It doesn’t matter where you’re travelling to – packing a suitcases can be a bit of a nightmare if it’s not done properly. If you’re taking a long trip, you need to have a case large enough to hold all your items, and you need to ensure you take everything you need for the duration of the holiday. Shorter trips within one country are less stressful, but nonetheless, inadequate planning could mean extra problems and worries that you can do without. Here are some quick tips to help you pack your suitcase for whatever trip you’re taking this summer, whether it’s for business, leisure or another reason.
Make a list the week before
The week before you travel, make a list of everything that you need to take. Doing it a week before will ensure you have adequate time to buy anything you still need to get, and you can always make adjustments in the days leading up to your travel date.
Roll rather than fold
While some items might be better folded, such as men’s denim jackets, others are much better rolled up. This will save you so much space in your case, and is ideal if you’re trying to travel light or if you only have a limited amount of space in which to pack your things. You can also save space by putting underwear and smaller items inside your shoes.
Use dryer sheets
Dryer sheets or bags of scented pot pourri will keep your clothes smelling freshers while they’re packed and travelling with you. When you arrive at your destination, you can change your clothes or wear whatever you like without having to worry about them smelling after a long flight or train journey.
Keep liquids contained
One of the worst problems when travelling is opening your case at the other end and finding that your shampoo has spilled out onto your favourite clothes. Keeping your liquids contained will ensure no spillages occur, and if they do, they won’t get all over your clothes and shoes. You can put all your bottle in thick plastic bags properly tied closed, or buy ziplock bags and put all your individual bottles in a different one.
Weigh your luggage before flying
Most airlines have restrictions on how much luggage you can take, so it’s important that you weigh your luggage before you leave so that you don’t go over the weight limit. You should also measure your case to make sure it fits within all the limits, since planes, trains and coaches usually have a limit on how big your travel bags can be.
Take extra plastic bags
If you’re staying somewhere for more than a night or two, take a couple of extra plastic bags for laundry or anything else you might need to put in there. They won’t take up much space, and you’ll be glad of them if you find yourself in desperate need of extra storage compartments.