You’re always desperate for a shower, the tube smells even more than normal, and your fan’s been on for 105 consecutive hours. Summer’s definitely here. For the lucky few who are managing to escape the sticky and humid heat of the UK, we’ve put together our best tips to help deal with the stress of packing. More specifically, fitting everything into just your hand luggage. There’s nothing worse than having to pay extra because your suitcase is 0.2kg over the limit, or constantly battling with the reclaim belt. And what you save by not checking luggage, you can use to have even more fun when you’re away. Win, win!
1. BE PREPARED
Everyone’s prone to packing-procrastination, don’t deny it! Before you know it, you need to leave for the airport in an hour and everything’s still covering your bed. All you need to do is plan properly – make a good old-fashioned list on pen and paper, and tick everything off as you go. Launder early, find the travel adapter in advance, you’ll be fine.
2. PLANE AND SIMPLE
No one cares what you look like at the airport. Trust us. It’s the security line, not fashion week! Everyone just wants to get on a plane and get out of there, so when it comes to your travel outfit, practicality is key. Wear your comfiest and bulkiest clothes to travel – not only will you save space in your bag, but your skinny jeans won’t be cutting off your circulation for 3+ hours. Opt for a simple tee, loose trousers, and comfy trainers. You’ll thank us later!
3. ROLL IT UP
Now for the big one: the rest of your clothes. Lightweight materials like satin and viscose are your best friends here – they take up the least amount of room and it’s super easy to get the creases out. A couple of camis, a lightweight skirt or shorts for the day, and a dress or two for dinner is all you need! A bikini and a swimsuit to swap between and you’re set. Roll rather than fold your clothes to save even more space!
4. SAMPLES, SAMPLES, SAMPLES
We’ve all been there – trying to ram our countless liquids and potions into a tiny sandwich bag, just for them to explode mid-flight. But what’s the one thing you’re sure to never leave the hotel without? Samples. In fact, your hotel probably has tonnes of things that you didn’t know about; chargers, toothbrushes, tampons, everything! You can save so much space in your hand luggage if you just wait till you get to your room! But if you’re a stickler for skincare and want to stay hydrated during the flight, a simple facemask will do the trick!
And there you have it; our top tips to pack everything into your hand luggage! Not as difficult as you first thought, right? Now stop trying to drag the dusty suitcases out of the loft – you’ve got a holiday to get excited for!
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