Just downloaded the OneBag app and wondering how to get the most out of it? Here are some tips and tricks to help.

Check out the sample data

When you first open the app you’ll see a popup asking whether you wish to import a sample trip and items or start with a blank slate. Our advice would be to import the sample data to get a feel for how the app works. You can then either edit the trip and items to fit your own requirements, or if you want to start fresh, wipe OneBag’s data from your device’s settings menu (navigate to your device settings -> apps & notifications -> OneBag -> storage -> clear storage). When you reopen the app, you’ll see the pop-up again and can this time select ‘start empty’.

Enter only the information you need

Many of the trip and item fields are optional. At a minimum, each trip needs a name and a start date – you can leave the end date empty for an open-ended trip. Items require a name, a category, and if you’re adding it to a trip then you also need to specify which bag you’re putting it in. The quantity will always default to 1 and item weights are completely optional. If you don’t specify any weights, you simply won’t see them show up in your packing list or the trip summary.

Long-press for more options

Trips, templates and items can be long-pressed to open up an additional menu for easy access. Navigate straight to the trip summary or edit a trip by long-pressing a trip, or open the remove/delete options by long-pressing an item.

Remove or delete?

There are two options to remove an item from a trip – ‘remove item from list’ which only removes an item from that particular trip, and ‘delete item’. Deleting an item is permanent and it will be removed from all current and upcoming trips as well as from your inventory.

Removing items while you’re currently on the trip is handled slightly differently. When you select either option, you’ll be prompted with a pop-up asking you to provide a reason. This information will then be stored in case you archive the trip later (archiving is available with OneBag Pro). These items will then appear crossed out in the archived list and the removal reason included in the item’s note. You can also choose to just remove it without saving a record if you don’t think you’ll use the archiving feature.

Create a ‘bag’ for your worn items

This is more a matter of personal preference. If you like to record not only the items you’re packing for a trip, but also what you’ll be wearing on the plane, create a bag called something like ‘worn’. That way you can see the weight of everything you’re wearing and they’ll be added to the total. If your trip involves a lot of moving around, you can shuffle items between bags and change the ‘worn’ items so you still get an accurate idea of how much your bags weigh at any one time (handy if you’re taking lots of short flights on budget airlines).

Weight management

You might be wondering why OneBag is so focused on weight. It’s because we know how much it sucks to lug a heavy suitcase up and down long flights of stairs, or how much back, neck and shoulder pain can be caused by carrying around a too-heavy backpack. That’s why we’re big proponents of packing light, and why we’ve integrated important features in the OneBag app to help you manage the weight of the items you’re carrying.

When you create a first draft packing list, the trip summary will show a breakdown of the total weight by bag and by category. If there’s a particular category that seems disproportionately heavy, focus on that area to try to cut back. You can also order packing lists by weight to find your heaviest items and decide if they can be replaced with lighter-weight options.

The bag breakdown is useful for shuffling items around to stick within airline weight limits. Carry-on bags and even checked luggage have specific weight limits, but what they call a personal item (usually a purse, slim laptop bag or a small backpack) often does not. So you can move items into your personal item if your bag’s just that little extra overweight to avoid getting stung with excess baggage fees.

Easy packing

When packing your bags, use the overflow menu (those three little dots in the top right-hand corner) to filter items by bag to pack them one at a time. The bottom blue bar tells you how many items you have packed vs the total items to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Oftentimes you need to repack your bags multiple times during a trip as you move about, so select ‘uncheck all items’ from the overflow menu to clear all the checkboxes and start over.

Premium features

If you’ve purchased OneBag Pro you’ll be able to create templates and keep a record of past trips. Create templates from an existing trip (past, current or upcoming) by opening the packing list’s overflow menu and select ‘Save as template’. You can also long-press a trip from the main page or archive and select it from the pop-up menu, or create a template from scratch from the templates page. Use a template to populate a trip’s packing list by first creating the trip, click the ‘add item’ button and select ‘copy from template’ from the pop-up menu.

An archived trip is intended as a snapshot of everything you took away with you as well as new additions made while travelling. If you accidentally delete an item you can add it back by clicking on the overflow menu and selecting ‘add an item’. This only adds the item to the archived trip and not the inventory. You can also indicate whether the item was used up/lost etc by clicking the ‘is gone’ checkbox and providing a note. The item will then appear ‘crossed out’.

Now that you’ve discovered all the features of the OneBag app, hopefully you’re ready to start creating your ideal packing list and have an awesome holiday. Happy travels!