Are you planning a trip away this festive season? Whether you’re heading for some winter sun or a week visiting family and friends, there’s a few essential tips on how to pack for the Holiday season I had to share. Everyone’s packing style is different and we all have our own travel needs, so before you get upset at the idea of leaving behind your beloved toothbrush sanitiser, remember that these are only suggestions. I travel a lot with work so these are hints and tips which I’ve picked up through trial and error – I hope you find the following helpful…
Make a list
Get organised a plan exactly what you really need to take with you by writing a list. This way you will never over pack or forget your phone charger! Making a list also gives you a chance to review and reconsider what you really need to bring.
Roll your clothes
To roll or fold your clothes is a critical decision. Rolling clothes helps prevents creases and takes up less space in a suitcase, but this can also increase the overall weight of the case as everything will be packed more densely. Folding on the other hand, takes up more space in the suitcase (handy sometimes if your case is bigger than you really need for shorter trips and you don’t want things shifting around).
If you hate ironing as much as I do, definitely roll your clothes! This means you can also cross off the travel iron from the list too!
Choose shoes wisely
Ah, shoes. We all need them, yet they take up so much space in a bag. Pack as few pairs as you can get away with. Some experts advise no more than three, but your trip might call for more, right? I would recommend taking the lightest pairs you can. Pack shoes that do double duty for day to night. And think neutral: black or tan shoes will match more outfits than green.
To pack shoes, put them in bags to avoid getting the rest of your stuff dirty. Pack them along the bottom of the suitcase, with soles touching the suitcase’s bottom.
Stuff smaller items inside your shoes to save space, it’s also a great way to protect those items too.
Travel with smaller items
Leave the industrial-size bottle of hairspray at home. Instead, opt for travel-size toiletries found in the travel-products section in most supermarkets. You can also order products online, I recommend Boots.com as their selection is vast and they also have so many top brands available. Or, save some money by investing in empty travel-size bottles and refill them with your favourite products from home. You can pick these up from Primark, if I remember correctly, they do a selection of five different bottles sizes for a pound – bargain!
If you’re traveling relatively light, the best way to keep your precious cargo safe is to use what you already have, a pair of long socks, an oversized scarf or a hat is perfect to use. For-instance, to pack one bottle, simply stuff it in one of the socks (you want a pair long enough that the bottle fits completely, ideally with a bit of excess sock at the top), wrap the second sock around the neck of the bottle (which is the part that’s easiest to break in transit), and then roll the whole thing in your scarf. When you’re ready to pack, simply lay down a few pieces of clothing, place the wrapped wine in the center, and cover with more rolled clothing. It’s best to fill your suitcase as much as possible, so the wine bundle stays exactly in place. Cheers!
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