Traveling is amazing, however the stress of packing luggage can turn the build up of that dream vacation you have been planning into a nightmare. The next time you’re preparing to get away from it all, whether you are going on a summer beach holiday or a short city break, make a note of these seven luggage packing hacks that will help get you in the holiday mood.
Carry your liquids in the appropriate luggage
One of the biggest issues travellers face when they arrive at airport security is liquids, as only a small amount can be placed in your carry-on bag, with the rest needing to go in the hold. Any liquids in your carry-on bag must be in containers of 100ml of less and comfortably stored in a single transparent quart-sized bag.
Don’t get confused by the term ‘liquid’ either. This not only applies to items you, but also aerosols, gels, creams, gels and pastes. If you’re in doubt as to what you can carry in your hand luggage we recommend checking with your airline before you travel.
Pack some wipes
Thankfully wipes are allowed onboard in your hand luggage, which is great news because airplanes can be a breeding ground for germs! Toilets onboard an airplane can be used hundreds of times during a single flight, however the only thing keeping it clean when you are up in the air is the good manners of your fellow passengers, this doesn’t mean there aren’t unseen nasties lurking in there though:
Another area which is much harder to avoid is the space around your seat. If you have wipes in your bag you can always give the area a quick wipe down before take-off, paying special attention to your tray table:
Roll up, roll up
This little hack not only helps create more space in your suitcase but can also reduce the amount of creasing that occurs during transit. Tightly rolling items such as tops and jeans rather than folding them means you’ll have to do less items when you reach your destination. Smaller items that are already rolled into a ball, such as socks, can also be placed in empty pockets of space in shoes and elsewhere around your suitcase.
Keep your jewellery safe
Packing small items, like jewelry can always be a worry. Not only are they some of the most precious things you will take on your journey, but they are the easiest to misplace. It’s not unusual for rings, cufflinks and earrings to go missing when you’re on the move. Fortunately pill boxes are the perfect thing to use to safely store small items during your flight. Not only do they keep them safe, you can also organize them into pairs using the individual compartments in the pill box.
Just pack the essentials
We’re all guilty of overpacking when we travel, however with a little bit of care and attention you can make sure that you make the most of that limited luggage space. Start by gathering all the clothes you would normally plan to pack. Think long and hard about each garment and whether you’re packing it “just in case” or whether you’re packing it because you need it. Soon you’ll realize exactly how much space all those extra clothes were taking up!
If you really want to keep your case streamlined, then try packing double use clothing too. Maybe you have a pair of comfortable pants that you can wear for travelling and for sleeping in? Shoes are always a good candidate as different styles can be worn in many different situations.
Avoid leaks with saran wrap
So you’ve arrived at your hotel and opened your case, only to find that you’ve got shampoo on your socks, toothpaste on your t-shirt and perfume on your pumps. That’s not a great way to start your trip. Thankfully this can be easily avoided. Before you travel, simply remove the lid of any liquid container and add a layer of saran wrap over the mouth of the container. Once you’ve replaced the lid use sticky tape to secure the gap between it and the container. Remember, if you do have a liquid leak to use wipes to clean the inside of your case before travelling back.
Weigh your case before you travel
No one wants a nasty surprise when they reach check-in. Your airline should already have informed you of your luggage allowance, so make sure that you’re not over that by using some luggage scales. It’s a small investment, but can make a great deal of difference by helping you avoid nasty surprise charges at the airport!
What packing hacks do you swear by when preparing for your holidays? Send us a tweet or contact us on Facebook and let us know your tips.