Whilst packing for a holiday can be exciting, it can also be a pain point for many. How do I fit this all into one suitcase? What should I take and not take? Have I packed too much? Have I not packed enough? How should I pack it? We’re sure all of these questions have come up before in your packing journey, so our team of experienced travellers have put together their best packing tips.
Whether you’re a pack the night before, or pack one month in advance kind of person, these little pieces of wisdom are sure to help you organise your suitcase.
START WITH THE LIST
There is nothing we like more than a quality checklist. Start your packing journey by jotting down everything you need to bring. Think about each days’ activities from start to finish to help make sure you don’t miss anything crucial. Once you’re done with the list, lay everything out and assess what you’ve come up with. More often than not you will have to cull half of it, so be prepared to make sacrifices.
FIND THE RIGHT BAG
Whilst your torn old faithful suitcase with a broken zipper may look like the best choice, consider putting it into retirement and have a look at some of the new luggage options available. Modern designs today can include segmented sections, compression straps, built-in locks and even trackers. Not only this, but suitcases are also being made lighter and lighter, saving you precious weight. Find something that is perfect for you and your needs.
THINK ABOUT YOUR FABRIC CHOICES
Unfortunately, not all clothes are designed for travel, so seek out the clothes that are going to work best for you. When selecting your outfit choices, find clothes that have material that doesn’t wrinkle or stain easily, dries quickly and stays fresh-smelling after several days. We love fashion, but sometimes practicality comes first.
FIND YOUR WINNING CLOTHING RATIO
Deciding how many shirts, pants and shoes are required for a holiday is often one of the more challenging parts of packing. There are several rules of thumb out there so find what works for you depending on where you are going and what you are doing. Some of the general ones we follow are:
- 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule
- For a week-long holiday, try and pack 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 pairs of pants or skirts, 4 shirts, 5 pairs of socks and 6 pairs of underwear.
- The 3:1 Ratio
- Pack 3 tops for every one bottom
TAKE A REALITY CHECK AND STICK TO THE BASICS
Unless you plan on an eat, pray, love life-changing experience, it is more than likely that your travel routine will follow your home routine, so keep this in mind when packing. If you don’t workout at home, then you probably won’t do so at the hotel gym. Pack what you will really wear and not what you think you might wear.
ROLL AND COMPRESS
It’s no secret that rolling your clothes is one of the best ways to save space and keep your suitcase organised to avoid manic rummaging. But do you know the best rolling technique? There are a fair few options out there so take a look at how to truly embrace the roll. Here’s a how to-video.
If you have puffy jackets, or other clothing items that take up space, an alternative is a compression or vacuum-sealed bag. You can purchase these at local department stores.
CONSOLIDATE AND BAG
For ultimate sorting, use packing cubes or smaller bags (even laundry bags), to separate your clothing types. This will help you find things a lot more easier and also prevent ruining all of that organising you did at the start of the trip. Save further space by consolidating your items. For example, stuff your socks into shoes or hats to avoid any wasted space.
Nobody enjoys that stale smell of clothes. Keep everything smelling fresh by placing dryer sheets in your suitcase.
TAKE NOTE OF THE WHEELS
When you have your suitcase laid out on the floor and start packing everything into it, it’s easy to overlook where the wheels are and what’s going to happen when you stand the bag up. Take note of this at the start and place all the heavier items near the wheels.
At the end of the day, remember the essentials – passport, wallet and phone – are the only absolutely crucial things required. Most items can be purchased wherever you are travelling, so carry the essentials with you and the rest will sort itself out.
If you need any more help organising your holiday, chat to our travel team today.