Imagine this. You and your significant other have been saving for a year for that European trip and you’ve just bought and paid for it! Three weeks of absolute bliss travelling around the continent. You start furiously planning what you’re going to pack and what you’ll need to buy so that you have the perfect outfit for every occasion.
However, when it’s time to put it all into the suitcase – and get it to close! – you’re stumped. How do you do this? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll give you a couple of pointers about how you can pack your suitcase perfectly.
Choose The Right Suitcase
The first thing that you need to do is you need to get the right suitcase. For example, if you’re going to be going to multiple locations, you need a more durable case – such as a hard one – with wheels as this will make it easier to transport around different locations.
Choose a lightweight case. If you use a heavy suitcase, you’ll find that you rack up excess baggage charges quite easily as even though you don’t pack more than you should in the suitcase the case itself will add on the extra kilos.
Be Hard On Yourself
You need to look at what you want to pack and then see if you need it. We suggest putting out what you think you’ll need and then ruthlessly editing your selection.
We also suggest quite a cool mantra to help you limit what you put into your suitcase – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. What this means is that for a holiday that’s a week-long you should pack:
- Five pairs of socks and undergarments
- Four tops
- Three bottoms
- Two pairs of shoes
- One hat
Fitting Everything In
To fit everything into your suitcase, fill every inch of space. For example, put your socks in your shoes and roll up your shirts and bottoms as this will allow you to fill more space. A great added benefit is that your clothes will have fewer crinkles when you get to the other side.
Also, a case with a hard exterior will not allow you to fit more things in it than you should and will prevent you from being lured into overpacking.
Toiletries Go On Top
Once you’ve fitted all your clothes into your suitcase, put your toiletries on top in a clear plastic bag as opposed to an opaque one. This is so that, according to frequent fliers, if you need to open your bag for authorities, you can easily show them what you have as opposed to needing to unpack anything.
As a final word, rather pack less than more. This will give you more time to play real money pokies and give you some extra packing space for those little treats that you buy yourself on holiday and peace of mind that your luggage won’t be overweight when you come home!