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15 of the best packing tips ever…

Whether you’re the traveller that needs to take 12 pairs of shoes on holiday with them or has a tendency to buy too many souvenirs, there’s no need to get caught out at the airport counter with excess baggage. Here’s how to pack your bags like a pro, saving your suitcase zip and your budget.

1. Make a list

Toothbrush? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Mask and travel-sized hand sanitiser? Check. And you might want to consider pre-printing your boarding pass or using your phone to ensure your boarding is as contactless as possible.

2. Seal your liquids

Have you ever arrived at your destination, opened your bag, and found that a shampoo bottle had exploded all over them? The air pressure in the cabin can cause the air in your toiletries to expand and, yes, explode. An easy hack is to reuse one of your sealed plastic bags and pop them in there or put a little bit of beeswax wrap over the top of your bottles before you screw the lids back on. It’ll save you having to do your laundry as soon as you arrive.

3. Roll and vacuum pack your clothes

Don’t arrive at your holiday destination and face a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, put your clothes in, seal the bag, and squeeze the air out.

4. Cube your clothes

Another good packing solution is packing cubes: this help separates your items and finds things more quickly once you get there. You can find packing cubes on Amazon and other online shops.

5. Fill dead space

When it comes to packing, make use of every inch of suitcase space. Roll tops underwear, socks and other small items, and stuff them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled.

6. Keep it fresh

It’s nice to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially if you’re on a long trip. You’ll keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the journey by taking a small bag of potpourri, fabric conditioner sheets, or scented drawer liners.

7. Pack gadgets in (reusable) ziplock bags

How do you usually organise all of your electronics, cables, and fiddly bits that take ages to dig out at security? If you want to manage your packing, reuse some of your old ziplock bags. Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones: take extras (the same ones you’d use for hand luggage liquids) and store electrical items, things for the journey home (house keys, parking ticket, and car keys), medication and other loose accessories.

8. Pack make-up in cotton wool

To prevent your pressed powder or eye shadow from cracking during your travels, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid.

9. Leave books at home

Save the space and weight for your holiday. Whether it’s a steamy romance novel, thrilling sci-fi or a dog-eared travel guide, download the ebook before your trip. That way, you also don’t have to count on wifi to jump back into the story from your perfectly positioned beach chair. If you’re using an e-reader, ensure it has a water-resistant cover.

10. Pack valuables in empty bottles

To avoid the worst-case scenario of being robbed, it’s best to be inconspicuous: don’t flash cash or expensive jewellery. If you’re worried about valuable stuff in your hotel room, hide it in an empty suntan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled-up notes. You could also consider getting travel insurance.

11. Avoid extra baggage fees by weighing your luggage

Make sure you weigh your bags on both legs of the journey to see how close you reach the weight limit. If you’re close to the limit, consider wearing some of the heavier items or cutting down on what you pack in the first place.

12. Buy a lightweight suitcase

Buying the most expensive designer suitcase won’t get you an upgrade. It’s better all-round to be inconspicuous and go for a lightweight option. A hardshell bag can add up to four kilos of weight before you’ve even started packing, so being expensive isn’t always best.

13. Know your luggage limits

Baggage allowance varies from airline to airline. Make sure you’re aware of your limitations before you reach the airport. Some, but not all carriers will allow you to check in two bags, and the weight allowance can ensure sure you understand the hand luggage allowance and avoid costly charges at the gate.

14. Spruce up your suitcase

Don’t be faced with an airport baggage carousel crisis where you’re searching for your luggage amid its identical neighbours. Label your bag with luggage tags and give it a bit of a makeover to help spot it in the crowd. Decorate it with ribbons, stickers or even colourful shoelaces, so it’s instantly recognisable.

15. Make the most out of your hand luggage

No matter how well you decorate your suitcase, bags can go missing. Make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage, and always pack a spare change of clothes in your hand luggage, too, just in case your checked bag is lost or delayed. Just familiarise yourself with these unusual items that are not allowed in your cabin bag.


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