Packing for a vacation can be both stressful and exciting! I actually love packing for vacations. Unpacking, on the other hand is a different story. I like to think I’m rather organised, so I wanted to share my own travel packing hacks to help you prepare for your next trip.
First things first, different types of trips mean different packing requirements. But despite the type of trip you may be packing for, there are some general travel packing hacks that will help anyone maximise their luggage allowance.
Just roll with it
When packing smaller items such as socks and underwear, opt to roll them and you can stuff them into shoes or empty gaps. I also advise rolling t-shirts as this takes up less space overall. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to make things fit too. Which brings me onto my next tip…
Double stuff it
Depending on your shoe size of course, but you can usually pack up to 3 pairs of socks in one shoe once they are rolled. I’m a UK size 6 and can fit 2 pairs of socks and a pair of underwear in one shoe!
Pack a bag
Ok, so you’re packing a bag and I’m telling you to pack another bag? Yes! Don’t forget to pack spare empty plastic bags. They come in handy for wrapping dirty or wet clothes or anything else you want to keep separate from your clothes.
More than just a shower cap
Similar to the above hack, shower caps are also great for doubling up as shoe covers. They fit perfectly around your shoe or sandal so are perfect when you are trying to keep the sand away from the rest of your clothes. Not to mention that they can pretty much be found in any hotel room.
Keeping it bottom heavy
Distributing your items evenly is just one part of the problem. If you haven’t packed it right, you may find the weight uneven and hard to roll along. So be sure to pack your heavier items such as shoes towards the bottom of the case. This will help with the weight distribution and make it easier to roll.
Prepare for the worst
I always pack emergency items such as pain killers, plasters and even imodium (which was a lifesaver on a trip to Philippines!). Packing useful medication is always handy as you never know when or if you will get a chance to find a pharmacy at your destination.
Save space for things you love
Lastly, don’t forget to save some space for all the goodies you know you will eventually buy. If you’re like me you may even have a slight addiction to shopping at duty free. And don’t forget the space all your souvenirs will take up!
So that makes my travel packing hacks, do you have any of your own to share? Also check out these space saving packing tips from the experts at Travel & Leisure. Have you got any exciting holidays booked?