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Packing Tips

Spruce up your suitcase

Don’t be faced with an airport baggage carousel crisis, where you’re struggling to identify your luggage from its identical neighbours. Label your suitcase carefully with luggage tags and make sure you ‘spruce it up’. Decorate it with ribbons, stickers or even colourful shoelaces so it’s instantly recognisable.

Take spare ziplock bags and use them to separate different groups of items

Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones – we all have so many wires and gadgets that are easily lost in a suitcase. To prevent this problem, ziplock bags are the answer. Take some extras, as well as the ones for your on-flight 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.

To avoid stains – pack light-coloured clothes inside out and put disposable shower caps over your shoes

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. Secondly, keep the disposable shower caps you find at hotels and use them to cover the base of your shoes.

Roll clothes and use vacuum compression bags/packing cubes

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, you 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 more effectively than folding. Another good packing solution idea is packing cubes – these help separate your different items and access things more quickly.

Use empty cosmetic bottles and tubes to hide money

To avoid the worst case scenario of being robbed, it’s best to be inconspicuous and avoid flashing the cash. If you’re on the beach and you really must go for a swim, hide your money in an empty sun tan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled up notes.

Use cling-film and tape to prevent liquid leaks

We’ve all suffered from the disastrous liquid leak in our luggage when we arrive at our destination. To prevent this, take the lids off liquid bottles and add a layer of cling-film. Then when you put the lid on, use clear tape to seal the gap where the lid joins the container. Now you can travel without the worry of any spills.

Make up tip – to stop powder and eye shadow cracking use a layer of cotton wool

Here’s one for the ladies. To prevent your pressed powder or eyeshadow from cracking during your travels, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid.

Put scented draw liners/fabric conditioner sheets/a small bag of potpourri in your suitcase to keep everything fresh

It’s important to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially if you’re on a long trip. By taking a small bag of pot pourri/fabric conditioner sheets/scented drawer liners, you’ll keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the trip.

Create a holiday packing list for different types of travel

Have a little notebook especially for your travels and title each page with a different holiday type. For example, this could relate to season, length of stay, or style of holiday. You could have packing lists for ‘weekend break’, ‘beach holiday’ or ‘winter ski holiday’. Spend 30 minutes brainstorming and making a packing list under each page. Always have this little book next to your passport, so when you go away, you will never have any mind blanks and will always remember the correct things to pack.

Have essentials in your hand luggage

It’s always best to be prepared for the worst and let’s face it, sometimes bags go missing. Make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage and always pack a spare change of clothes in your hand luggage too, just in case the worst happens and your checked bag is lost/delayed. That way you won’t have to rush to the shops as soon as you arrive to buy replacement clothing.

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