5 quick travel packing tips
We are all guilty for over packing when it comes to going on holiday, especially if heading away for more than a few days. If you have a multi centre holiday planned for this year or in 2014, and need to pack strategically, make sure that you read these five quick packing tips to help save you time, avoid the excess baggage fare and enjoy a stress-free trip.
Plan – Before starting to organise your bags, check your weight restrictions and luggage allowance. Lists are not for losers so write down everything that you may need. If apps are more your way, then splash out £1.99 on ‘Packing Pro’ a handy app that will prevent you from ever forgetting your toothbrush or passport again. Tell the app where you are going, how long for, who with and any weight restrictions. In return it provides a list of items to pack split into sections and with the option to email out to friends and family.
Roll and cram – Rolling is the new folding. Avoid creases and utilise all of the space in your suitcase with this tried and tested technique. Cram underwear and socks into shoes to take up wasted space and fit jewellery into any gaps. If you have a tailored piece that turn up creased, simply hang in a steamy bathroom and once damp shake out and lightly reshape.
Small toiletries – Downsize the toiletries and take only what you need. Seems pretty obvious, but invest in small cosmetic bottles and decanter only what you need. Another tip that is worth keeping in mind is starting a collection of travel-sized soaps and shampoos from hotel stays – especially if travelling hand luggage with limited liquid allowance. Also, always use a bag for toiletries – toothpaste stained trousers is never a good look.
Colour coordinate – Lay out your clothes and choose items that will work together. Not only does this ease confusion when away, but also means you won’t be lugging around clothes that you will never end up wearing. Accessories are also a great investment that can effortlessly create a new outfit. Choose a statement piece of jewellery or colorful scarf to spice up the trustworthy little black dress with ease.
Travel wash – Instead of taking the whole underwear draw, simply pack a tube of travel wash. Cut down the quantity of clothes needed by simply doing a little laundry in the sink – extremely useful if you have booked a twin centre holiday and travelling for long amounts of time.