Packing can be the most stressful part of traveling. Do you pack extra clothes in case you sweat? How do you fit your favorite pair of shoes into the case and still manage to get it closed? What if I love my bag? Don’t panic, holidays are supposed to be a de-stressing experience. Below are my top 10 tips for packing so you can have a more enjoyable time.
1. Stuff socks into shoes (Yes, Janice from the TV show Friends did teach me this one)
This is a massive space saver and it saves you having to rummage around and mess up the rest of your luggage to find those small ankle socks that are hiding from you. It’s also just convenient, you need socks to wear your shoes and they’ll be right there.
2. Roll, don’t fold
Much more space will be available when you’re deciding whether to bring that extra outfit or not. It also prevents creasing in all your best outfits because not all hotels provide an iron. Also, it’s more fun to roll than to fold (or is that just me?)
3. Sorry, but pack less shoes
They are so bulky when you are packing and do you really need them? Analyse what you’re actually going to be doing on your holiday and pack accordingly, don’t pack trainers if you’re planning on lounging on the beach for a week.
4. Pack an extra bag for dirty clothes (you’ll thank me by the end of your trip!)
My mum taught me this one, it’s something that should be common sense but isn’t. You don’t want to have your old smelly clothes making your fresh ones dirty so pack them in a plastic bag so as to protect your clean clothes.
5. Wrap shampoos, creams and liquids in plastic bags
Wrap anything that may leak, ooze or randomly explode in a plastic bag to minimize or prevent any unexpected leakages. Most people pack shampoos, toothpastes and creams in toiletry bags, but why not go a step further and wrap any potential oozing culprits individually with plastic bags too?
6. Bring a Kindle or e-reader, not a book
Not only do you get multiple books on one small and portable device, but you also don’t have the weight of books in your luggage. It makes it easier to lug around and you’ll avoid those extra fees for weighty baggage.
7. Jazz up your suitcase
Worried that someone with a similar suitcase might pick your suitcase up instead? Personalise it. You get tags where you can fill in your address details, but why stop there? On plastic suitcases you can customize with stickers to make it personal.
8. Make a list
Compile a list of the things you absolutely HAVE to pack. You know stuff like pants, socks, toothbrush, etc. This way you won’t forget any of the important things you need to give you a smooth running holiday experience.
9. Pack an in-flight bag
This can consist of earphones, earplugs, eye masks, etc. just anything you think you might need on the flight. I normally put it in the front pouch of my bag so it is easily accessible. You can put it in a small plastic bag and have it with your carry-on bag.
10. Half what you originally packed
Trust me 9 times out of 10 you have definitely overpacked. Get rid of the unnecessary clutter because it’s just taking up space you could squeeze presents into on your way back. This isn’t just a space saver, but it also brings down the weight of the bag.
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