HOW TO | Pack for a Holiday Like a Pro
Holiday: undoubtedly one of the finest words in the English language. Seven simple letters that signify a well-deserved chance to leave adult life behind, wallow in pools, sip exotic cocktails and relax mind, body and soul.
‘Relax’ being the operative word, it does seem a little counterintuitive to begin a holiday in the manner that has become somewhat customary. That is, by wrestling a towering pile of clothes into a battered old suitcase at 5am, finding out at the check-in desk that it’s overweight and, finally, arriving at your hotel only to discover you’ve forgotten half of the things you actually need.
The key to avoiding this common series of unfortunate events lies in streamlining your holiday packing. That means planning, preparation and, perhaps most importantly, having the right tools at your disposal. Here’s everything you need to know, from what luggage to take, to the accessories that’ll help take the sting out of getting it there.
Step 1: Pick the Right Gear
Packing like a pro starts with picking the perfect vessel for your holiday essentials. Think about where you’re going, how much room you’ll need and how much time you’re going to spend carting it around.
There’s nothing worse than lugging around a heavy case when it’s not needed, or the inverse, having too little space in your luggage. Going on holiday can often bring stress, so the choice of luggage should make the trip easier and give you peace of mind.
Some tried and tested options include:
- Hard shell suitcase
- Cabin case
- Duffel Bag
Step 2: Stock up on Packing Accessories
Small toiletries bags, laundry bags, packing cubes, travel bottles and show bags are the accessories you didn’t know you needed but will make your packing a hundred times easier. Thank us later…
Step 3: Learn to Pack Like a Pro
Invest in luggage that is built to last. When it comes to actually packing, roll don’t fold. This method works really well as it allows you to fill gaps between awkwardly shaped items like shoes. Socks and underwear rolled and stuffed also keep your shoes or boots in shape.
Lastly, streamline the packing process by figuring out individual outfits and their components before you begin filling your suitcase. Think about beach days, evenings out and the odd fancy dinner in a nice restaurant to get a better idea of the sort of clothes you’ll need. By planning what you will wear ahead of time you will be able to pack less and have more of what you need.
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