Learn how to be a smart suitcase packer with our top tips. Get the most out of your luggage before you go on holiday and 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. Begin by writing a packing list
Every good vacation should start with a packing checklist. No matter where you're going or how long for, write out exactly what you need on a piece of paper or in the notes on your phone. This way, you'll be able to keep track of what you have already got, and what you still need to get.
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 floppy 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. 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.
4. 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.
5. Pack some carrier bags
Here's what we like to use them for:
- Separating dirty clothes from clean clothes
- Keeping shoes away from your clothes
- Protecting souvenirs
- Leak-proofing liquids
- Trips to the local supermarket
Pack a few bags for your trip and you'll find they come in handy. They fold up pretty small too!
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?
7. Roll Clothes Instead Of Folding Them
How do you pack your clothes? If you fold them, you need to stop what you're doing!
Rolling your clothes is the best way to get them to your destination, wrinkle-free. You'll also find you can fit a lot more in your suitcase with the rolling method.
8. Ziplock Bags
Most hotels ask you to checkout by midday, so consider that some swimwear might still be damp too! Ziplock bags are the best way to keep in all of that excess moisture.
9. Protect your razor with a bulldog clip
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.
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!
Want to save money on holiday?
We know travel-sized toiletries can get expensive, so why not make your own? Purchase some containers from a pound shop - these are normally sold in a travel pouch - and fill them up with your favourite products.
Another great way to get miniatures for holiday is to hunt for freebies and samples. Head to the makeup counters and ask if they have any samples of your favourite foundations, mascaras and more! You might even get to try something new.
We'd also suggest investing in travel-friendly versions of hairbrushes, toothbrushes and hair dryers. The standard size might not seem that big, but combined they'll take a hefty chunk out of your weight allowance.
Happy travels! If you've got any suggestions for genius holiday hacks, we'd love to hear them. Get commenting below...