Making sure you have everything you need, but not taking up too much space in your travel bag is a tricky affair, so weâ€™ve put together a selection of travel packing tips to make life easier when it comes to loading up your luggage!
Make a list
This one seem a little obvious, but making a list of the essentials you need for your trip not only helps to stop you over packing and taking unnecessary items, but it ensures you donâ€™t forget a thing.
Compress your clothes
Youâ€™d be surprised at just how quickly clothing can take up space inside your bag. Compressing your clothing and other soft items is a good way to increase your packing space, and the amount of clothes you can bring with you. Vacuum compression bags are a good way to do this, as are compression stuff sacks.
Another common, but very useful space saving tip â€“ roll your clothes! Youâ€™ll fit so much more in your bag this way, compared to simply folding them. Itâ€™s also a great way to reduce creases.
Ditch towels from home
Packing a towel from home is a huge no-no when it comes to travelling! Towels are extremely bulky and take up a lot of packing space, and after only a few uses youâ€™ll probably start to notice an unpleasant damp odour! Not ideal when youâ€™re travelling.
If you need to take your own towel, look into buying a special travel towel. These are designed to be more compact and lightweight than normal towels. They also dry quicker and are more absorbent; some even come with anti-bacterial treatment to prevent unpleasant odours and mould.
Wash your clothes
Limit the amount of clothing you pack by taking only a few essentials items and washing them during your trip. You can use travel detergents or fabric soap leaves to give them a good clean, and hang them out to dry using a special travel clothes line (donâ€™t worry, you wonâ€™t need to pack any pegs!). Youâ€™ll find your clothes will dry in no time – especially if youâ€™re travelling in hot climates.
Store items inside other items
Apply the concept of Russian dolls to your packing by storing smaller items inside other items. One popular space saving packing solution is to store socks or small bags of accessories inside your shoes. This will help keep them safe and save you some space in your bag.
Wear your bulky shoes & clothing
Some shoes can be pretty bulky, so try and wear these to the airport rather than packing them inside your bag, as this can save you a good amount of space. If you have any awkward-to-pack clothing, you should consider wearing this to the airport too â€“ unless it would be impractical!
Use a smaller bag
If you donâ€™t have an enormous packing space, you wonâ€™t be tempted to over pack and end up lugging excess items around with youâ€¦youâ€™ll also avoid excess baggage charges! Using a smaller bag, youâ€™ll be forced to adjust your packing style to suit the smaller space you have!
Pack in modules
Packing cubes are becoming more and more popular with travellers. These cases are great for keeping your luggage organised and help save you packing space. They are designed mainly for organisation purposes, but they do help you to make better use of your packing space, as they compress your clothes and accessories.
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