Whether you’re just jetting off for a short weekend break or planning a long holiday, these packing tips for savvy travellers will not only help you to be more organised but will also help you guard against some of the potential misfortunes often encountered when flying.
Use plastic bags – It helps to pack as much of your stuff into plastic bags as you can. It not only protects the rest of your luggage from any possible toiletry leaks, but also makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for when you unpack. Pack similar items together in bags, e.g. underwear, toiletries, nightwear. You can then use the empty bags for dirty laundry, rubbish, etc. Another bonus is that if security asks you to unpack your suitcase at the airport it’s a bit more organised and discrete to take it out in bags.
Split up valuables – To avoid losing everything in the case of a lost or stolen bag, always split up your valuables. You can put bank cards, money, travellers’ cheques, etc, in different pockets, bags, wallet, etc, so that you will always have something to fall back on.
Split up clothing – If you’re travelling as a family, split each person’s clothes across several suitcases. That way if a bag goes missing en route nobody will be left without any clothes at all. If you’re on your own then you could pack a spare set of clothes in your hand luggage to take on the flight with you just in case.
Choose clothes carefully – Choose clothes that are less likely to wrinkle if possible and save space by opting for pieces that are multifunctional and can be layered to deal with a variety of weather conditions.
Roll instead of folding – Rolling your clothes seems to take up less room than folding them. You can also use tissue paper when rolling to reduce wrinkling.
We hope these tips make packing easier and take some of the hassle out of flying for you. If you are flying to Stansted Airport, take a look at our hotel accommodation. We remove even more of the hassle from your trip by offering a regular shuttle service to and from the airport.