We know a thing or two about travel, so here are the top packing tricks and tips we’ve learned over the years...
No one enjoys packing for a holiday, do they? For many, it’s the most stressful part of the whole trip – trying to fit everything in your suitcase, making sure you don’t spill/break anything, and checking you have followed all the airport security rules.
1. Make use of every available gap – for instance, put rolled up underwear and socks inside your shoes and stack bras on top of each other.
2. Only take what you really need – lay out all of your outfits before you pack them to make sure you’ll use everything, and make sure you pack a variety of co-ordinating items so you can mix and match. A good rule of thumb is to take two tops for every pair of trousers/shorts.
3. Wear your bulkiest clothes and shoes on the journey to save suitcase space (just don’t do a Joey Tribbiani!)
Avoid wrinkling and bad smells
1. Roll your clothes, don’t fold them! It will help to prevent wrinkling and save you lots of room.
2. Store your shoes in plastic bags or shower caps to stop smells or mud/sand from transferring to the rest of your case.
3. Pack a light canvas or plastic bag so you can keep dirty clothes separate on the return journey.
4. Place a rolled up belt inside your shirt collars to help them keep their shape.
5. Place a tumble dryer sheet in the bottom and on the top of your suitcase to keep clothes smelling fresh.
Make travelling easier
1. Stack heavy items like books and shoes at the bottom of the suitcase by the wheels – it will help to balance the weight of the case.
2. Make sure you can carry your suitcase before you travel! You can’t always wheel it along so you need to know you can hold its weight in situations like going up a flight of stairs.
3. If travelling in couples or groups, put one or two items of each other’s clothing in each of your suitcases so if anyone loses their luggage they have at least one change of clothes.
4. Don’t pack essentials or valuables in your main luggage – keep medication, travel documents and special jewellery in your carry-on.
Avoid spills & breakages
1. Keep delicate items like perfume bottles safe in transit by placing them inside socks or rolling them inside pyjamas.
2. Put a layer of cling film under the lid of toiletries as a barrier so if the lid pops open nothing will spill out all over your wash bag.
1. Store charger cables inside glasses cases.
2. Use pill boxes to separate necklaces and earrings.
Follow the rules
1. Check and double check your airline’s website for its weight and luggage restrictions – make sure you consider everything, for instance whether they’ll allow you to load extra items in the hold such as child’s buggy. You don’t want to get caught with a hefty fee.
2. Brush up on your restricted items on the UK government website – for instance, liquid restrictions in hand luggage.
3. Check any restrictions for the country you’re visiting – it’s your responsibility to make sure you don’t bring in any banned food or substances and that you follow security rules. For instance, in America you need to use certain types of suitcase lock approved by the Transport Security Administration (TSA).
Did you have any trusty packing hacks? Let us know your favourites in the comments.