Travel Packing Tips
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Today I am going to tell you my favourite packing tips which enable me to travel light and to not over pack.
Tip Number One
Before you pack, lay out all of the items you want to take with you and then eliminate one-third of these items; this will help you not to over pack.
Tip Number Two
First place your shoes inside your case and then pad them up with: socks, underwear or tights.
Always place your shoes at the bottom of the case as they are quite heavy and, if they are placed at the top of the suitcase as this will make the case topple over.
Tip Number Three
Once you have placed your shoes in, roll up t-shirts or anything soft to pad around them and make sure you always fill gaps. You could use packing cubes to organise your suitcase to make it easier to unpack when you arrive at your destination.
Tip Number Four
If traveling with cabin luggage or checked-in luggage, you should pack miniature products to enable you to have more space to purchase items down route. You can purchase mini items from Wilko and many other retailers. Always double zip lock bag your toiletries to minimise spills inside your case.
Tip Number Five
If you are going to a destination where you know you will be purchasing many items, I recommend packing a foldable tote or shopper bag to enable you to bring more home. You can get bags that fold up or ones that have great designs.
Tip Number Six
If you are going to a 'all inclusive' destination or a beach destination, you should pack your swimming costume in your carry on bag to enable you to have a swift change at your destination.
Tip Number Seven
If you have a blazer to pack, you should turn your blazer inside out to keep its shape. Remember not to turn the sleeves inside out as they may not keep shape.
Tip Number Eight
If you are using a hard case place your camera or delicate items in the centre surrounded by shirts and other items to protect them. If you are using a soft case remember to extra protect delicate items as the case can sometimes come out of shape; especially in the hold!
And finally, remember these simple packing tips for the :
- Place money, valuables and important travel documents in your hand baggage.
- If you need to take medication, including liquid medication or syringes, pack it in your hand baggage too (if possible, in its original packaging). To avoid delays at airport security, also take a prescription or supporting letter from your doctor that confirms it is prescribed to you.
- Follow guidelines on carrying liquids, gels, aerosols, foods or other restricted items.
- Charge any electrical or battery-powered devices such as phones, tablets, e-books and laptops. Airport security might ask you to switch them on.
I recommend using hard shell luggage as it can keep items safe and secure due to TSA locks and built in locks. They can also retain shape if needed to be placed in the hold on over crowded flights.