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Tips on Packing like a Pro for Your Holiday

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With international travel picking back up in the wake of coronavirus, so too are international holiday statistics: the number of UK package holiday users is expected to double from 2020’s figures, with more than 10 million seeking a package trip away – to say nothing of those planning their own excursions! Of course, after what feels like a lifetime of land-locked holidaying, many of us have lost our knack when it comes to holiday packing. The following tips and tricks can help you pack comprehensively and efficiently.

Know the Plan

Granted, planning out the specifics of your holiday might not seem intrinsically linked to the immediate task of packing your bags, but knowing more about what you might be encountering can be a godsend for packing efficiently and effectively. Say you’re going to Malaga for a week in the sun; not only will it help to know general things about the climate and projected weather for your destination, but also knowing the luggage limitations of your airline ticket, and If you’ll be using a Malaga airport transfer service to get to accommodation, can help inform the amount you bring along. If you’re traveling hand-luggage only, you know to be ruthless with your packing!

Essentials First – and Separately

Before you get carried away wondering which shade of trunks go best with your flip-flops, make sure you have all of the essential items: passport, paperwork (if any), tickets (if physical) and local currency. But don’t pack them with the rest of your luggage, whatever you do! Keep them separate, either in a fanny-pack or in a pocket of your hand luggage. Packing them first means you know exactly where they are, preventing and last-minute dashes around the house before your flight. Packing them separately makes accessing them a breeze, and also eliminates any “did I actually pack this?” anxiety before you set off.

Organizing Your Packing

Piling clothes into your suitcase and sitting on the lid until it shuts is one method – but there are simple ways you can pack your luggage to keep it organized and accessible at all times, saving any hotel-room headaches when your suitcase explodes over your bed! Packing cubes are an elegant solution, providing a neat way to compartmentalize your luggage into distinct sections, and enabling access to certain items without disturbing others. If you’re backpacking, in the more literal sense of the word, there are some nifty ways you can maximize luggage space – including compression-folding fabrics, an Army technique that can create bags of space (no pun intended).

Whatever your destination, approaching your packing with deliberateness can pay dividends, both in peace-of-mind and sheer volume. All that’s left to say is “enjoy your holiday!”

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