When was the last time you went on a holiday and your packing skills let you down. You forgot something essential, you packed a couple jumpers but arrived during a heat wave, or you had to leave those shoes you bought behind because the check in attendant just wouldn’t budge that extra kilogram. We’ve all been there so to simplify the packing process and ensure you have a wonderful holiday here is.
- Make a list
You are picking up your bags, walking to the front door and getting in the car when suddenly, “my toothbrush!” Making a packing list is great way to keep track of everything you have packed and you can keep adding items as you think of them.
- Don’t forget the first aid kit
You may never use this but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Don’t go crazy and being your whole medical supplied cupboard by some good things to bring include Band-Aids, painkillers, antiseptic ointment, medical tape, a medium bandage and a couple different dressings.
- Observe restrictions on baggage
Thinking you’ll be fine with those couple extra kilos in your suitcase is never a good idea to bank on. Be sure to check your airline provider’s website for all weight restrictions on check-in and hand luggage. Know exactly how much your bags weight and be aware of anything you add to them.
- Save bag space for all your holiday purchases
Doing a little bit of holiday shopping? Make sure to leave some space in your bag and even if you don’t think you’re going to buy anything on your trip away, always have a small allowance of extra weight and space you can allocate.
- Skip the shoes
Depending on how long you’re going away for, try to minimise the amount of shoes you pack. They’re usually quite large and can be the heaviest of your packed items so take only a couple pairs. Try packing a pair that is functional and comfortable and another that is dressy and special.
- All valuables go in hand luggage
Airlines rarely lose luggage nowadays but don’t take the risk. It can happen and some things are much more easily replaceable than others, so keep you most valuable possessions on your person and in your hand luggage.
- Don’t forget the adapters
If you’re headed over seas make sure these are at the top of your list when packing. Adaptors can be pricy at airports and hotels to be sure to get them before hand.
- Pack a spare set of clothes in your hand luggage
This is handy if you’re booked on a long flight and want to be fresh before you land or just in case your bags go missing for a couple hours. All you’ll need is single change of clothes that will fit well in your bag.
- Don’t predict the weather – check it
Rain, hail or shine you want to be prepared for what your foreign destination holds. Jump online and check the weather so that you can pack accordingly.
- Mini travel toiletries
These can be your best friend on long flights or short stays. You can pick up a pre made pack up from a few different retailers and chemists or get a zip-lock bag and create one yourself. Try to fill it up with mini bottles of cosmetics that you might need.