What can be more exciting than going on a holiday? Being able to experience new destinations, cultures and cuisines, taking a well-earned break and being able to relax. However, one of the least exciting parts of any holiday is packing.
Most of us leave packing to the last minute, and more often than not, we accidentally leave out some key items, or our suitcase ends up weighing more than our luggage allowance, which can be extremely costly.
So, before you start packing for your next holiday, here are some important tips to consider, which will help you start your holiday on the right foot!
1. Wear your heaviest items to the Airport
Airlines weigh your suitcase – not you! Therefore it is a good idea to wear all your heaviest clothing on your flight in order to maximise your luggage allowance. It’s a smart idea to wear your jeans, jacket and heaviest shoes, and if you get too warm, just put the jacket in the overhead locker!
2. Invest in a light-weight suitcase
If you have an older suitcase, and often struggle to get below your luggage allowance, maybe your suitcase is the problem. Many newer suitcases are made of lightweight materials and can help you save on those precious kilos when you check your bags in. Plus it means that you’ll be able to pack a little bit more!
3. Don’t pack anything unnecessary!
Don’t bother to pack things such as shampoo and conditioner, as you can often just buy these once you’ve arrived, and they are often a lot cheaper than back home too! Plus, most hotels also offer an array of complimentary toiletries. Packing items such as towels and hairdryers should be avoided, as these are usually provided by your hotel. In addition, if you are traveling to a country with a different power frequency – your hairdryer won’t work anyway!
4. Don’t go overboard
People often go overboard when packing clothes, however you’ll probably only need half of what you’ve packed! Having one shirt for every two days is more than enough, and you can always “wash one” and then “wear one” to make your clothing stretch. It’s more likely than not that you’ll be buying some clothes once abroad anyway.
5. Roll, don’t fold!
By rolling your clothing, it not only saves space, but it avoids creases too! Tuck underwear into all the gaps, and put your socks into your shoes in order to create some extra space.
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