There are two types of travellers in this world. The first, is the person who chucks everything in a suitcase and hopes for the best. The other, is the preparation guru, who will use every trick under the sun to ensure they know where every item in their luggage is to a precise co-ordinate.
Suffice to say, today’s article is targeting the former. With airlines becoming increasingly stricter with their baggage requirements, even the more disorganised travellers need to take this topic a little more seriously.
Let’s now dive into several of the best ways you can pack more efficiently ahead of your next trip.
Roll your clothes
This is a tried and tested packing method that can save you a lot of space in your luggage. Rolling your clothes instead of folding them will help them to take up less room and avoid any nasty creases.
Pack heavier items on the bottom
Another suggestion is packing heavier items on the bottom, which will help to create a layer of stability. This will stop your clothes from toppling over and becoming crumpled; the worst-case scenario is when you’re pulled over by a random customs check and need to open up your luggage.
Bring a laundry bag
This next tip isn’t really going to make much difference for your flight out, but it most certainly will when you’re heading home. A laundry bag doesn’t have to be anything designer-esque, a plastic bag will generally suffice. It will mean that you can separate everything accordingly and save yourself plenty of washing chores as you reach home.
Label your luggage
This is more of a way to safeguard against the worst scenarios. It’s not unheard of for luggage to get lost, which is one of the reasons why travel insurance is such a necessity nowadays. By also labelling your luggage, you can further mitigate the risk, and ensure things get off to the best possible start.
Bring a travel-sized toiletry bag
There’s nothing worse than landing at your destination and realizing that your clothes are covered in toothpaste stains. Even though it might take a little room, always try and bring a toiletry bag. It will make life much easier.
Use a vacuum-sealed bag
If you’re looking to pack even more efficiently, using a vacuum-sealed bag can be a great option. The basis of these contraptions is that your luggage will no longer be consumed by empty space. A vacuum bag ensures everything is as snug as can be and while this won’t help with any weight restrictions the airlines may impose, it might mean that you can use a slightly smaller case.
Travel in as many clothes as possible
OK, this final suggestion can get out of hand if you’re not careful – and there have been plenty of stories of incidents like this appearing in the news.
However, if possible, travel in as many bulky clothes as you can. Shoes are the obvious contender here, and if you have a huge pair of boots, it goes without saying that these are going to be more efficient on your feet rather than taking up space in your luggage. The list can well and truly go on but think twice about your departure outfit.