We’re counting down to the school holidays at the end of July so now is the perfect time to start preparing for your packing (yes the earlier the better!). When it comes to traveling, proper packing is crucial for a hassle-free experience. Organising and optimising luggage space can save you time, stress, and money. I usually start packing a week before my trip so I don’t forget anything. If you’d like any help with organisation for an easier life, get in touch with me here.
Here’s a few pointers on holiday packing:
Essential Items Checklist
- I love to have a standard packing list that I refer to when I travel which includes the must-have items for my trip. I think we will all agree, there’s nothing more stressful than realising you’ve left your passport at home.
- My checklist includes travel documents, holiday insurance, medication, essential clothing, toiletries, electronics (including travel plugs). I add to this list every time I go so it is super comprehensive.
Efficient Packing Techniques
- The only way I travel is using Travel Cubes which makes it easier for me to pack but also to unpack when I arrive.
- Keep like with like to organise your packing. They are particularly handy for family holidays where you are sharing your suitcase. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so can look incredible but be very useful too.
- Don’t forget to check the airline regulations and weigh your case before you go to avoid any extra baggage charges.
Unpacking and Staying Organised during Your Trip
- Once you arrive at your destination, unpack straight away. This is where packing cubes really excel as you can throw them in the drawer in their cubes and unzip to access.
- Enjoy organising your holiday wardrobe by storing shoes and hanging dresses properly and then enjoy your holiday! Remember to keep dirty clothes separate from clean ones in a laundry bag so you can unpack fast when you get home.
Tips for Organising Toiletries and Cosmetics
- Just remember before you go slapping creams on your face that you check the dates carefully!!! Old toiletries or make up should be checked to ensure they’re usable – look for the symbols on the packaging.
- Check the open jar symbol on the side of the product – example: 30 months means it’s how long you can safely use the item for after opening. If items have a lifespan of less than this, they will have a specific date and invariably you will see a ‘best before’ or ‘use before’ on the outside.
- If you are unsure, refer to the manufacturers website.
- When going through this process, you are bound to find lots more toiletries than you anticipate – time passes faster than we think!
- Many people overbuy, or they find they have gathered up lots of miniatures from previous holiday and hotel visits. If you find yourself in that situation, gather it all up and if it is unopened – you can donate it to either hygiene banks or beauty banks.
They will ensure it is not wasted and distributed to people who really need the items. By the way, you can avoid future toiletries clutter and leave the shampoo miniatures at the hotel!
Tips for Taking Books On Holiday
- If like me, you like to take a couple of books away, it’s time to rummage through your bookshelves. I normally carry them in my hand luggage. Yes it is a little heavy to carry on, but it beats paying extra baggage charges.
- I always leave my books at the resort as you’ll find most accommodation have a free library area to leave them.
Hand luggage tips
- If you’ve ever lost your luggage, you’ll know how important it is to pop a few essentials in your hand luggage just in case.
Think underwear, medications and beauty essentials.
- If you are concerned, consider buying Apple Air Tags to track your luggage.
Electronics and Gadgets
- Electronics and gadgets are essential. You probably have a drawer full of adapters at home, but often end up buying more at the airport if you forget them! Ensure that you have chargers, adapters and batteries for your devices.
- My tip is to keep all your cables organised in a small bag to avoid tangled cords (and avoid hunting for them).
- If you’re going sightseeing for the day or perhaps going on a boat trip, a portable charger can be a lifesaver so make sure to pack one (and remember the charger for the charger too).
Keeping Documents Secure
- If you’re a pro packer, you might prefer to keep travel documents safe in a wallet including passport and any paperwork. We have so many digital documents these days, but it is smart to have a physical back up just in case.
Traveling with Kids
- If you’re traveling with children, pack a separate bag with their essentials, including snacks, toys, extra clothing, and comfort items.
- Keep their important documents, such as birth certificates or passports, secure and easily accessible.
- If you take medication, make sure you have enough for the duration of your trip.
- Pack them in their original containers and keep them in your carry-on luggage. It’s also a good idea to carry a copy of your prescriptions and a doctor’s note, especially for controlled substances.
- Research any regulations or restrictions regarding medication in your destination country.
Packing Tips for Different Destinations
- Different destinations may require specific items or clothing.
- Check out the weather (I know you will already do this!), cultural norms, and activities available at your destination to ensure you pack appropriately.
Handling Souvenirs and Shopping
- My advice is to avoid spending on souvenirs and shopping unless you really need something. Often we can pick up items on holiday that we realise just don’t work in our homes or our wardrobe. Think carefully before you buy anything and make sure you can find room in the suitcase before you do.
Sustainable Packing Practices
- Use reusable travel-sized containers for toiletries instead of single-use plastic bottles. Bring a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to avoid single-use plastic while traveling.
Have a wonderful time on holiday! Remember, for help organising your home and life, get in touch here.