Packing for a holiday begins with good intentions, but by the end of it you end up throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, resulting in a severely over-packed suitcase that resembles a jumble sale. Whether you’re packing for a weekend city break or a two-week beach holiday, it’s not very helpful.
Here are some top tips for packing your suitcase smart for this year’s summer holiday:
Make a list
Packing without a list is risky, and more often than not you will end up forgetting something. It’s always a sensible idea to make a list of the essentials to prevent forgetting items such as your passport, toothbrush or even your favourite piece of jewellery. If you are struggling to know what to pack, there are a number of online lists online, such as this handy guide from The Telegraph.
Avoid extra fees
Before you begin packing, check your baggage allowance. If your suitcase is over your baggage limit, you will be charged unnecessary fees – the last thing you want! When packing, invest in some luggage scales and check it frequently as you add items. If you’re close to the limit, consider wearing some of the heavier items in your suitcase, such as jewellery, and cutting down on some items. It’s always worth saving some space to give yourself a chance to bring back any items you may have bought, or for any gifts for friends and family.
In addition, make sure you are aware of your airline’s baggage measurements too. Most airlines are the same, but it is worth checking the measurements anyway, to prevent having to pay additional fees before you’ve even got on the plane.
Make the most of space
One bug-bear many of us face when unpacking is being greeted by creased clothes. The last thing you want to do when arriving at your holiday destination, is face a pile of ironing before you even leave your room. To save space and stop creasing, consider rolling your clothes rather than folding them.
To save room even further, you could even use vacuum bags. By doing this, you also avoid the risk of light-coloured clothes being stained by dark clothes and dirty shoes.
To avoid the glares of fellow travellers at the airport when passing through security, it is important to be organised. Store all of your electronics, cables and fiddly items from the bottom of your bag into clear zipper-bags.
Place all your electricals in one – such as your phone charger, camera charger, adaptors and headphones; things for the journey home in another – such as door keys, and your car keys and parking ticket if you drove to the airport; as well as any medication and other loose items.
Know your limits
When heading away, it can be easy to accidentally mispack liquids over 100ml – particularly if you’re in a rush – which will unfortunately end up being confiscated. To avoid the embarrassment, check the capacity of all liquids you are taking with you – if they are over 100ml, it is worth buying travel-sized bottles, which you can pick up fairly cheap. Remember to place all liquids in a sealable plastic bag – only one is allowed!
Some people may not realise, but the same goes for e-liquids too. If you are taking any in your hand-luggage, ensure your vape store liquids are under the 100ml limit – don’t worry though, any larger bottles can be stored in your hold luggage, unlike the electronic cigarette itself which is prohibited in hold baggage when flying on both domestic and international flights.
As many travellers will know, clothes can begin to smell once they have been left in a contained space for a long time – flying especially. To help your clothes stay fresh, especially if you’re heading on a long-haul flight or heading away for a couple of weeks, consider placing a small bag of potpourri, fabric conditioner or scented draw liners.