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 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.
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.
I always pack a lightweight beach 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!
*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.
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.
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).
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,