10 packing tips to travel like a pro
Whether you’re packing for a weekend city break or a two week beach holiday, these are all of the tips you’ll ever need for stress-free packing.
1.Make a packing – list
2. Avoid stains
Ever packed light clothes and found a stain on them when you arrived? Never have this problem again. Firstly you should always make sure your light coloured clothes are packed inside out, and secondly, hold on to hotel disposable shower caps and use them to cover the base of your shoes.
3. Roll and vacuum pack
Don’t arrive at your holiday destination and be faced with a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out. This will leave you with lots more space in your suitcase and will prevent creases.
4. Cube your clothes
Another good packing solution is packing cubes – these help separate your items and find things more quickly once you get there.
5. Fill dead space
When it comes to packing, make use of every little inch of suitcase space that you can. Roll tops, underwear, socks and other small items and stuff them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled.
6. Stay fresh
It’s important to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially if you’re on a long trip. By taking a small bag of fabric conditioner sheets or scented drawer liners, you’ll keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the trip.
7. Ziplock bags
If you want to organise your gadgets, then get yourself a stash of ziplock bags. Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones – take extra plastic bags (the same ones you’d use for hand luggage liquids) and use them to store electrical items, things for the journey home (house keys, parking ticket and car keys), medication and other loose accessories
8. Cotton wool
To prevent your pressed powder or eye shadow from cracking during your travels, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid.
9. Don’t pack books
Whether it’s that steamy romance novel, thrilling sci-fi, or a travel guide, download it before your trip. And don’t count on wi-fi to jump back into the story from your perfectly positioned beach chair. Make sure it’s on a water resistant covered device.
10. Empty bottles and tubes for safety
To avoid the worst case scenario of being robbed, it’s best to be inconspicuous: don’t flash cash or expensive jewellery. If you’re worried about valuable stuff in your hotel room,
hide it in an empty sun tan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled up notes.