Whether you’re really bad at packing or just detest the task, here are some handy tips to make your life a little bit easier when heading out on a holiday.
HAVE A PACKING PLAN
Think about where you’re going, how long for, temperature changes and what is necessary. Plus, how to fit a few of those unnecessary items because sometimes you just need them!
REMEMBER THE WEIGHT LIMIT
If you’re travelling by plane or joining a tour bus, weight limits are usually enforced. If you want to escape fees or being told to ditch half of your belongings, keep this in mind and either strategically plan what can be distributed between your carry on and checked luggage or go down the more traditional/practical route and…
Think about what you can wear multiple times with many different tops or jackets, as examples. This leads to the realisation you could be bringing one pair of pants instead of two and the rest is all downhill from there!
To avoid a serious mess when arriving at your destination or back home, wrap your toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers in plastic bags or Ziploc bags before placing them in your toiletries bags.
STOP, DROP AND ROLL!
Stop what you’re doing, drop the clothes you’re folding and then pick them up again, but this time roll the clothes into neat little sausages that place perfectly in your suitcase or duffel bag. Not only does it save space, but rolling your clothes helps decrease the chance of wrinkles!
Some clothes you will need to fold, such as suits, dresses and silk and rayon fabrics. Do a bit of a web search on the best folding methods for these items to make sure you get it right.
PLACE FOOTWEAR AND HEAVY ITEMS ALONG THE BASE
For obvious, gravity-related reasons. Your shoes and heavy items won’t damage your clothes or lighter items if there’s nowhere for them to move! For high heels of any kind, remember to place them on their sides so that no holes are poked through your luggage or other belongings.
ON A SIMILAR NOTE…
Keep all light and squishable items on the top to keep them un-squished and clean.
WRAP IT UP
Wrap fragile items and breakable souvenirs in your bulkiest clothing or several clothing items and place them in the middle of your suitcase or bag to protect them from the knocks or bumps involved in any journey. If you can, put these items in your carry-on luggage to keep a closer eye on them.
Label your luggage with your details in case it gets lost and remember to lock it up for safety! Especially if travelling a great distance with many stops via many countries.