Travellers’ Top Tips to Pack Smart

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Travellers’ Top Tips to Pack Smart

Vacation season is upon us. I thought you might find these handy tips useful. Trip Advisor recently reached out to Top Contributors in their traveller community and asked for their best-ever packing tips. Here’s what they had to say.

 

Pack light to travel light. If you can manage with a carry-on, do it. Try taking half of the things you need and twice the money. You can make buying a few new items a fun part of the adventure.

 

Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs. These can come in handy on a plane, train or in your hotel room as you try to sleep through unfamiliar noises.

 

Capitalise on empty suitcase space. Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. That has the added bonus of leaving your clothes less wrinkly. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.

 

Keep a sarong or pashmina in your carry-on. They can be used as a blanket on the plane, a scarf if it’s cold or a shawl on an evening out.

 

Bag it. Kitchen sandwich/freezer bags can be used to hold your accessories, vacuum pack bags can be space savers, and bin bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers).

 

Skip airport snacks and bring your own as long as it’s solid food. Everyone knows that over the years liquids have become very restricted. You can save yourself a bit of money, eat healthier and keep your hunger at bay in case you have a delayed flight.

 

Create compartments. Two words: packing cube. If you are visiting more than one city during your trip, packing cubes will keep your suitcase organised and save you from having to pack and unpack.

 

Share your packing space. Travelling as a couple? Split your clothes between two suitcases on the off chance one of them gets lost during the flight.

 

Bring a multi-socket extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once. If you’re going overseas, check on what kind of voltage is being used so you can have the right adaptor/converter.

 

Make photocopies before leaving home. If you’re travelling out of the country, make two photocopies of your passport and keep them apart from your other travel documents. I also email myself a scan copy of my passport before leaving. That way I also have a soft copy of it on my smartphone.

 

Use your smartphone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s car park and do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.

 

 

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