Only you can know how many pairs of shoes you really need to pack for your holiday; but there are certain things that you should remember in order to make the most out of your break. According to a recent online Post Office survey, 37% of us admit to being disorganised packers – with women finding it much harder to pack than men. This is when a checklist can be invaluable.
Avoid panic packing the night before your flight by considering some of the following; your destination, the weather, suitable luggage and your airlines’ own baggage allowance. Check out our list of useful tips for calm, collected and organised packing:
Obviously, family action-adventures such as holidays in Florida are likely to be once in a lifetime, so you’ll probably need to pack several quality, hard-wearing suitcases to withstand a long-haul flight and leave you with enough room for two weeks’ worth of clothing. However, for weekend breaks or short beach holidays, you’ll probably only need to pack swimwear and some lightweight essentials. Wherever you are going and whatever your preferred packing style is, folding, rolling or throwing it in and hoping for the best, the key is not to over-pack.
The two main advantages of package holidays are value and convenience, but remember most budget airlines will charge you for checked luggage so it’s always worth taking a look at their T&Cs before you leave. You can often save money by paying online rather than at the airport. And although you can usually check in more than one bag at a time, you will be subject to a maximum weight allowance. A pocket digital luggage scale, like this one from Marks and Spencer, can be handy for the return journey if you have been a little over zealous in the gift shops on your break.
Buy the Right Luggage
It’s often a false economy to spend lots of money on a suitcase. Although expensive models will probably last longer, they are still just as likely to be lost in transit. As a rule of thumb, go for lightweight and compact. Trip Advisor named Samsonite as the must-have luggage companion for holidaymakers.
From cosmopolitan city breaks in Europe’s top capitals to great value beach holidays, you’ll always need to check the local weather forecast before you leave. Dalaman holidays, for example, will almost always guarantee plenty of warm Turkish sunshine so packing should be easy. Apart from swimwear and suntan lotion, pack a few lightweight jackets and trousers to keep you warm while you enjoy al fresco evening meals. For city breaks, always pack good walking shoes and a few warm jumpers – you never know when the weather can turn!Tags: Holiday Tips, Packing for Holidays