7 steps to help you pack your travel bags like a pro


You pack your entire wardrobe, making sure to cover every possible dress code and weather situation and end up schlepping those heavy bags for no reason, because you only wore half of what you packed…sound familiar? 

Whether you are an over or under packer, we’ve got seven tips to help you master the art of packing for every situation without taking everything but the kitchen sink. 

Ready, set, start packing:

  1. Check the weather: Have a look at the weather forecast so that you have a good idea of what type of clothes you should be taking. Now, plan your outfits – choose clothes that are versatile and can be mixed and matched.
  2. Be savvy with your shoes: We know it’s not easy, but you need to limit the number of shoes you pack, because they take up so much space. Take a pair for walking, one pair for the beach or around the pool, and another pair for dressier occasions.
  3. Roll, don’t fold: Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can help you to free up space in your luggage and stop them from wrinkling.
  4. Decant your toiletries: Travel size toiletries save space, so decanter large bottles of lotion and shampoo into smaller bottles (enough for your stay) and save yourself the chore of finding space in your bag for a bulky toiletry bag. Also, only bring what you know you are going to use.
  5. Limit the electronics: Be sure to only pack the chargers and electronics you are going to use. If you can share chargers with other members of the family, there may not be a need to pack one for everyone. Universal chargers are a good idea too.
  6. Convenient washing: Check if your accommodation allows you to do a load of washing. If so, forget about lugging a bag of washing powder or liquid with you. We love travelling with Personal Touch Washing Powder Sheets as the A5-sized box contains eighteen sheets, and it weighs only 90g. 

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  7. Start editing: Once you have decided what you want to pack, lay it all out and do an edit. You may still find unnecessary extras that can be removed before packing.