How to prepare your suitcase for the holidays?
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Going on a trip and want your clothes to arrive wrinkle free? Wondering how to pack your suitcase to make sure you don't forget anything? Do you want to know the essentials for a successful holiday?
Rest assured. In this article, we give you all the advice and guide you at every step so that you are ready for your vacation.
The key to packing your suitcase like a pro is to fold, sort and store everything in its place. But above all have a good organization.
Indeed, packing might seem like a simple task, but if you do it the wrong way, you risk losing valuables, paying overweight baggage fees, or cleaning up a mess. That's why it's essential to learn how to pack your suitcase the smart way.
Discover without further delay our 10 tips for preparing your suitcase so that nothing is forgotten.
1. Choose the right suitcase
The “right” suitcase is different for everyone. If you need a large bag to check into the hold, you may prefer a rigid suitcase that is strong enough to withstand rough handling.
A soft suitcase is best if you don't usually check your luggage and like to have a few outside pockets to store things like a glasses case or toiletries.
Whichever type of suitcase or duffel bag you choose, test it out before you buy to make sure it rolls well and the handle length is right for your height.
One last tip, keep airline size and weight limits in mind when choosing a suitcase.
Indeed, do not forget that every kilo counts. Too much baggage can cost you dearly in baggage fees, so it's always a good idea to weigh your bag with a luggage scale before you go.
If you are approaching the weight limit, remember that the scale at the airport may be calibrated differently, so allow yourself some room for error.
2. Make a to-do list
It is easy to forget objects. If they are not on the list, they may not end up in your suitcase.
Consider keeping a checklist on your phone, on your computer, or just on paper so you can adapt it to your different trips.
Obviously, your list must include essential items such as clothing or your medications.
But it can also be a mobile phone and charger, a travel umbrella, sunscreen, a beach hat, magazines or a gift to give away.
Finally, be aware that if you are traveling with other family members, you may need separate lists. Are you traveling with a baby? List diapers, wipes, diaper bag , extra outfits, snacks, or stroller.
3. Roll or fold your clothes
Our travel experts recommend rolling clothes tightly rather than putting them in the suitcase, folded. The idea is that you can fit more stuff in your suitcase this way.
It can also prevent your clothes from creasing (if you roll them well).
You are probably wondering how to proceed? Nothing's easier. Arrange your clothes on your bed, fold or roll them, then put half of them away.
This is standard advice for efficient packing, as it's easy to pack too much.
One last important thing to remember: Bring items that have multiple functions!
A scarf can serve as an accessory instead of jewelry, but can also keep you warm on the plane and outside. Black pants can be dressed up or down. Also limit the number of shoes you bring, as they are cumbersome. Bring versatile and comfortable shoes.
4. Can you buy it locally?
It can be stressful thinking about what you may have forgotten to pack. But in many cases, you can buy what you need once you arrive at your destination.
We will think in particular of toiletries such as a bottle of shampoo or, as we saw above, a pair of shoes.
Now, if you want to avoid that extra expense, make sure you pack enough of what you might need. You remember, the little list of things to take.
5. Add tags to your luggage
Unless you are wanted by the police, you do not need to travel incognito. Many suitcases already come with built-in tags, so don't forget to put your details on them - it'll be a relief if you or the airline loses your luggage!
Tags help identify the owner of a piece of luggage in the event of loss or during a security check.
Airlines usually share these tags with you when checking in your suitcase, but if you like to travel with design, you can choose tags with unique patterns that will help you better differentiate your luggage.
6. Bring your toiletry bag
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and moisturizer are some of the personal hygiene products that absolutely must be in your suitcase. So choose a toiletry bag according to your needs and your destination. Why not make a list or even buy your missing products at destination? Again, it's up to you to judge.
Still, if you're flying, the easiest and most convenient thing to do is pack the typical transparent toiletry bag with small bottles. This way, you don't need to tinker to pass the checkpoints.
On the other hand, if you travel by car or train, you can opt for a normal toiletry bag or a travel vanity . Personally, we love toiletry bags that have a hook to hang them up, they are super practical.
As a recommendation, don't forget sunscreen, which will always be your best friend when traveling, and if you're going to tropical places, don't forget mosquito repellent.
7. Leave room for your future purchases
It's never a good idea to overdo it when deciding what to pack.
Whether it's the enticing duty-free items or holiday souvenirs, it's inevitable that you'll come back with more than you left, so make room for new purchases!
8. Watch out for fragile items
If you must pack items that are likely to break, such as glass or china, wrap them in bubble wrap or between clothing and place them in the middle of your suitcase.
This is the best way to protect them so they arrive in one piece. If possible, try to carry them with you in your hand luggage.
The same applies to valuables. These days it's rare for airlines to misplace luggage, but why take the risk?
Be careful and pack your valuables, like your camera or jewelry, in your carry-on.
9. Bring extra clothes on board
Have you ever wondered what you can put in your hand luggage?
It's a mix of various items that will help enhance your trip, like your tech devices and their chargers.
The advantage is to be able to keep them at hand at all times. And of course your personal, flight, hotel and other required documents.
You can also bring items that will help keep you entertained and comfortable, such as a pillow, blanket, travel games or books.
If you have space left in your hand luggage, it's always a good idea to bring a change of clothes in case your suitcase gets lost or your flight is delayed and you have to spend the night at the airport or in a nearby hotel.
Moreover, bringing extra clothes such as a coat or a big sweater will allow you to lighten your suitcase when checking in, so why deprive yourself?
10. Don't overdo it!
This is where we really make mistakes.
Pack two pairs of underwear for each day (so you don't have to think about doing laundry). For you ladies, bring an extra bra in addition to the one you wear on the trip. They are light and easy to fit in the gaps in your suitcase.
On the other hand, limit shoes and accessories. We always have too many. Avoid bulky wedge heels or heavy sneakers.
Instead, plan a pair of sandals for day and night, a pair of flip-flops for the pool, a pair of light and comfortable walking shoes, for a walk or an outing, depending on your destination.
Finally for accessories, stay classic. A pair of fashionable earrings, a hat and a pair of sunglasses!
Our last advice before your departure
Be minimalist, take only the essentials. We've said it over and over throughout this article, but it's probably the most important rule.
Do you already have your passport, phone, charger, hand luggage and toiletry bag? You are literally ready to go!
Prepare everything carefully, so that you only take what you will actually use. Next, dress in the clothes that will be useful for the things you will be doing on the trip.
Don't do it at the last minute. Instead, spend a few days reviewing everything and fight the temptation to impulsively stuff your suitcase with things you know you won't use (this can be difficult, especially if your suitcase seems half-empty).
And you, what are your tips for packing your suitcase? Feel free to leave them in the comments.