Summer holiday checklist for effortless packing
Travelling is unique, in that it can be one of the most relaxing things we do, and at times, one of the most stressful. For some it’s a walk in the park, from packing, to queuing and boarding the plane; for others, it’s a whirlwind of wild panic from start to finish. Should your holiday plans include actually being clothed, we recommend that you follow some of these steps to ensure that you pack everything you need (and steer clear of trying to sneak in those stiletto heels you will most probably not be wearing).
- Before You Pack
Before you actually put anything into your suitcase, check what the weather’s going to be like at your destination of choice for the time of year that you’re heading over there, as this will give you a general idea about the clothes you should be packing.
TOP TIP! Wearing layers is optimal for any climate, as you can add more if you get cold, or take off a layer or two if you’re too warm.
- Make a List
Try to plan ahead and sort out what you’ll be wearing for each day that you’re gone and remember that the clothes in which you travel count as one of the outfits. Choosing items that mix and match is a smart idea. Once you’ve sorted out exactly what you’re going to wear, write it all down on a sheet of paper. This way you’ll be certain not to forget a vital item
TOP TIP! Always, always have an extra set of clothes in your carry-on luggage. Always. You never know when/if your luggage will be misplaced, and you don’t want to be stuck in your traveling clothes until the rest of it shows up.
- Bottoms First
Next, your shoes and heavy/bulky items such as hairdryers and extra handbags should be placed at the bottom of your luggage.
TOP TIP! Your shoes, boots, and packed purses are ideal spots to carry smaller items within. Tuck jewellery, socks, gloves, belts, extra glasses, etc. into these to maximize space.
- Fold ‘Em Up
When you’re packing and placed your shoes at the bottom, you cannot simply just roll your garments as many YouTube videos will have you believe. Items that are folded lay nice and flat. The first layer atop your shoes and such should be those of the thickest fabrics: jeans, khakis, woollen skirts, jackets, and sweaters. As you pack these, leave a small gap right in the centre of the suitcase—this is where you’re going to nest your toiletry bag.
- Personal Care Products
Fragile items and toiletries should be placed in a padded fabric case and kept in the centre of your luggage, so they’re buffered by all of your clothes. Small bottles of perfume or cologne should be kept in zip-able freezer bags just in case they leak - you don’t want to reek of your favourite scent the whole time you’re traveling.
- The Upper Layer
The very top layer of your luggage should be comprised of lightweight, delicate fabrics that are prone to wrinkling, such as thin cotton, linen, satin, and silk. If you want to be super careful, items like silk shirts/blouses, etc. may be packed in a garment bag.
TOP TIP! Be sure to take a copy of the list you made with you so that you can cross things off again on your return trip - you don’t want to leave anything behind in your hotel room.
Following these guidelines will pave the way for a fuss-free packing experience these holidays. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and month as we share more insider knowledge about streamlining everyday lifestyle experiences.