The ultimate 'packing light' hacks
Whether you're trying to save money by not checking in any luggage or simply trying to make space for the billion items your kids need for a holiday trip, our ultimate packing hacks have you covered.
There's no doubt that when it comes to travelling, packing can be one of the most daunting tasks, especially if you're trying to pack light. Whether you're going on a weekend getaway or a month-long adventure, packing light can make your travels more comfortable and hassle-free.
Here is the Family Lowdown 'top ten' to pack light for a holiday
1. Plan ahead
The first step to packing light is to plan ahead. Make a list of the essentials you'll need for your trip and stick to it. Don't pack things you're unsure of or might not need.
2. Choose versatile clothing
Pack clothing that can be mixed and matched easily. Choose pieces that can be dressed up or down, and that can be worn in different weather conditions. For example, a lightweight cardigan can be worn over a dress or with jeans and a t-shirt. Also don't take too much as we've all been there when we've brought home items we took and never wore!
3. Roll, don't fold
Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can save space in your luggage. It also helps prevent wrinkles in your clothing. Rolling is quicker and allows you to easily see what you have, rather than leafing through folded up clothes. And it is also easy for kids to help as rolling is simpler than folding.
4. Use packing cubes
Packing cubes are a great way to keep your luggage organised and save space. Use them to separate your clothing by type, such as shirts, pants, and underwear. Amazon have heaps of options depending on the sort of luggage that you have and it will also help you to unpack quickly and efficiently when you arrive.
5. Choose lightweight luggage
Invest in lightweight luggage to save weight for your belongings. A lightweight suitcase or backpack can make a big difference, especially if you're traveling by air and need to stay within weight limits. Luggage really is an investment and whilst it may seem like a big undertaking, once you have it, you'll use it year in and year out.
6. Wear your heaviest items
If you're packing bulky items like a winter coat or hiking boots, wear them on the plane or in the car. This will save space in your luggage and keep you warm during your travels. This can also apply to some accessories and we'd always recommend having heavy valuables on your person at all times when travelling, such as portable technology.
7. Pack travel-sized toiletries
Pack travel-sized toiletries instead of full-sized bottles. This will save space in your luggage and make it easier to pass through airport security. If you invest in a set of travel toiletry bottles, you'll easily save money by using them time and time again. Try be thrifty as travel-sized toiletry items can work out more expensive than full size ones!
8. Use compression bags
Compression bags can be used to save space in your luggage. These bags work by squeezing the air out of your clothing, making it more compact and easier to pack. It is astonishing how much space you can save. One of the Family Lowdown team has been known to use a compression bag to take a pillow away in case a hotel one isn't quite right, just to give you an idea of how much space can be made available.
9. Leave the "just in case" items at home
It's easy to pack things "just in case," but this can add unnecessary weight to your luggage. Be realistic about what you'll need and leave the rest at home. There are lots of things that would be 'nice to have' but they are not always necessary. That extra pair of sunglasses for each member of the family probably won't be needed!
10. Use your personal item wisely
Most airlines allow you to bring a personal item onboard in addition to your carry-on luggage. Use this space wisely by packing things like your laptop, camera, and other small items. And make sure you pack it carefully - if you know where everything is on the journey, it will make life much simpler and save you rummaging around.
Life made easier...
Packing light for a holiday can make your travels more comfortable and hassle-free and anything that makes life easier with kids has got to be a win! Why not get them on board and get them to help you work out how to travel lighter. If you have a hack for packing light and we've missed it off our list, we'd love to hear about it over in our Facebook group FAMILY LOWDOWN TIPS & IDEAS.