I recently went on a trip to Hong Kong, and oh the packing struggles! I always tend to leave it last minute to pack my suitcase, which is really not a good habit of mine. Probably just the thought of what I need to pack can be quite daunting and I don’t want to forget anything! Amongst the chaos, I’ve managed to come up with some top tips for you if you need to pack for a holiday and don’t know where to start. I hope this can help you to organise your thoughts better when it comes to packing, whether it’s for a short or long trip!
[ This post is sponsored by American Tourister ]
Start with a packing list:
The best way to ensure that you don’t forget anything is to make a checklist of all the things you need to bring with you on your trip. By ticking off each item as you pack, it will give you the peace of mind that you won’t leave anything behind. I like to save my list and re-use it year on year for any other planned holidays in the future!
Suitcase weight & dimensions:
Before you even start throwing your clothes into your suitcase, check that the weight and dimensions of your suitcase are accepted by your airline. You don’t want a situation where your suitcase cannot go on the flight because it doesn’t adhere to their guidelines. It’s always best to check out your airline’s official website in advance, even if you know what the dimensions should be as the terms may change.
The suitcase I used on my trip was the Pastel Rose Wavebreaker Fur cabin luggage from American Tourister, which was the perfect size for carrying my necessities and some clothing to last about a week (the rest of my stuff went in a large check-in luggage). I love the faded-metallic pink colour and the fur around the edge is such a cute touch!
Make sure to only pack the things you absolutely need. If you have a tendency to over-pack, try to select the things you want to take, then remove half of the items. If all else fails, you could try using some vacuum storage bags; these can help you to save a lot of space (by at least 50%), so you can fit even more in your suitcase and maximise the space!
Also, try to pack one spare outfit with you – as much as we all like to think we’re invincible, things can go missing or get dirty, so bringing an extra set of clothes will give you that peace of mind.
This really depends on you and how organised you like to be, but you can use packing cubes or storage bags such as a wash bag, cosmetic bag and a laundry bag for dirty clothing to organise your items neatly. Don’t forget to bring a medicine bag, just in case! It’s also handy to bring another spare bag with you as you never know when you might need it. My American Tourister suitcase has a top compartment with a divider pad and a pocket, which is really useful for keeping my things separated!
Roll your clothes:
I don’t know who came up with this, but it is genius. Not only does rolling your clothes help to prevent wrinkles, but it also saves a lot of space – game changer!
It’s important to separate your liquids in a separate bag from your other items as you’ll never know when bottles might leak! For extra protection, seal the top of the bottles with tape or a plastic wrap. It also saves you time at the airport when you need to take out all your liquids again at the security checks!
Leave a little extra space:
Ever been in a situation where you really wanted to buy an item but you had no space left in your suitcase? Yep, heart-breaking. So remember to leave a little extra space, as inevitably, you will buy something on your trip!
So those are my top tips for packing your suitcase, I hope you found it useful!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by American Tourister and the suitcase was kindly gifted. All opinions are my own as always.
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