Adventures Of A Lifetime Begin With A WELL PACKED BAG
You’ve read list after list of what to pack, but what about how to pack? We all dread trying to fit our entire wardrobe into a suitcase that seems to have shrunk since the last time we used it. Then, once you get to your destination, it’s a puzzle to dig through your bag for tonight’s outfit while keeping clothes organised and wrinkle-free. Here are some insider tips and a few great products that will make packing your luggage a breeze.
1. Roll, don’t fold
Any travel expert would agree that rolling is superior to folding. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones. Plus, they’re less prone to getting deep wrinkles from fold creases. Expert packers say to pack in outfits—two tops for every bottom, neutrals that mix and match, and only two or three pairs of shoes. Ballet flats are our favourite travel shoe as they can easily be worn from day to night, and can easily fold up to fit in your purse.
2. Make a packing list
When it comes to packing, procrastinators fall short. Start your packing process at least a couple of days prior to your departure date; this gives you time to craft a complete list, plus purchase any additional items you might need for your vacation. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever forget to bring something important.
3. Know your airline’s baggage fee policy
Before you begin packing, take a peek at your airline’s website and read its baggage policy. This is something you might even want to do prior to buying your plane ticket, especially if you’re set on bringing a checked bag or two.
4. Follow the 3-1-1 rule
When packing toiletries start by protecting them from exploding in your bag by cutting a small square of plastic wrap, unscrewing the cap, and placing it over the bottle opening before screwing back on the lid. If you’re using reusable plastic bottles for your favourite products, make sure you only fill them three-quarters full since the cargo area is not pressurised and liquids expand in-flight.
Pro Tip: Two-in-one shampoo conditioner combos help save space, and travel-size dry shampoo is a must-have.
5. Use your personal item wisely
It’s standard for airlines to permit each traveller to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard planes. Make sure you pack jewellery, some panadol, your headphones and any other wires and chargers in little containers and store them in the nooks and crannies of your bag. Be sure to tie the wires so that they don’t get jumbled or store them in an old sunglass case.
Pro Tip: Bring a larger tote bag that you can stash under the seat and will end up giving you extra storage space.
6. Pack dual-purpose garments
If it’s two-in-one, it’s one less thing to pack. Dual-purpose items, such as pants that turn into shorts or a jacket that turns into a travel pillow are worth their weight in airline baggage fees. Set aside your heaviest shoes and bulkiest outfit or outerwear and be sure to wear them on the plane. Stuff your shoes with socks, underwear and belts.
Pro Tip: Use plastic bags to cover dirty shoe soles before you layer in the bottom.
7. Never check-IN essential items
It’s terribly important to keep your valuable and essential belongings in your carry-on bag, not in your checked luggage. Your passport, identification, money, credit cards, jewellery, electronics, and other valuables should always be brought onto the plane with you. We probably don’t need to tell you why you need to keep your passport and wallet on your person.