Spend less time packing and more time on leisure activities with these great packing tips!
Packing and organising can be a real hassle when going on holiday. We’re sure you know the scenario.. you're looking forward to a few days away but you know you have a lot to organise before heading out, whether that’s making sure you have enough clean clothes or checking you have booked the fabulous places you want to visit on your trip. And then there’s working out at the last minute what the best route is to get to your holiday destination!
By saving time packing and unpacking clothes you can free up time not just to get other things done ready to go - It also frees up time during your trip so that you can enjoy your holiday more!
Here are some packing tips to consider:
Fewer creases mean less hassle
Do you fold or roll your clothes up when packing? Folding clothes properly means that you don't have to worry about removing creases when you arrive at your destination. Why spend time removing clothes from suitcases and laying them out to remove creases when you could be visiting all the local wonderful attractions, right? I think we all agree on that!
Want to save on space? Tightly rolling clothes into compact bundles means items are packed tighter and more clothes can fit into a suitcase - and although it might cut down on creases, it can make clothes go more wrinkly. Rolling can be used on small items, especially those made of synthetic fabrics such as nylon, that are less likely to wrinkle. Suggested items to roll rather than fold include socks, shorts, pyjamas and synthetic t-shirts.
Folding clothes is quicker and is much neater, but we recommend only doing this for items that wrinkle easily such as cotton shirts, skirts and trousers. Make sure to fold items along their existing creases to avoid causing further creases or wrinkles.
Another idea is to use ‘bundle wrapping’. According to Ryn Gargulinski “Bundle wrapping is a technique that packs the clothes into one solid bundle that fits snugly into your suitcase. It is also a practice that will leave you with the fewest wrinkles and unwanted creases, especially for items such as dresses or skirts. The trick is to put the smallest and most wrinkle-resistant clothing on the inside of the bundle, surrounding it by layers of larger and more easily wrinkled garments”.
Packing based on days or events
When packing clothes, consider if there is a way to separate clothes based on your plans during your trip. If for example, you are planning to do outdoor activities such as countryside walks or trekking then you might have a suitcase containing thicker socks, gloves and other related items that you can keep in the boot of your car without needing to take the suitcase to your hotel room. Some of these items may get wet and muddy so you may not want to be mixing them with other clothes in your B&B or hotel room.
Similarly, if you are staying overnight in two different locations during your holiday, you might have a different suitcase for each place that you are staying at. This means that you don't need to bring two suitcases into your room and have to spend time unpacking both so that you can find the items you need. Items such as toiletries can be stored in a separate smaller bag.
Suction bag storage
Using suction bags to store your items of clothing is a great way to save space in your suitcase as it removes surplus air - and if you are really smart about packing then you can use those suction bags to separate items of clothing based on a daily basis (Monday, Tuesday etc).
If you pack clothes in suction bags using a different bag for each day then you don't need to spend time searching in a suitcase, trying to find the different items! (muttering under your breath 'I'm sure I packed that extra pair of socks here somewhere!').
How do you pack for your getaway?
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