How To Pack the Perfect Suitcase
It’s the middle of winter here in Australia and a lot of us are jetting off to chase the summer into the Northern Hemisphere. Whether it’s St. Tropez or California, first thing is first: you’re going to have to pack your bags. We all dread packing but it has to be done. There is nothing worse than arriving at your dream destination with the wrong wardrobe, or forgetting your charger/ plug adaptors. So I’m here to offer you my advice on packing your bags.
I can’t begin to stress how important it is to invest in a good suitcase. Having a 4 wheel “spinner” suitcase is life changing. Life is so much easier when your suitcase glides opposed to drags. I recommend getting a hard shell suitcase, Australian Luggage Company makes a great one you can snag for around $120! Keep in mind that you should always be after the lightest suitcase possible. (Every kilo counts!)
Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Start planning your wardrobe well in advance. Check out some travel blogs to see what people are wearing at that time of the year in your destination. Calculate how much clothing you need to bring- will you have access to laundry where you’re going? Do you want to be doing laundry on holiday? Even if you’re going to the sunniest place on earth you should still have an appropriate outfit to deal with the elements, including a foldable umbrella.
Side Note: Don’t forget to call your bank to place a travel notification on your credit cards!
Now for the bread and butter. I’m going to let you in on some packing hacks I’ve picked up along the way. (Many exploded shampoo bottles and overweight baggage fees later…)
JEWELLERY AND SMALL BITS
Put your necklaces with clasps through a straw! It’s simply genius! For those pieces without clasps, put them in cling wrap! Voila- no more tangles!
Keep your bobby pins in a tic tac container or a film canister.
Another brilliant idea to keep earrings sorted is placing them in buttons!
Put shower caps over your shoes to protect them from rubbing off on your clean clothes!
Don’t forget- you can use the inside of your shoes as additional storage space for small items like socks and underwear.
Rolling you clothes is a great way to keep them wrinkle free. Place your heaviest items at the bottom of the suitcase closest to the wheels to prevent the suitcase from being top heavy.
CHARGERS, CORDS, ETC.
Headphones and any items with a cord are notorious for getting lost in your bag. Why not keep them all in a sunglasses case to prevent them from disappearing? Tip: Keep them in your carry-on bag!
Pack some Dryer Sheets between your layers of clothes to keep things fresh!
Don’t forget to wrap these in a sock. You don’t want fragrances opening or cracking inside of your suitcase!
Don’t forget to weigh your suitcase before heading to the airport! Overweight baggage fees can be a nightmare. Consider wearing your heaviest pair of shoes on the plane. Keep in mind that you will probably go shopping on vacation and need some spare room to bring home those souvenirs! I recommend getting a luggage scale. This one by Intertronic works wonders.
*Side note: If disaster does occur at the check in counter, don’t fret! You still have a chance to weasel your way out of this. Tie some jumpers and shirts around your waist and put on as many coats as you can- stuff some socks and shirts in the pockets!
Your carry-on bag is extremely important! Always be prepared for the worst case scenario- delayed flights and lost luggage.
Important items to include in your carry on:
- A change of clothes: there is nothing worse than not having a change of clean underwear if you miss a flight or get delayed overnight.
- Neck Pillow: No one wants a sore neck on holiday.
- Eye mask- For those times your neighbor wants to look out the window the whole flight or the cabin crew seem to be taking forever to dim the overhead lights.
- Ear plugs: crying babies are a nightmare when you’re trying to catch some Z’s.
- Sleeping aid: you can find these at your local chemist and they can help you sleep at hours you wouldn’t normally. They’re also useful for adjusting to a new time zone.
- Empty water bottle: you can fill this in once you go through security.
- Portable phone charger- Have your phone fully charged when you arrive at your destination so you can use the map feature to help you get to your accommodation.
- Hand sanitizer: airplanes are full of germs.
- Tooth paste and toothbrush: I feel 10x better with clean teeth and fresh breath after a red-eye!
- Jumper: No matter what time of year, planes are cold!
- Camera: you won’t want to be without this if your luggage gets lost for a day or two!
- Any medication: important to keep this with you at all times!
- Pen: easy to forget and you’ll need one to fill out your customs card.
- Make up: If you want to bring small amount of concealer or moisturizer, put it in a contact case.
- Toiletries: Go Toob’s squeezable bottles are TSA approved and perfect for any liquids you might want to bring on board with you.