Updated: Mar 30, 2022
Packing is without a doubt my least favourite part of any trip! One too many times I have sat down on a plane only to realise I have forgotten something. Whether you're a packing pro or last minute packer here are my top tips to make it that little bit easier.
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Lists, Lists and more Lists!
It's all too easy to forget something when packing especially if you're a last-minute packer. Make a list of everything you want to take with you and then you'll have a clear idea of what to pack.
Don't Take the Kitchen Sink
You don't need to cram your whole wardrobe into your suitcase, if you've made a list make sure you stick to it. Although I would recommend taking a spare set of clothing you don't need to have ten outfits for a weekend getaway.
Check Size/Weight Limits
Even if you use the same company every time you travel make sure you double-check their bag regulations, I've seen too many people face unwanted fees for overweight and oversized luggage. Never pack to the maximum limit as the airport's scales are much more sensitive than scales at home. An easy way to check the weight of your bags is by taking an electronic scale with you.
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Separate Your Liquids
Airport security is known for being a slow and painful experience and it's no surprise that you'll be asked to take out your liquids. To save time separate liquids when you pack and put them somewhere easily accessible. If you do not you may find yourself emptying your bag in the queue to try and find your shampoo bottle.
Roll or Fold?
Everyone has their own packing technique but if it's space you're looking to save then rolling your clothes will give you the best use of space in your case. Not only does this save space it also avoids creasing your clothes (for smaller clothing items you can use packing cubes).
I have only fairly recently started to use packing cubes and have only found them useful for smaller items of clothing; Swimwear, underwear, socks etc. Not only will it help keep everything together it'll also stop anything falling out if you have to open your bag during your journey. If you use a backpack rather than a suitcase then they may not be as efficient. The ones I use are made by Go Travel and you can check them out here.