No one wants to be lugging luggage around on their holiday. Follow these tips to pack lighter and smarter and your back will thank you.
Research the weather at your destination
Choose the right bag
Try to take a bag which has one large compartment, rather than lots of smaller ones as this can limit what you will be able to fit into your bag. A lightweight bag is preferable; you don’t want to be slugged with excess baggage fees.
Save your bulkiest items for on the plane
Don’t pack your overcoat and boots in your bag, wear them on the plane. You can always take them off and stow them in the overhead locker once you are aboard. If it is too warm to wear your overcoat when you disembark, tie it around your waist.
Fill the gaps
There is empty space in your shoes which can be filled with smaller items, such as socks, underwear or chargers for your electronics.
Avoid doubling up
If you are travelling with a partner, friends or family, you can avoid doubling up on items such as toiletries, phone and laptop chargers. Alternatively, don’t pack any toiletries at all and purchase them once you arrive at your destination.
You can also learn how to pack for any journey, on land or at sea with our definitive guide to travel packing.
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