The destination has been chosen, the flights and accommodation have been booked and your last-minute holiday shopping should be complete; so, what’s left to do?
One of the major problems with going on holiday is undoubtedly the packing. That could be deciding what to take or then trying to cram all that’s needed into your suitcase. However, when packing there is more to consider than just what you want to take with you – with many airlines implementing legal restrictions on what you can and cannot take. So, how do you ensure you can still take the essentials and look beach ready while adhering to these limitations?
Deciding on outfits
Once you have decided on the outfits you want to take with you, changed your mind then finally reached a final selection, how do you fit it all in your suitcase and ensure it reaches the destination with minimal creases? If you are wanting to take shoes and trainers with you it’s best to place these at the bottom of your case and pack as many pairs of socks and pants into the shoes as will fit. On top of the shoes place heavier items such as jeans and jumpers. To maximise space, it is often best to roll these as generally such items will not crease or wrinkle – and try to pack these as close together as possible. If you are taking any fragile items such as jewellery, place these in the middle of the case on top of the rolled items as this will protect them from damage. The next layer of items should be lighter clothing such as t-shirts, again rolled if possible and tightly packed to allow you to maximise the number of outfits you can fit in your case. Some items such as dresses and skirts need to be folded and should be carefully placed on the next layer. Should there be any spaces left at the sides of the case these can be filled with other items such as belts and swimwear: this will maximise space and will help keep the rest of the packing in place. If you have not packed your toiletry bag, place this on the top layer last along with any outfit or nightwear you will need to use on arrival.
Check your bottle size
If you are travelling from any airport there will be a strict 100ml limit per item on all liquid-based products taken on board. This can include items such as mascara and sun cream. Most supermarkets will sell travel sized clear plastic bottles so it may be a good idea to buy these and transfer your regular brand of toiletries into them before you go. Also look for travel sized tubes of toothpaste and shampoo. To avoid some of the stress of doing this, it’s worth finding solid stick perfumes, deodorants and sun creams. However, if you don’t have the time, it may be worth just buying some of the more basic toiletries on arrival, using them for the duration of the holiday then leaving them at the hotel.
We’ve all been guilty of over packing for our holidays. Whether that’s taking 27 pairs of pants or expecting that you’ll need eight different pairs of shoes, for a week-long trip. The perfect way to avoid an over-flowing case, is to plan ahead. Look at what you intend to do while away, organise an outfit for each day and stick to it – instead of throwing your entire wardrobe in and hoping it’ll all fit in one suitcase. Clearly you will need contingencies as the weather cannot be relied on, but these can be incorporated into your overall plan.
Grab a book
We all love a good book whilst relaxing by the pool or on the beach, however those books are hardly a small item to pack! If you’re able you can easily download those must-read books or magazines onto your mobile device. A perfect way to save much needed space but still enjoy one of life’s simplest pleasures.
When packing for your holiday, the first thing to check is the baggage allowance for your suitcase; this will vary depending on the airline and your destination. The last thing you need at the start of your much-anticipated holiday is to cough up the extra charge for an over-packed bag or have to sacrifice your favourite pair of shoes!
Taking your favourite jewellery on holiday can be a stressful experience, with delicate chains often becoming tangled during the journey. A useful tip to prevent this from happening is to use a plastic straw, threading the chains through to prevent them from twisting around themselves. For other items, wrapping them in cling film is a handy tool to keep your jewellery together and minimise the space taken in your case.