Packing for holiday is one of the most stressful and annoying jobs we have to do before a week in the sun. It is hard enough to pack when you are packing for just one person. Add a family into the mix and it is almost impossible. We wanted to share with you three packing tips to help you get ready for your next trip in the most hassle free way possible.
Keep The Important Items Separate
I don’t know how to stress this enough but keep certain important items separate from the rest of your luggage. That way, you haven’t lost everything if your luggage goes walkabout mid flight. Items you should keep on you in your hold luggage are your passport and travel documents, important medication, certain devices such as your phone and GPS tracker and a selection of chargers.
If your luggage goes missing, at least you won’t have to worry about getting another passport sorted or your travel documents reprinted!
It is also worth having a few spare sets of clothes in your hold luggage too – just to tide you over until you get your luggage back or you are able to get to a place to buy new clothes.
Roll Your Clothes
It has taken me a good few years to move over to this way of thinking but if you aren’t rolling your clothes when packing, why not?
Rolling them means they take up less space and they also don’t crease as much, thanks to you not folding them as much. You should lay them facedown, fold any sleeves or frills in and roll up for shirts. Trousers should be rolled from the waste down.
You will find you have much more space in your suitcase if you roll your items and you may find it easier to fit in some of the bulkier, oddly shaped items.
Don’t Overpack Or Underpack
Although it can be sorely tempting to do so, try not to overpack or underpack. If you underpack you run the risk of shifting the items in there and fragile items may break. Try to fill the gaps with bags on the trip over and then you can always replace these with actual items for the way back.
You also do not want to overpack. Not only do you run the risk of your luggage breaking thanks to all that extra weight being put upon it but you also may see that your clothing has plenty of crease marks when you arrive at your destination – eek! If you overpack, it will also be difficult to repack it ready for the trip home and the last thing you want to be doing is playing suitcase scramble the night before your flight home!
These are just three packing tips that you can try out the next time that you go on holiday. Do you have any packing tips that you would like to share that we haven’t mentioned above? Do you always pack in a certain way?