No matter the length of the trip — be it a weekend getaway or a three-week beach holiday — you’ll need to pack a bag, and you’ll want to pack it right.
Let’s face it…packing your travel bags before a trip can be a bit daunting. What if you forget something? Or run out of space? Will your bag be overweight?
Stop stressing! Packing your suitcase is a cinch if you know how. I’ve put together these handy travel hacks that will have you packed up and ready to go in no time.
1. Keep a Packing Checklist, or just use ours (see blog of 11 December)
Passport? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Sunscreen? Doh! For peace of mind Before you even unzip your suitcase, you should know exactly what you’re going to put in it. Write up a packing list or you could just use ours, of everything you’ll need for your trip.
2. Pack two tops for every bottom
You’re more likely to re-wear a pair of bottoms, then a top. So to avoid overpacking, stick to this rule: pack two different tops (perhaps a blouse and a sweater) for every bottom.
3. On a roll
To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them. You’ll find you’re able to fit in much more, plus it’s a lot faster than folding
4. Fill dead space
When it comes to packing, make use of every little inch of suitcase space that you can. Roll tops, underwear, socks and other small items and stuff them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled. Save space while helping your bras maintain their shape by stacking them on top of each other. You can even store you underwear inside of the cups
5. Whatever the weather
It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast at your destination before packing your clothes. If there’s a cold front coming or a heat wave on the way, you can pack something appropriate so you’re not left out in the cold or hot under the collar.
6. Keep it together
Keep your bags from turning into a messy jumble by packing similar items together. Put your passports and documents into a folder or plastic ziplock bag. Store toiletries in a sealed bag so if anything leaks it won’t get onto the rest of your things.
7. Know your limits
Baggage allowance varies from airline to airline. Make sure you’re aware of your limits before you reach the airport.
8. Avoid stains
Always make sure your light coloured clothes are packed inside out, and secondly, A handy way to keep shoes from soiling your cloths is to hold on to hotel disposable shower caps and use them to cover the base of your shoes.
9. Pack an empty tote for laundry
You might need a carry-all for a day trip or a bag to organize/isolate your laundry for the trip home.
10. Stay fresh
It’s important to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially if you’re on a long trip. By taking a small bag of potpourri, fabric conditioner sheets or scented drawer liners, you’ll keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the trip.
11. Don’t predict the weather – check it
Depending on where you’re going, weather forecasts are either your holiday’s best friend or biggest foe. Come rain or shine, meteorologists will always give you the best idea of what weather to expect on your holiday. Check the day before you fly and pack accordingly, and save room for that trusty pac-a-mac or umbrella you hope you’ll never have to use.
12. Be bag wise
Don’t be faced with an airport baggage carousel crisis where you’re searching for your luggage amidst its identical neighbours. If you need to check in luggage, make it easier to spot on the carousel by decorating it with ribbons, stickers or even colourful shoelaces so it’s instantly recognisable.
13. Pack a mini closet in your hand luggage
Not literally, of course, but it’s always a nice idea to add a clean set of underwear and a garment in your carry-on bag, in case of your luggage being lost in an aeroplane mix-up. Good idea is to also pack a swimsuit in case you arrive at your hotel before your room is ready, that way, at least you can sunbathe by the pool!
14. In-flight Essentials
Pack all the things that you want to keep with you on a flight in a small zippered pouch that you keep in your carry-on bag (headphones, earplugs, phone, wallet, book, reading glasses, etc.) so that when you board you can just pull that pouch out, toss it into your seat, and then place your carry-on in the overhead bin, quickly and efficiently
Enjoy your vacation!