When it comes to packing, the decisions can be nigh-on impossible. What’s more important, your massive bottle of factor 50 or those high-heels you’re sure you can’t live without? Can you get away with just three pairs of underwear? In your heart of hearts, you know you’re probably not going to need your flip-flops for your three day business trip to Cologne, but hey, who can predict the weather?
Enter our best hacks for smart packing. Cut out all that excess weight without sacrificing those all-important home comforts – we promise, it really is possible.
All good packing starts with a list. No matter if it’s an organisational work of art or hastily scrawled on your phone the morning before you fly, there’s no better way to avoid airport – or fashion – disasters. Plus, it’ll be a lifesaver when it comes to checking you’ve got everything with you on your way back.
When packing light you need items you can really make the most of. Tablets can take the place of bulky books, as well as providing a way to contact home, while cotton bags can work as a way to separate your shoes on the way out and as a washing bag while you’re there.
Pick out what you want then cut it in half, goes the experienced traveller’s rule of thumb. Layers, complementary colours and accessories galore work wonders for staying stylish without the extra baggage – never underestimate the transformative power of a scarf.
If cutting down just really isn’t your thing, vacuum bags might just be the miracle you’ve been looking for. While they may not bring down weight, there’s no better way to cram in that winter coat – and maybe a couple of extra pairs of shoes while we’re at it too. Take space-efficiency a step further with a vacuum-packing suitcase.
Planning on going full-on shopaholic on your trip? Pack light and stow another, smaller suitcase or foldaway bag in your main suitcase for a hassle-free way to bring back all your souvenirs。
Whether it’s socks in bra cups or belts coiled in shirt collars, the best packers don’t let an inch of space go to waste. Shoes are a goldmine too, providing valuable space for storing anything from socks to toiletries.
It’s an oldie but a goodie – bundle your clothes together with elastic bands for a wrinkle-free way to pack light. You’ll end up with space you never even knew you had.
There’s no better way to bust your weight limit than lugging family-size bottles of conditioner halfway across the world. While it can be tempting to empty your makeup bag straight into your suitcase, it’s well worth asking yourself just how many shades of eyeshadow one person can wear in five days away. Besides – you’re on holiday, who’s going to be there to see?
From hair pins in a Tic-Tac box, to toiletries in contact lenses there are countless sneaky ways to squeeze your last few items in. Check out some of the best ideas here.
As you zip up your perfectly packed suitcase, think day-to-day and head-to-toe to check there’s nothing you’re missing. Some say this is the time for one last cull- we say just stand back and admire your handiwork.
Originally written and published by Ruby Osman.