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Top tips for packing for a holiday

Published April 11th, 2012

Packing a suitcase can come down to a fine art. Folding, rolling, tucking and shoving all have their merits, but these aren't the only techniques that go into packing a winning bag. Whether your hopelessly disorganised or unsure how to tackle your holiday baggage, make sure you take note of these helpful tips before packing for your holiday.

 

Don't leave it to the last minute

If you've ever seen Home Alone you'll know all too well that packing your bags and leaving for the airport at the last minute is never a good idea. Pack the night before, leave your toothbrush and the clothes you are going to wear on the plane out and make sure you have plenty of time to get to the airport. Oh and if your travelling with a small kid named Kevin, please for the love of blockbuster movies - don't leave him behind!

 

Make a list

Writing up a packing list will help you keep focussed and ensure you take all of the essentials with you. If your backpacking, just think of the basics you'll need and don't forget all of your travel information including your passport. Oh and underwear. Don't forget underwear.

 

Packing TipsRoll instead of fold

Instead of folding your clothes, save space by rolling them up and tucking them into your suitcase. Backpacking pros swear by the rolling method. 60% of the time it works every time.

 

Keep your coat on

If your travelling to a colder climate, save packing your bulky coat into your suitcase and wear it on the plane instead. Not only will you save heaps of room in your suitcase but your jacket can also double as an in-flight blanket.

 

Keep it handy

Its always a good idea to pack a change of clothes in your hand luggage, as well as your toothbrush and toiletries. Don't forget that if you are travelling internationally you must abide by the restrictions on liquids aerosols and gels. 

 

Leave room for more

When travelling, it's always good to be prepared - but not too prepared. Take out the items you can easily do without and always make sure you have some room left over to bring home souvenirs from your trip.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.