the part. Still, you're not likely going to want to take multiple suitcases with you, on top of your golf equipment and bag. How do you kill two birds with one stone? The answer: by learning how to pack your golf travel bag with all of your golf clubs, golf gear and clothes.
Say goodbye to worrying about how (and what) to pack on your golf trips. In this article, we'll show you how to optimise your packing and how to make the most out of the space you have in your golf travel bag. By the time you've finished this article, you'll be ready to pack for your next golf trip like a pro.
Besides your golf gear, the most important thing you'll want to take with you on your golf trip is, of course, your clothes. However, fitting all of the clothes you need into your golf bag (and doing it efficiently) can be pretty tricky if you've never done it before.
Below, we've listed some practical packing tips for you so that you can fit everything you need into your golf bag. Once you've got the hang of these tips, you won't only look like a champ on the golf course, but you'll pack like one too.
Assess the amount of room you have for clothes
Not all golf travel bags are made equally. Some are generally larger than others, with more width and extra room for other gear, while others are much smaller and are only made to comfortably fit your golf clubs.
If you're going on a trip, you'll ideally want to invest in a bag that has enough room to fit your clubs, accessories and clothes. This will save you from having to carry around more than one suitcase, which is much more efficient when you're flying. Most airlines only allow passengers to take one suitcase with them in the hold luggage. In other cases, you may have to pay an extra fee for additional bags.
Although you can also have carry-on luggage with you, these bags are much smaller and won't have room for a week's worth of golfing clothes. You're going to want to make sure that you have (or plan to invest in) a high-quality golf travel bag, with plenty of room.
Pack your golf bag with versatile clothes
Since golf travel bags are primarily used for golf clubs and other equipment, you can't expect there to be enough space to pack two or three sets of clothing for each day. Perhaps you also want to take your most comfortable golf shoes or your favourite lucky polo with you. To make the most of the space that you do have, you're going to want to make sure you're packing versatile clothes.
By packing clothes that you can wear both on and off the golf course, you can cut your luggage by almost half. Clothes like longer trousers and polos are great for everyday outfits and are comfortable enough to wear on the green, which makes them perfect for your next golf trip. Just remember to pack an extra pair of shoes, since golfing shoes aren't always the most stylish when you're not on the course.
Utilise all of your space
Making the most of the space you have in your golf travel bag is incredibly important. Plus, it's really easy to do if you've got a keen eye! A good example of utilising all of your space is to pack your socks inside of your shoes to free up space for other items.
Additionally, if your travel bag has shoe pockets, you can use them to your advantage! Ideally, you'll want at least one pair of golfing shoes and one pair of casual shoes to wear when you're not teeing off.
If you have any additional pockets on your bag, you don't want to add another pair of shoes just because that's what the pocket is made for. At the same time, you don't want to leave the pocket empty. Instead, you can pack smaller items like hats, gloves, socks or any other golfing accessories into these pockets.
It's important to remember not to overpack. You should only fill up the space in your golf travel bag with things that you really need. Otherwise, you risk making your bag too heavy. Different airlines have different weight restrictions on luggage, so be sure to check the restrictions for your flight. This will also help you to narrow down exactly what you need to pack and what can reasonably stay behind.
Use your clothes to protect other items
While bubble wrap is a great way to protect fragile items, it can add a lot of unnecessary bulk to your travel bag. Instead, why not use your clothes as extra protection? For example, wrapping fragile equipment like a golf GPS in a few layers of your t-shirts or in a thick jacket can help to protect it and pack the clothes that you need.
Another great example of this is wrapping up your club heads. Essentially, you can use a shirt or another item of clothing instead of a travel cover for your clubs. If you take the heads off your clubs when you travel, then this is a great hack to remember.
Not only does this protect the heads, but it also stops them from moving around against the rest of your clubs and potentially scratching your precious clubs. You can apply the same trick to anything you want, including your golf balls or more fragile golf products.
Before you head out on your golf trip, you're going to want to make a list of everything you need to pack. Your golf equipment is self-explanatory and should always be packed first. This will help you to see what space you have left in your bag after your gear is packed and use this space as effectively as possible.
You're also going to want to check the weather forecast for your trip to help you whittle your list down to the essentials. For instance, if the weather is pleasant and sunny with little-to-no wind, you probably won't need to pack three jackets and several pairs of long pants. Instead, you'll want to include one lightweight jacket and one pair of pants just in case. By doing this, you'll have more space for short-sleeved shirts and shorts.
Once you know what the weather forecast is and your clubs and gear are packed, you can go ahead and start packing your clothes. Here's a list of the most common items you'll want to include:
How can I stop my clothes from wrinkling in my golf bag?
To stop your clothes from wrinkling in your golf bag, you can roll them up instead of folding them. This can help lessen the chances of your clothes becoming slightly unfolded or shifting in your golf travel bag. Rolling your clothes can also help you to save a ton of space in your bag, as rolled clothes can be stacked differently and can slip into the smaller pockets on the sides of your golf bag.
What are other tools I can use when packing my golf clothes?
When packing your clothes for your golf getaway, you'll want to keep in mind that after a long day on the green, your clothes may not smell as fresh as they did in the morning. For this reason, we'd recommend packing some laundry bags or plastic packets to put your dirty clothes in. This will help to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate, and you can also use them for soiled golf shoes to keep your bag clean.
Similarly, your clean clothes may not retain their freshness throughout your whole trip if they're kept in your bag. To keep your clothes smelling clean and fresh (and potentially prevent dirty clothes from soiling your clean ones), you may want to pack some odour-absorbing sachets or even dryer sheets into your bag.
Whether you're packing for a weekend on the golf course or you're planning a longer golf holiday, you're going to want to learn to pack more efficiently. This can help save you a lot of trouble! Plus, by packing your clothes in your golf travel bag, you can also free up a lot of space in your hand luggage for more important or fragile items.
With these handy tips and tricks, you'll have more than enough space to pack everything you need for your next trip.