Whether you're packing for a weekend city break, a two-week beach holiday, or a trip of a life time, these are all of the tips you'll ever need for stress-free packing.
Take our advice and start your holiday happier! How to organise your packing:
Roll and vacuum pack
Don't arrive at your destination and be faced with a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags.
To use these bags, put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out. This will leave you with lots more space in your suitcase and will prevent creases more effectively than folding.
Buy a lightweight suitcase
Don't assume that buying the most expensive designer suitcase will get you an upgrade - instead, it's more likely to attract thieves at the airport and on your travels. It's better to be inconspicuous and go for a lightweight option. If you're using a hard-shell suitcase, this can add up to five kilos of weight before you've even started packing.
Don’t forget your paperwork
Before your trip, make photocopies and/or take photos of your documents (front and back) to pack along or leave with someone at home to email to you in case of an emergency.
Don't photocopy a debit or credit card — instead, keep just the number in a retrievable place. It's easier to replace a lost or stolen passport, rail pass, or car-rental voucher if you have a photocopy that helps prove you really owned what you lost.
Consider bringing a couple extra passport-type pictures, which can expedite the replacement process for a lost or stolen passport.
Comfy walking shoes
Walking is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to take in a new city. On foot, you can spot the details that bring a destination to life. There’s no quicker way to shatter the magic of these immersive cultural experiences than an uncomfortable pair of shoes.
Stock up on your meds
If you have pre-existing medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems, it is very likely that you will have to take prescription medication with you so it's smart to make a copy of prescriptions for eyewear and medicine before you set off.
Wherever you are headed, you’re going to have great time! Just make sure you think through your list of activities beforehand so that you’re able to bring everything you need and pick the right luggage. And remember, you are travelling in another country so it’s always great to remember these things:
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