Packing…it’s something we all need to do if we’ve booked a trip, but dread doing. If you’re looking for some quick hacks to turn your packing nightmare into a very simple task, then look no further.
Check Out What You Can Check-In
You’ve made it to the airport, case full to the brim with all your travel “essentials”. Just as you’re finally about to relax, you’re told that your bag is over the weight limit or there are banned items inside it. Disaster, right? Avoid any unnecessary, last minute, embarrassing airport repacking, or expensive airline charges, by checking the airline restrictions ahead of time. It’s a small amount of effort that will make your check-in experience much less stressful.
Ladies, let’s face it, we don’t do ‘light packing’. This year, save yourself some room and ditch your folding ways. Roll your clothes individually and you’ll find that you can fit almost double into your suitcase.
If you’re worried about creasing, then try bundle wrapping, which involves combining your clothes into neat packages using tactical folding methods. Our final space-saving packing tip is: invest in travel vacuum bags, which help keep everything as compact as possible. Be sure to make use of all the empty spaces too, and that includes inside your shoes – the perfect spot for storing socks, jewellery, or phone chargers. Et voila, you’re a suitcase-space-maximising expert – time to play Tetris with that extra room in your stylish carry on luggage with legs (just be careful not to add too much extra weight inside that trendy travel accessory)!
Is It Really Necessary?
A lighter case makes travelling so much easier, so try to minimise the number of unnecessary items you pack into your case. Try making a list ahead of packing and plan out your outfits for each day, so that you avoid packing too many clothes. Those ‘just in case’ items normally end up returning from your travels unworn or unused, so save yourself some backache by packing only the necessities.
Wear the Weight
Walking boots, thick jumpers and big coats will all add considerable weight to your case, and if you’re packing with a restricted weight limit, then the kilos are super valuable. Opt to wear your heaviest or bulkiest items on the plane and this problem will be no more. Don’t worry about being too warm, as once you’re on the plane, you will be able to remove your layers and store them in the overhead compartment while you travel.
Pack the Scales
If you’re planning on a spot of retail therapy while you travel, or maybe just buying gifts to take home for friends and family, don’t forget that this will increase the weight of your luggage when you return home. Pack a luggage scale and you’ll be able to keep track of whether your souvenirs will tip the scale when you make it to the airport, or whether those extra shoes will make it back to your house. Happy shopping!
If you still need more inspiration, check out what these travel experts have to say about packing light.
As your escape from reality draws ever nearer your packing worries will no longer hold you down. Room for one more in that suitcase?