Summer is on the way and with many Brits having had their holiday plans derailed as a result of the pandemic, it’s likely we’ll be making up for lost time this year. There’ll be tickets to be booked, plans to be made, and of course, bags to be packed.
Between working out what to bring and jamming a stuffed-to-bursting suitcase closed, packing for a holiday can be a stressful task. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can make the process a little less frustrating. Whether you’re jetting off for a family trip to Greece or planning a solo staycation in Cornwall, our tips on what to pack for your summer holiday will set you on the right track.
Pick the right luggage
Choosing the right luggage is an important part of packing for a trip away. You’ll need something that’s big enough to fit your belongings in, while being appropriate for the mode of transport you’re taking to your destination. For example, a suitcase won’t be suitable for a flight which only allows “carry-on” luggage.
Consider utilising storage solutions like packing cubes when packing for your trip, to maximise space in your bag and allow you to fit more in.
Plan your outfits
Many people tend to overpack for a holiday because they’re unsure what they’ll want to wear. If you’re guilty of this holiday faux pas, you can avoid bringing half your wardrobe along by planning your outfits before you pack.
Research the climate of your destination and determine what kind of activities you might be doing while you’re away. From there, you’ll be able to pack a range of outfits suitable for the weather and your holiday plans, and you’ll have space to bring back a few holiday souvenirs too!
Remember the essentials
Be sure to consider any items you’ll need while you’re away, as well as your clothes. It can be easy to forget to pack essentials such as underwear, toiletries, medicines and phone chargers, and you may find some of these items aren’t easy to replace once you arrive at your destination.
Make a list of every toiletry item in your bathroom and all the medications and supplements you take regularly. Once you’ve collated all the information in one place, it’ll be much easier to work out what needs to be packed and what you can live without for a week or two.
Storage of clothes
Creased clothing is never a good look in those holiday snaps, so try to keep your clothes from getting crumpled in your suitcase. Rolling, rather than folding clothing will not only help you fit more in your bag, but it will also prevent your clothes from creasing while you’re on the go.
Airbnbs and hotels often provide storage space for guests’ clothing, so it’s worth checking for under the stairs wardrobes or a storage cupboard in your room. However, it would also be sensible to avoid packing clothing which creases easily, such as cotton or linen.