Learn how to be a smart suitcase packer with my top tips. Get the most out of your luggage before you go on holiday, so you'll have lots of room for those all-important holiday purchases on your way back!
Hope you enjoy them and don't forget, if you've got any tips you'd like to share then I'd love to read them in the comments below.
1. Shoes & Belts
Use your shoes and belts wisely when you pack! Don't waste all that space in your shoes - put items like chargers and wallets inside them. Going to a smart event like a party or wedding? Use your belt to keep that shirt collar stiff.
2. Wear Heavy Clothes
Don't waste luggage space with bulky clothes. Wear your heaviest outfit to and from your holiday destination - bulky shoes, coats and even hats. Who cares if you look stupid? You'll be able to fit more holiday tat in your suitcase on the way back home!
3. Pack Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are useful for many things:
- separating dirty clothes from clean clothes
- keeping shoes away from your clothes
- packing any souvenirs
- protecting any liquids
Pack a few plastic bags for your trip and you'll find they come in handy - plus, they don't take up much room do they?
4. Roll Clothes Instead Of Folding Them
Roll up your clothes in your suitcase, they take up less space AND they wrinkle less!
5. Ziplock Bags
Protect your luggage AND prevent any future accidents by using ziplock bags to carry any items that might leak. You can also use them for toothbrushes and toothpastes.
6. Fold Your Suit Jacket Correctly
Did you know if you fold your suit jacket inside out you can minimise wrinkles while you're travelling? For instructions of how to do this perfectly, check out the article How to pack a suit in a suitcase from BlackLapel.com.
7. Bulldog Clips & Your Razor
Travelling with an uncovered razor can be very dangerous, especially if you're hunting around for items in your suitcase without looking. Use a bulldog clip as a protective cover for your razor (and your fingers!). This will prevent it from scraping against other items in your suitcase too.
8. Protect Glass With Socks
Use a trusty ziplock bag and a sock to help keep glass fragrance bottles protected. Roll your bottle up into a ball and pack them somewhere in the middle of your suitcase so it doesn't get knocked from the outside.
Trying to find your black suitcase among all the other black suitcases at baggage reclaim? Time to personalise that luggage. Tie a bright ribbon around your suitcase, or go one step further and grab some fabric paint. If you've got a hard suitcase invest in some eye-catching stickers. This way you'll save time and get to start your holiday as quickly as possible!
Pretend you're holidaying to Lilliput and keep an eye out for freebies or splash out on miniature bottles for storing any make-up, moisturiser, shampoo and shower gel. If you want to spend a little, why not splash out on a miniature comb, brush, toothbrush and hair-dryer? Not only will they be super-cute to look at, but you can use the items again and again.
Happy holidays! If you've got any suggestions for Genius Holiday Hacks, we'd love to hear them, so get commenting below...