You’re smart, so you know the value of a good travel hacks list. If you are planning a trip in the near future, follow our guide for travel hacks for packing.
General travel hacks for packing
Avoid the dreaded checked baggage charge by packing like a pro. Follow these tips for neat clothes and nice souvenirs:
- If you are a frequent traveller or love the idea of taking a spontaneous holiday, keep a toiletry bag packed at all time and live out of it. This will make your packing process easier and prevent you from consistently purchasing expensive toiletries abroad.
- Save space by rolling clothes instead of folding them. Pro tip: after you have rolled your clothes, use air-compression plastic bags to squeeze the air out. Or, if you choose to fold your clothes, use tissue paper in-between to reduce wrinkling.
- Pack one colour scheme, and try to make sure it’s a dark one. This means all of your clothes will match and you won’t have to waste time putting together outfits. Dark colours also hide stains that may come from your luggage.
- Pack shoes foot-to-toe at the bottom of your suitcase (the end near the wheels) along with other heavy items. This will ensure that your bag is balanced and it won’t continuously tip over in the airport.
- Place a dryer sheet in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh throughout the trip and throw the hotel bar soap into your dirty laundry bag to mask the odour.
- Make your spaces work double duty when packing. Pill containers make great organizers for jewellery and glasses cases are perfect to hold chargers and cables. Use straws to carry travel-size portions of products like shampoo, conditioner, lotion or concealer and, if you are packing a hot curling iron or straightener, place it inside a pot holder to ensure none of your clothes burn. Use belts to line collars so they stay crisp and protect wine bottles with pool floatation devices.
- Stop buying new travel size products every time you fly. Rinse out the bottles from your last trip and refill them with your current products, or purchase small empty bottles and reuse them for each trip. These are usually sold in the same aisle as trial-size products. To prevent these bottles from leaking in your luggage, place plastic wrap over the bottle’s open top and seal it with the cap.
- Pack a few pairs of underpants in your carry-on. This way, if your luggage is lost or stolen, you have a few pairs of clean pants to get you through.
- Mark your baggage as fragile, even if it isn’t. This will ensure your luggage is kept at the top, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.
- Prepare a souvenir list ahead of time, and stick to it. This will save you money and give you an idea of how much space to leave in your suitcase. Know which presents are best to buy at the airport and which should be purchased in your travel destination.
- When unpacking on holiday, remove only the necessities from your luggage. Trying to unpack too much can make repacking a nightmare. Conversely, when returning home, unpack immediately so you don’t find yourself living out of a suitcase for months to come.
Read our other articles in the Smartest Travel Hacks series to make planning your next trip easy and enjoyable.