Top Tips on How to Pack Correctly for Your Holidays02/06/2017
There is nothing more rewarding than going off on holiday, visiting different countries, exploring new destinations and getting to experience first-hand the local cultures and traditions. With it being the bank holiday weekend in Ireland this weekend a lot of us are heading off for an extra-long weekend break or some of us might be lucky enough to have got a few extra days annual leave and are jetting off for the week.
For a lot of us the only down side of going on holiday is packing, it’s always difficult to know what to pack and what to leave at home. One of the most common mistakes we all make is over packing. How often do we come back from holidays with items in the suitcase that were never worn? We here at VOYA thought we would give you some tips on how to pack lightly to help you reduce stress and save some money on overweight baggage charges.
12 Steps Preparation Tips for Success:
- It’s worth investing in a lightweight suitcase this will allow you to pack that little bit extra.
- Buy toiletries when you get there often shampoo conditioner shower gel etc can weigh very heavy, these can easily be picked up when you arrive at your destination.
- Make a travel checklist, passport, toothbrush, sunglasses etc, this prevents leaving necessities behind.
- Label your suitcase carefully with luggage tags and make sure you give it a bit of a makeover so you can easily identify it when you arrive.
- The majority of accommodation outlets will provide you with towels for the duration of your trip, not bringing towels can save a lot of space in a suitcase and if not beach towels can easily be bought at the destination.
- In addition to a carry-on bag, airlines now allow you to bring a handbag. A small backpack, is worth investing in as they hold a lot more and can fit easily under the seat in front of you.
- Slim down your makeup bag only taking what you need. One mascara & one eye shadow pallet is enough. It’s amazing how much smaller the bag becomes.
- Forget about those “just in case” items if you do end up needing them on holiday you can always buy them at the destination.
- Get a plug extender or a USB charge port so you only need cords and aren’t lugging around extra plugs.
- By downloading the correct apps to your phone this can be the only gadget you need to bring. Your phone, can double up as a reading device, iPod and a camera.
- Sometimes bags go missing. Make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage and always pack a spare change of clothes in your hand luggage just in case.
- Wear your heaviest clothes and shoes on the flight.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes
- Be ruthless with your clothes, only take whatever clothes you think you’re going to need. If you are going to a hot destination you will be spending the majority of your time in your swimwear.
- Try on all your outfits before you pack them, make sure you are comfortable in them before you leave the house, otherwise you won’t wear them.
- Avoid too many accessories, again if you are going on a sun holiday you will be removing chains, rings and watches in an attempt to get an all over tan.
- For the ladies, think little black dress. If there are a couple of nights out, save space by wearing the same dress twice with different scarves, shawls, jewellery or other accessories.
- Bring tops that can be dressed up or down. We all have them versatile tops that can be worn with a skirt for dinner but looks equally as well with a pair of shorts for the sightseeing trip the next day.
- Bring a plain coloured comfortable pair of shorts that can go with a variety of tops.
- Invest in a multi-coloured skirt which can be worn with different coloured vests this slightly more dressy outfit is ideal for going out in the evenings.
- Limit yourself to two pairs of shoes three at a stretch, remember on holidays there is always a lot of walking, reconsider the high heels and make sure the shoes you pack are comfortable.
- Invest in a Sarong, practice a few different ties, sarongs are so versatile they can be used as a dress over your swim wear and also are ideal as a towel when you come out of the water.
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them you not only are you maximising space but it is also a good way to minimise wrinkles.
Don’t Forget These Last Minute Tips
- Here’s a helpful tip for the ladies makeup bag. To prevent your pressed powder, bronzer or eye shadow from cracking during your flight, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid.
- A great place to hide your money while sun bathing in an empty sun tan lotion container.
- If you are travelling with liquids, take the lids off the liquid bottles and add a layer of cling-film to the neck of the bottle, this will avoid spillage.
- Did you know that you can charge your USB gadgets through the majority of TV’s found in hotel rooms?