You simply can’t beat that pre-holiday feeling. With just days to go until some hard-earned fun in the sun, you’ll want to focus your mind on the relaxation that lies ahead. Unfortunately, the hassle of packing can be an unwelcome but necessary interruption at an otherwise exciting time; although it doesn’t have to be.
With a little bit of know-how, you can pack faster and smarter; leaving those worries about missed-out items and baggage allowances behind. To help you get started, we’ve enlisted the help of three experts, who know a thing or two about travel. Here, they tell us their top packing tips, that’ll take the stress out of your pre-holiday routine.
Clare Thomson from Suitcases and Sandcastles says…
Suitcases and Sandcastles is a family travel blog run by Clare Thomson. She aims to show readers how to make travel and culture more fun by slowing down and taking the time to experience and enjoy it. She loves to travel, having backpacked around India and Thailand for six months, and writes about her experiences in newspaper columns.
- Keep the kids happy. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to pack things to stop them from getting hungry or bored, especially on flights and long car or train journeys. Have some of their favourite snacks handy and bring easy to pack activities like sticker and colouring books, magnetic travel games, finger puppets and wipeable activity cards.
- Pick versatile clothing. When deciding what to pack, choose clothes and accessories that mix and match to create several different outfits out of a few key pieces.
- Use your shoes. Wrap up your underwear and pack it into your footwear. Tie these together with an elastic band and pack them into a bag, so they don’t make your other clothes dirty. I use small fabric bags, but shower caps or plastic bags work just as well.
Elle Croft says…
Elle Croft is a blogger, social media consultant, copywriter and author. Obsessed with discovering new places, she’s a self-confessed packing expert and knows how to travel in style without the unnecessary baggage. You can see what she’s been up to over on her website, ellecroft.com.
- Pack items that work twice as hard. When space (and weight) is limited, essentials that double up as something else are your best friend. Sarongs can be used as a scarf or rolled up to use as a pillow on the plane. Take a makeup case that can double up as an evening clutch, or a lipstick that can also be used as a blusher.
- Roll it up. Rolling vs folding might be the subject of heated debates among travellers, but in my experience, rolling your clothes really can save a load of suitcase space. Roll larger items like jeans and jackets, and place them in the middle of the case, then finish by rolling smaller pieces and squeezing them into the spaces that are left.
- Check the weather. Today weather forecasting is accurate enough that you don’t need to pack for all eventualities. Sure, you might get an unexpected rain shower, but it shouldn’t be drastically different to what the forecast says. Leave the ‘just in case’ outfits at home, and pack only what you need.
Colleen from Magic Freebies UK says…
- Decorate your suitcase. If you prefer the subtle look for your luggage, then you probably find it difficult to find your suitcase on the baggage carousel. Decorate it with a large colourful ribbon, or maybe some large stickers, depending on the type of material it is. This way you’ll be able to spot your bag quickly at the reclaim.
- Look out for freebies before your holiday. As a lover of free stuff, I like to check out the free health and beauty section on Magic Freebies leading up to my holiday. Free samples are perfect for packing in your toiletries bag, and it saves buying miniatures, which can be surprisingly expensive.
- Wear your heaviest clothes to the airport. Don’t waste valuable suitcase space with bulky sweaters or coats. Instead, wear as much as you possibly can to the airport. Think heavy shoes, big coats and large hats. You may look funny, but now you can fit extra items in your luggage.