There's nothing I hate more than not being able to fit everything I could possibly need in my suitcase for a trip away. I've learnt so many sneaky ways to make the most of my luggage over the years so thought it was about time to share them with you.
1. Write a list of what you need before you go.
It sounds super simple but it avoids a) packing too much and b) leaving an essential at home (you know like your toothbrush, makeup wipes or emergency box of tampax)! Packing a capsule wardrobe filled with simple pieces makes mixing and matching much easier and saves so much room- I'm also fond of doing a 'test run' before my holiday to see if I've got any spare room in my case for an extra pair of shoes. If you're not great at list writing, there's hundreds of 'packing lists' available online!
2. Roll or bundle your clothes.
Without a doubt, rolling clothes is the most space efficient way to pack and reduces wrinkles en route. Simply lay clothes flat and roll up before packing into your case, making sure to pack them in tightly to prevent them unravelling whilst on board. There's also the 'military roll' which is great for t-shirts or if the roll technique isn't for you, try bundle or 'clown car' packing. This space saving technique whereby you lay clothes in your suitcase with some overhanging (i.e the arms of the shirt), layer other items over at a right angle and tuck it all in over each other (google it- it's much easier than it sounds).
3. Make the most of your carry on luggage.
Most airlines offer between 5-10kg of carry on, make sure you check your entitlements including dimensions of bags, whilst packing. If allowed, I try to take one larger bag and one smaller one for airport essentials like my passport, purse, book and phone. In the larger bag I like to pack more essentials- a change of clothes, spare undies and toiletries. Great for freshening up mid-flight and in case of a bag loss emergency when you arrive at your destination.
4. Layer some tumble dryer sheets in your bag.
Simple, but so good! Grab a couple of dryer sheets from your cupboard and pop them in your case before you leave, your clothes will smell fabulous when you arrive and throughout your trip, even after a couple of wears. It's also a life saver if the hotel room and wardrobe don't smell the greatest when you arrive.
5. Pre-book excess baggage before you get to the airport.
Getting caught at the airport with excess baggage is every traveler’s nightmare, so weigh your suitcase in advance and send your excess baggage through World Baggage, the leading Australian excess baggage company. Doing so could save you up to 70% compared to airline fees and they offer a pick up service from your front door and the ability to track your belongings throughout their journey. Using it is simple-- enter the details of your bag(s) on their easy quote tool and receive a quote instantly online, you can choose different options to get your baggage to your destination safely and on time, either before or after you leave home.
What are your top packing hacks?
This post was written in collaboration with World baggage. Picture via pinterest.