Tips On Packing For Your Next Holiday

If you are getting ready to go on your next holiday, you will no doubt be feeling incredibly excited. Most of us save up all year so that we can enjoy a relaxing and fun vacation. However, one thing that certainly isn’t a lot of fun is packing your suitcase! Are you the type of person that is organized and has their suitcase packed and ready a week before? Or, are you the type of person that throws everything in their case at the last minute, gets charged because it is too heavy, and then arrives at their destination to discover they have 20 T-shirts and no shorts? If you fall into the latter camp, you should definitely find the tips below useful…
Find out the weight allowance for your flight first – Before you start packing, it is important to find out the weight allowance for your flight. A lot of people assume that all airlines follow a 20 kg per suitcase rule, but this is not the case. Some airlines will give you a bit more, but there are then those that will charge you for anything over 15 kg, so you do really need to be mindful of this. You should consider purchasing one of those lightweight suitcases so you can really keep the kilos down. After all, a lot of the weight allowance is often used on the suitcase itself. Moreover, if you do decide to pay for an extra suitcase because you have a lot of belongings, do not assume that you will get extra kg with this. In fact, let’s say your kg allowance is 20 kg, and you decide to add another suitcase, this will usually only mean that you now have two cases to split the 20 kg between, rather than an allowance of 40 kg. You actually need to pay for the extra weight on top of the added suitcases in most cases. It all sounds a bit confusing, right? That is why it is so important to check out the specific terms for your airline. Give the customer services department a call if you are unsure.

Always use a packing list – One you know the weight allowance for your flight, you should then put together a packing list for all of the things you are going to need for your holiday. This will make sure that you do not forget anything important. Don’t forget to add travel adapter plugs to the list if you are flying outside of the U.S.
Wear your bulkiest items of clothing on the plane – While it is not a good idea to put on ten layers of clothing for your flight, as one or two people have been known to do, you should wear your bulkiest items of clothing. If you have a thick jumper or you are taking a coat with you, don’t put it in your suitcase, you are only going to be wasting valuable space.
Make sure anything you take for the pool or watersports is inflatable - Aside from your clothes, gadgets and other essentials, you may want to take a few things with you for some extra fun. Of course, you can probably buy a lilo from any good hotel around the world. But, you may be interested in taking something so that you can have a bit of fun in the sea, such as a paddleboard? Whenever possible, you should always go down the inflatable route. You can see some of the best inflatable options here. This way, you will keep your weight allowance down, and you won’t need to put the item on as an extra piece of baggage.
Roll your clothes – This is a little tip that is going to save you a lot of space. By rolling your clothes instead of folding them, you are going to be able to fit way more into your suitcase.
Avoid wrinkles by using tissue paper – A lot of people swear by this little trick. Once you have rolled your clothes, you should then roll them in a layer of tissue paper before putting them into your suitcase. This is said to minimize wrinkles because it reduces the amount of pressure and friction.
Keep your liquids in a separate bag – This may sound like an obvious point, but you would be surprised by how many people throw in their shampoo and conditioner at the last minute and then they are horrified to find it has exploded everywhere. You need to keep your toiletries in a separate bag, and you need to make sure this is a bag that is going to be able to contain any mid-flight explosions.
Always leave a little bit of space – Last but not least, always leave a little bit of space in your suitcase – both in terms of weight allowance and in terms of physical space. Most people end up coming back with more than what they went on holiday with. It is likely you are going to be bringing at least one souvenir back with you after all!
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for packing success! If you follow the tips that have been provided, you should ensure that you have everything you need for your next trip while staying within the weight restrictions the airline has placed on you. After all, no one wants to start off their vacation with extra baggage charges, do they?


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