Any holidaymaker will know the stress that can arise from trying to pack for a holiday only to find that you’re running out of space, especially when you don’t want to pay those extra fees for a second bag.
While we can’t all pack hundreds of items into one suitcase , there are easy ways to maximise the space in your bag, and get those extra holiday essentials in without having to sit on your case to close it (we’ve all been there).
To give you a helping hand, the team at MyBaggage.com have shared their top 10 easy packing tricks that not only help you make the most of the space in your suitcase, but can also mean it’ll be quick and easy to find everything when you’re away.
Check out their top 10 hacks below…
1. Wrap up your shoes
Wrap shoes in cotton bags which can be washed when you get home. If they’re sandy or grubby, this will stop any mess getting on to the rest of your items. Alternatively, try putting them in a shower cap.
2. Roll, don’t fold
Roll your clothes rather than fold them. They will take up less space and have fewer creases.
3. Pack outfits
Lay out your clothes as outfits before you pack, rather than individual items. Think about your destination – for example, you won’t need a strappy dress and heels if you’re off on a hiking holiday.
Don’t just throw your chargers into the case. Instead put them all into one small bag or a packing cube and stuff them in your shoes.
Want to keep you necklaces tangle free? Try putting them through a straw and use a button to transport your favourite earrings.
6. Dryer sheets
If you have a long-haul flight or are not planning to unpack once you reach your destination, place dryer sheets in your luggage. It’ll keep everything smelling fresh.
7. Prevent spillages
To prevent liquids spilling all over your case, unscrew the lids of the bottle, place a small piece of plastic over the bottle and screw the lid back on.
8. Use your hat
If you’re taking a hat on your trip, stuff it with small items like vest tops to keep its shape.
9. Sarongs can be useful
If you’re heading on a beach holiday, pack plenty of sarongs. They can be used as cover ups, a towel, a shawl or even to lay on at the airport if your flights delayed.
10. Wear weighty clothes
Wear heavy clothes and shoes rather than pack them in your case. Layer up too – that way you’ll be able to take more.