How to pack properly

Avoid holiday disasters before you’ve departed with these 10 simple tips to make packing easy.

How to pack properly

Nothing dampens the excitement surrounding an upcoming holiday like the task of packing. Few people are skilled at seamlessly setting off for the airport with a light suitcase, with most of us dreading the inevitable disastrous realisation said suitcase won’t close. Or even worse, arriving at our destination to the unpleasant surprise of shampoo covered clothes. Avoid holiday disasters before you’ve departed with these 10 simple tips to make packing easy.

What’s your favourite tip? Do you have any others to add? We particularly like number three, proof that water wings do have a purpose after you’re five years old.


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    9th Aug 2014
    The greatest problem I have with travelling is keeping control of all the small electronic items one needs today - USB sticks, cables, adaptors, chargers, spare batteries, banking tokens, etc, etc.
    I went to Masters and found a small plastic parts container with divided compartments, that holds and separates all these items perfectly.
    I had to cut a few of the dividers out to enable the larger items such as chargers to fit - but overall, this storage system for small, easily lost items, works just fine.
    I use plastic shopping bags to hold shoes. These can double as rubbish holders, or just handy carry bags once you unpack. The thicker shopping bags from the likes of the major retailers are best.
    I pack any towels bottom and top in my suitcase to protect other items from damage, and pack shoes with soles facing outwards for the same reason.
    I also pack a manicure set which is a zipped, paperback-book-sized leather case. This case has enough room in it to pack other small useful items - one of which is either a small multi-tool with pliers, knife and screwdriver blades, or my Swiss knife multi-tool which contains scissors, knives and even a can opener.
    There's always a need to cut, repair, or screw up something when travelling. Scissors are one of the most useful little items when you travel.
    9th Aug 2014
    I agree with most handy packing hints except all airlines will not allow any manicure, swiss knives, scissors or any sharp items (I have been pulled up for a tiny screwdriver) for tightening my spectacles.
    9th Aug 2014
    pack unpack take out what you won't use do this least 3 times you will be amazed at what you don't really need. Extra clothes or just about anything can be bought where ever you go.
    fish head
    9th Aug 2014
    Put any "sharps" in your main luggage which gets stowed and you will rarely get stopped (5 trips and counting). It is the hand luggage that sets them into a frenzy.You should have seen the reaction at Sth. Korea going out to a pair of old fashioned long hair pins until I mimed using them.
    9th Aug 2014
    the opposite is the case on a cruise, fish head. My luggage was delayed on my first cruise because I had a small pair of scissors in my checked in luggage...apparently on cruises those should be in the carryon luggage
    9th Aug 2014
    I always take a can of disinfectant spray with me and on arrival in hotel room or cruise ship room spray everything which I am going to touch, e.g., light switches, tv remotes, etc. Make sure you pack it in your checked baggage. I even pull back the bedclothes and spray mattress and pillows. We have never been sick while away but I know lots of people who have. From Travelling Granny.
    18th Aug 2014
    I travelled with a metal nailfile in my Handbag and even I did not realise it was there. This was shortly after the 9/11 episode in America & I had travelled via America to Canada.

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