Grabbing your favourite suitcase from the cupboard to pack for a special trip is always an exciting occasion, but some people break out in a cold sweat at the very mention of the job. From preventing creased clothes and spills, to remembering the essentials, there is a lot to think about especially for a longer trip, but we have a collection of tips and tricks which will make your next pack easier. A great start is making sure you have a good quality, lightweight suitcase, and checking the baggage allowance for your airline for both check-in luggage and carry on bag as it will vary, and you don’t want to overdo it. Next, if you are worried about forgetting something important, write up a packing list. Start a few weeks out from your departure date, rather than on the day of the pack, so you can add things as you remember them along the way. When it comes to clothes, rolling jeans, trousers and t-shirts, rather than folding them, means they will crease less. If you want to pack a lot into a small case, you can also consider rolling your clothes and placing them in vacuum bags – just be mindful of weight. And if you are taking any delicate fabrics such as silk or cashmere, wrap them in tissue paper to protect them. Packing cubes can also be handy so you can separate different items and access them more quickly, especially if you are moving between hotels and won’t fully unpack each time. Another great tip is to fill dead space in your suitcase by rolling small items such as underwear, socks or t-shirts, and stuffing them into shoes and corners.
As well as packing cubes, ziplock bags can help you to organise a wide variety of packed items from electronics and cables to your phone charger, and any medication or vitamins you take regularly. Pack a few extra ones in case you need them coming home, or if the ones you use for taking liquids on the plane get damaged. Ziplock bags can also help prevent in-suitcase leaks from liquids such as shampoo or mouthwash, and for additional insurance you can add some cling film to each container before putting them in a bag. If you are travelling in economy, or even premium economy, it’s a good idea to weigh your luggage when you’re all packed, to avoid being charged unnecessary fees at the airport. Also make sure your carry on bag is within size limits, and on or below the stipulated weight. If either bag is close to the limit, remove a few items, in particular any heavy toiletries, and consider buying what you need at your destination. Finally, no matter how careful we are, even flying with a premium airline, sometimes bags go missing. Always pack valuables in your carry on bag, and if you really want to cautious, include a change of clothes and a few basic toiletries including a toothbrush and toothpaste, making sure each liquid is 100ml or less in size.