Packing Tips – How I Pack for a Getaway

I thought I would share a few packing tips today, as I am heading on a short trip away next week to Wales.

I have written a few posts recently with my top tips. These are including How I Plan my Trips and My Top 5 Tips for Taking Photos. I thought I would add another to this series. My top packing tips for a getaway! Since I am heading on a trip next week, it really got me thinking on how I pack, and if I could offer any tips to you guys.

Packing Tips:

Packing for a trip can come in all shapes and sizes and you have to consider what type of trip you are taking to decide what and how to pack. Some trips call for a large amount of luggage and others not so much. Some may have weight restrictions, liquid allowance restrictions, or no restrictions at all. Below are a few of my packing tips, that I have found helpful when packing for a getaway. Be it a short break at home or a trip abroad.

4-Wheel Suitcase:

I know people use backpacks or holdalls for trips away, however, I am getting my OT head on. I prefer to use the 4 wheel type of suitcases. This is purely for their ergonomic reasons and reducing the amount of ‘moving and handling’. They are so easy to push around (unless the ground is uneven like a cobbled street) and much better for your back and posture. One downside to these though are the wheels can become damaged easily. Especially in the plane hold, but I am sure they could be replaced easily enough.

4 wheel 'it' suitcase on a bed.

Beach Towel:

I always pack a lightweight beach towel in the bottom of my case. This includes whether I am going to a place with a beach and/or pool or not. One use is, it will line your suitcase and protect your clothes and more delicate items by adding some extra padding. As well as keeping dirt from your suitcase off. You never know if there will be enough towels for you to use wherever you are staying. With the towel being lightweight it will dry easily and quickly too for when you need to re pack.

Beach towel a the bottom of a suitcase. Watermelon and strawberry  design - blue background to the towel.

The beach towel I use is from Matalan, and they have some really nice ones in store at the moment. I’ve had this one for a few years now, and it is still holding up.

Roll don’t fold:

When packing clothes, I always roll them up. Not only does this help create more space, but it also helps with reducing the number of wrinkles appearing. Who doesn’t want to be able to pack more clothes than probably needed? By rolling clothes, you can also place delicate items like perfume bottles inside for added protection.

I was recently gifted* Janger to help with organising my packing. The premise of these is to make unpacking when you have reached your destination easier. These are space saving hangers that you attach to your clothing as you pack. This is so that they can be lifted straight out of your bag and hung up. I am looking forward to seeing how they work fully on my trip next week. From what I have seen with this so far, they are really versatile. I will be using these when I am sunbathing at the beach too, to hang up my beach clothes on the parasol. No more sand in my pants now!😂 You can use them around your home too as a space-saving organisation hack. Check out their site for more information!

Janger products. " packets of the Janger hangers, with four being made into heart shapes.
Janger hanger attached to the belt loop of purple coloured jeans.

*This is a gifted item, in which I was sent for free to try and to add into one of my blog posts. I had already planned to write this post when I was gifted the item. All views are my own on this product.

Also, a good idea when packing is to roll up your socks and underwear into your shoes you are packing. Your socks and underwear will be easy to find!

Double up outfits:

Another packing tip I use is to double up on outfits. This means having a few tops to go with a pair of trousers or jeans. Similarly having a top that will go with a few trousers or skirts. This will help in reducing the chance of over-packing (something I am guilty of).

If you are taking swimwear for your trip, another tip is to double up with your bikini options. I always buy the matching set but also try to pick out one of the colours to have spare bikini tops and bottoms to mix and match. This helps in creating a few swimwear options and taking less in the long run.

Extra bags:

When packing liquids I always try to add a layer of cling film underneath the lid as a preventative measure to the liquid spilling. I then place said item or items in sandwich bags or plastic bags. That way, if the products leak there is an extra barrier to your clothes. I may have to try and re-think this one as it does use a lot of plastic, which is obviously quite a big issue at the moment. Let me know if you have any alternatives to using plastic bags to help stop products leaking into your case!
If your case is for hand luggage, having your small 100ml liquids in a sandwich bag, you can save space and time when having to remove these at security.

Toiletries:

I also place my toiletries in a hang-up toiletry bag with several compartments. The one I have has removable compartments so you can use it when at the destination separately. By having the hanging version, you can pull it straight from your bag ready to go, and hang it in the bathroom (or wherever you please).

Several toiletries including shampoo, body wash, sun cream and toothpaste in a fold-able toiletry bag.
Folded toiletries bag on the top of a packed suitcase.

If possible I like to place my shoes in empty bags to keep from dirtying my clean clothing. Sometimes this can be impracticable, especially if you are trying to pack boots. I always place these to the side too, one to reinforce the sides a bit and two to keep the dirt from the shoes at the edge.

Another bag I like to have is something for dirty clothes whilst I am there. Sometimes this is a plastic carrier bag that I have wrapped my toiletries in. However, I now have a ‘laundry’ bag that I can take with me. This came in my Treatbox last year. Super handy in keeping clean and drity clothing separate!

So there are a few of my packing tips. It is not a conclusive list, and no doubt some of my packing habits will change over time. I would love to try out packing cubes, as they look super organised for going away.
Hope you liked these tips!

Do you have any packing tips you would add to the list? Do you use some of these tips already?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

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33 thoughts on “Packing Tips – How I Pack for a Getaway

    1. Thanks for commenting! Yes definitely, and if you have a top or something that you want to wear more than once, it is a good way of showing it off again! Plus it will save more space.

      Aimsy xoxo

  1. I loved reading this! Iโ€™m always looking for tips on how to pack properly to save valuable space! The two things I do already are putting my socks and underwear inside shoes and putting toiletries in clear bags like that, it makes it so much easier to find! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Glad you liked the post! I couldn’t agree more….more space for other things, like an extra pair of shoes The clear bags definitely help, especially if you need to take them out for airport security, makes it so much easier.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thanks for commenting! I know, and it is more organised too! I always take a few spare underwears too, just in case!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I know! But I am guilty of packing things that I don’t end up wearing sometimes!

      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you liked the tips! Hope you find them.usegul when you are next packing

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Nightmare! Be under no illusion…insometimes have this, even when trying to pack light!

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. Great tips! Never heard of those hangers! I sometimes use vaccum bags to press my clothes as much as possible. I also discovered packing cubes latey – i love how organised by suitcase it afterwards!

    1. I know they are quite new I think. They will be perfect for hanging things up at the beach. Ooo vacuum packing is a great idea. Packing cubes are next on my list!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. Iโ€™m going away in a couple of weeks and Iโ€™ve just started thinking about what Iโ€™m going to take. Iโ€™m a huge over-packer and honestly quite like it that way, but that does mean that any space saving hacks are essential. I always take a bag for dirty clothes too. It feels so gross putting them back in with your clean items! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. I used to be worse than I am…still do overpack slightly just more organised than before! I know and of you are keeping things in your suitcase youndobt want to accidentally put on dirty clothes too!
      Thanks for commenting.

      Aimsy xoxo

  4. Thanks for the great tips! Rolling instead of folding is something I must leard! And attaching jangers to clothing and hanging it all up straight out of your bag must be quite handy โ€“ Iยดve never seen these before!

    Have a great week!
    Anna
    http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

    1. Glad you liked the tips! Its the first time I have used them, great for hanging up quickly, although not sure they help reducing wrinkles in the clothes once hung up.
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  5. Some really great tips here – jangers look cool! I am a roller too and I like to use carrier bags to separate tops in one, underwear in another etc (basically a poor manโ€™s version of packing cubes)! Melis

    1. Yeah carrier bags are perfect for separating, aren’t they? You can squash them down a bit better too!
      The jangers worked well, but I don’t think they will keep all the creases out of clothing as they are only hung at one place. Still a good little packing extra though!
      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

  6. What a helpful list of tips! I’m a roller girl too and I always pack my shoes down the sides for a bit of extra support (and to keep dirt away from my clothes). Those Janger hooks look very useful, I’ve not seen anything like them before, I’ll have to search them out. Anything that makes unpacking at the other end easier gets my vote, haha. Hope you have a lovely trip to Wales next week!

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Yey another one for team roller! Glad you found the tips helpful. The Jangers worked well, especially with just being able to hang them straight out of my case. I wouldn’t recommend the use of jumpers though, I felt that they pulled a bit and I didn’t want to misshape the wool!
      Thank you…stay tuned I am hopefully getting the Wales trip into a blog post this weekend!
      Thank you for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

  7. This is so helpful! We’re going away next month and don’t have a high luggage allowance. I always use a 4 wheel suitcase and use the rolling trick but stuffing your shoes is definitely something I’ll have to start doing! Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

    1. Glad you found the tips helpful! Hope you have a wonderful trip wherever you are going, and good luck with meeting your luggage allowance!
      I love my 4 wheel suitcase, makes it so much easier!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you liked the tips! You can use these for home or away trips, rolling is totally the way forward.
      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

  8. Ahhh such a great read packed with some super helpful tips for my next trip! Lol yo I NEED those Jangers in my life and I love that it can come in handy for the beach like you said :’) Also I pack extra bags too, they always come in handy. Last time I was packing though I left with the right amount of stuff then I came back with too many things and had to vacuum seal most of my things for them to fit in my luggage LOL I need tips on how not to over spend when returning home! Great post hun ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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