With travel back on the agenda we asked Dominique Kemp from Lou Harvey bags and accessories for her tips on how to pack properly.
Is it just or is packing for a weekend away or holiday such a chore? Inevitably we end up taking either way too much stuff or not quite enough, arriving at our destination with everything creased or totally missing some key items. Packing shouldn’t be a chore, doing it right, doing it early and being a little more planned are just some of the tips that will help you get you ready for your next trip.
So whether you are a carry-on luggage only type of traveller or a three suitcases minimum packer these tips will help you pack right every single time.
Tip 1: Love your luggage!
There aren’t too many people out there who actually enjoy packing. It can be tedious and tiring trying to figure out what to take with you and what to leave behind. To make the task more pleasant, invest in a good-sized bag that can be used as an overnight or carry-on, something that is both stylish and functional, lightweight yet durable.
If it’s water-resistant and easy to clean, even better! Choose a bag that you love to look at, whether you like to keep things neutral or want to stand out from the crowd with something bold and vibrant, a stylish practical bag will help to put a pep in your step the next time you travel!
Tip 2: Organisation is key
Don’t pack at the last minute. Even if you’re only going away for the weekend, plan as much as you can ahead of time, to avoid rushing and feeling stressed. To help you get organised, start with writing a list; this ensures you don’t forget anything, and gives you enough time to purchase additional items you might need for the trip.
To avoid overpacking, pack clothes that you can mix and match easily, and that can be layered – this way, you’re ensuring every item has a purpose and will be used or worn, so you’re not wasting space and adding to the weight of your luggage.
Tip 3: To roll or fold?
Rolling each item of clothing instead of folding takes up less space. It also makes it easier to find things, and results in less creases and wrinkles. It’s quick and easy to do too!
Bonus tip: Place heavier items at the bottom, and lighter or more frequently used items at the top.
Tips 4: Create compartments
Consider compartmentalising items to make them easier to find (and keep them separate from your clothes). Items such as jewellery, cosmetics, medicine and toiletries can be placed in smaller bags or packing cubes to keep everything neat and tidy and make it easier to find what you need, when you need it.
With any items that might potentially leak (like haircare and skincare), try wrapping cling wrap around the base of the lids, standing them upright and popping them into a leak-proof bag to ensure they make it through the journey. Or you can always opt for solid toiletries such as shampoo bars and soaps to minimise the liquid products you’re taking with you.