Holiday Packing Tips – Making the most of your suitcase

While planning a weekend away is great fun, packing is often the worst part – especially when you’ve got a limited amount of space. The key is to think practical, think functional and know your transferable pieces.

David Lawrence Practical Packing Tips

The Essentials
These are the things you just can’t manage without. Underwear, socks, shower and beauty products are often found in this category – and don’t forget your toothbrush! A fair few of these types of items can be picked up where you’re staying, and hotels will often provide a few things as complimentary anyway, so don’t worry if you don’t pack every single item from your bathroom cupboard.

Plan Your Outfits
As much as you can, it helps to know what you’ll be doing on each day of your trip. This will in turn help to plan your outfits, making sure you only take those heavy walking boots if you’re actually going to go hiking.

Transferable Items
Transferable items are those that you can wear with multiple outfits, and they’re ideal when packing for a weekend away. For example, a good pair of jeans can see you through a whole weekend, as can the right cardigan. Try to opt for items that have less of a pattern, meaning they’re more likely to match up with other items in your wardrobe.

It’s also a good idea to pack layers too – take a look at our blog post on layering to find out how to get the most out of each of your packed items.

Practical Packing Tips
Once you know what you’re taking, some practical packing tips can go a long way. Independent Traveller recommends rolling your clothes as opposed to folding them, as well as using tissue paper to protect any delicate items you’re worried about getting squashed – for example you might want to use tissue paper to prevent items with beaded embroidery from snagging on other clothes.

It’s also a good idea to check out what your accommodation can provide you with, to prevent you from over-packing. Towels, linens and hairdryers are often included, so you might be able to save the space for an extra pair of shoes!

Looking for more practical fashion tips? Check out the rest of our blog.

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