7 Packing Tips to Make Managing Luggage Restrictions a Breeze
Every time you go on holiday you face the same dilemma: what’s the best way to pack a suitcase and keep within the luggage restrictions? What should you bring? What should you leave behind?
You have to travel light if you don’t want to get hit with baggage charges at the check-in desk. But don’t let little challenges of travel like packing light faze you. Here are a few travel packing tips from us, so that you can still fit all those souvenirs into your luggage when you make that return journey.
1. Bring a small bag
The bigger your bag is, the more you’ll actually feel tempted to pack! Before you know it, you will have the proverbial kitchen sink in your luggage! Resist this temptation by opting for a small carry-on bag for your flight, so that you have no choice but to pack light. You should be able to place your baggage in the overhead compartment of the plane without having to ram it in.
2. Use a packing list
Don’t just throw everything together in your suitcase at the last minute. Instead, write a packing list of the items you need – and then analyse the list. Planning your travel well will save you many a holiday headache! If you are going away on a weekend break but have packed enough items to last a fortnight, be realistic and take out what you’re not going to use.
3. Pack versatile clothing
Draw upon your fashion know-how with this excellent travel packing tip. Pack clothes that allow you to mix and match. Cut down on bottoms and choose a few shirts, blouses and tops that work well with them. You can even bring just a few outfits and use a launderette at your travel destination.
4. Wear your heaviest clothes to the airport
This is a clever way to travel light and avoid a packing charge. Wear heavier items like jumpers and jeans to the airport. This applies to items which you don’t really need to pack in your suitcase, such as hats, gloves or scarves.
5. Pack fewer toiletries
Only pack the more personal toiletries. You can buy items like razors and deodorants when you reach your destination. If you’re staying in a hotel, you’ll likely find items like soap, shower gel and shampoo in your room.
6. Make the most of all-inclusive accommodation
Another way to pack light is to avoid loading up on things like towels, hair dryers, and travel irons if you’re staying in a hotel on an all inclusive holiday. Hotels usually provide these items. Check what facilities your hotel offers for children as well, so that you don’t pack unnecessary items.
7. Minimise the technology
Cut down on the number of chargers and electronic devices you pack. Think about functionality. Laptops take up space – and can push you over the luggage allowance weight – so why not bring an iPad or another tablet instead?
Mobile phones can perform many of the functions that a tablet can, so maybe you can just bring your phone with you. Note, too, that some modern devices switch charges automatically. If you have a device that relies on one specific charge, consider leaving it at home.
Follow these travel packing tips and you won’t have to worry about the weight of your suitcase when you check in. And you’ll be able to bring it all back with you, plus a little bit extra from your travels!
Do you have any brilliant travel packing tips? Share the wisdom below!