Picture the scene. You’ve been saving for months, and you’ve finally done it. You’ve called the travel agent and booked the holiday of your dreams. The hotel’s perfect, all your travel plans are in place, and you’ve organised an awesome itinerary. But there’s one thing that’s worrying you. One aspect of preparing for your holiday that feels you with dread – deciding what to pack. If you’re one of people for whom the idea of packing fills with dread, then you’re not alone. So, to save yourself time and stress, and to preserve your sanity, we’ve compiled some top tips to make packing a breeze…
Pack Essentials that can be Mixed and Matched
If you’re a person who has a tendency to over-pack, it’s time for a reality check. The simple fact is that you can’t take everything with you. And even if you could, you don’t want to spend the whole two weeks of your holiday digging things out of an over-flowing suitcase. The trick is to pack a few key pieces that can be mixed and matched. You can create new looks and outfits simply by styling with different accessories. So, set yourself a clothes limit and stick to it! Two of everything should easily see you through for two weeks, without you having to wear the same old thing every day.
Roll Up Socks and Stick Them in Your Shoes
This tip is ‘an oldie, but a goodie’. If you find that even when packing lightly you struggle to find enough packing space, this is a good tip for you. When rolled up, socks can be quite bulky and take up a lot of space in a suitcase. By sticking them in your shoes, you can create more space for other essentials.
Invest in a Good Suitcase/Travel Bag
How much you’re able to pack largely depends on the suitcase or travel bag you use. So, it’s wise to take your time in order to pick one that’s best suited to your needs. If it means spending a little extra money, it’s worth the investment. A good quality travel bag, like those available in the Shinola collection, offers style as well as durability. Whilst it’s tempting to go for a cheaper option, in the hope of ‘snagging a bargain’, this is actually somewhat of a false economy. A bag that’s built to last is going to save you far more money in the long-term.
This one might just be our favourite tip of all! It’s so simple, but so effective when it comes to saving space in your suitcase. Vacuum packs are inexpensive to buy and incredibly easy to use. They allow you to pack double the amount of clothes in less time than it takes to get a suntan!
The thing to remember when going on holiday is that you don’t need to pack the kitchen sink. A few well-picked pieces are all you need. The less time you spend packing and unpacking means you can dedicate more time to having the holiday of your dreams!