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Mum reveals how she DOUBLES her suitcase space when travelling

An Aussie mum has impressed thousands by revealing a simple space-saving method for folding clothes before a long trip.

Chantel Mila, who goes by Mama Mila on TikTok and Instagram, said her easy fold helps ‘prevent wrinkles and saves space.’

The Melbourne mum-of-two showed her followers two easy ways to fold tops and pants into little ‘rolls’ of clothing.

 

An Aussie mum has impressed thousands by revealing a simple space-saving method for folding clothes before a long trip

1. Shirts and t-shirts 

Mila first placed the t-shirt flat on her bed. She then inverted and folded the bottom four inches to make a cuff, much like a sleeve that has been folded up.

Next, she folded the sides inwards until the shirt was a slim line.

The mum folded the t-shirt from the top until she reached the cuff and tucked it in.

Mila first placed the t-shirt flat on her bed. She then inverted and folded the bottom four inches to make a cuff, much like a sleeve that has been folded up

Next, she folded the sides inwards until the shirt was a slim line and then folded the t-shirt from the top until she reached the cuff and tucked it in

Mila first placed the t-shirt flat on her bed. She then inverted and folded the bottom four inches to make a cuff, much like a sleeve that has been folded up

2. Pants, jeans, and shorts

Bottoms are much easier to fold compactly because of their layout.

Mila simply folded each pant leg upwards and then in half before folding the pants into themselves until they were small enough without being bulky.

Thousands who saw the video were impressed with the mum’s easy fold.

The Melbourne mum-of-two showed her followers two easy ways to fold tops and pants into little 'rolls' of clothing

Mila simply folded each pant leg upwards and then in half before folding the pants into themselves until they were small enough without being bulky

The Melbourne mum-of-two showed her followers two easy ways to fold tops and pants into little ‘rolls’ of clothing

‘So many clever folds!’ said one woman.

‘This is excellent – I’m always taking extra suitcases because I don’t have space!’ added another. 

Previously an Australian mother and full-time world traveller with a fanbase of 130,000 people shared her foolproof hacks for visiting a foreign country – and getting there with all of your bags in tow. 

Evie Farrell has travelled to seven different countries since the start of the new year, some with her young daughter and others alone, blogging about her journey on her page mumpacktravel.

While travel after Covid is certainly more of a headache than it was before the global pandemic Ms Farrell has found numerous ways to travel luxuriously for less with the help of carry-on only luggage, using ‘the pillow hack’ and making good use of the ‘sleeping in airports’ app.

When it comes to nailing your airport arrivals and departures the jetsetting mum often opts in on purchasing lounge tickets, which are usually around $50 for four hours, to enjoy the perks of a shower, hot food, drinks and wi-fi.

Evie Farrell has travelled to seven different countries since the start of the new year, some with her young daughter and others alone, blogging about her journey on her page mumpacktravel

Evie Farrell has travelled to seven different countries since the start of the new year, some with her young daughter and others alone, blogging about her journey on her page mumpacktravel

If her trip isn’t overly long Ms Farrell will opt for carry-on only so there is no worries about losing her luggage between airports, and it ensures she actually wears everything inside the bag.

To ensure everything remains neat and tidy she swears by packing cubes for swimming costumes, underwear and bras so they don’t end up jumbled together in her bag.

For those struggling to fit everything they own into a tiny carry-on, Ms Farrell has shared her all-important ‘pillow hack’.

To ensure everything remains neat and tidy she swears by packing cubes for swimming costumes, underwear and bras so they don't end up jumbled together in her bag

To ensure everything remains neat and tidy she swears by packing cubes for swimming costumes, underwear and bras so they don’t end up jumbled together in her bag

‘This is a cheapskate tip, and one that my daughter and I tried last month when we went to Vietnam with carry-on luggage only. Every airline allows passengers to carry a pillow, and so instead of an actual pillow inside the case, you can pack the pillowcase with clothes,’ she told Mamamia.

‘You’ll need two pillow cases – pack your clothes in the first one, then slip the other one over it so that the opening of the first faces the closed end of the second.’

When she leaves the country she’s transiting through, particularly if its Asia, Ms Farrell chooses to wash and dry her dirty clothes there to avoid having to do it as soon as she’s landed. 

HOW TO STUFF YOUR NECK PILLOW WITH EXTRA CLOTHES:

Chelsea Dickenson, from North London, who runs cheapholidayexpert.com took to TikTok to reveal her favourite travel tip. 

In the clip, Chelsea, 32, removed the foam from her neck pillow and proceeded to stuff it with numerous clothing items. 

She captioned the video, which racked up over 1.4 million views, ‘If this works it’s gonna be a GAMECHANGER! #travelhack #budgettravel #cheaptravel’

Chelsea said her hack was more ‘lower risk’ than the one she’s seen on TikTok where users stuff clothes in a large pillowcase.

Chelsea Dickenson, from North London, who runs, cheapholidayexpert.com revealed a useful hack to bring more clothes on a flight without checking in a bag in viral TikTok video

Chelsea Dickenson, from North London, who runs, cheapholidayexpert.com revealed a useful hack to bring more clothes on a flight without checking in a bag in viral TikTok video

She said: ‘So I have got a lower risk option for you to try, and it includes this. Yeah, so the other day I noticed it had a zip so I opened it up, there’s the memory foam – goodbye sunshine!

‘And instead, here’s my pants, probably shouldn’t have them on show, soz about that. 

‘Theres some tights that I’m putting in, also my hat, space for leggings also my T-shirt, so much room honestly.

‘Look how chocka full it is, I tightened it up, we are good to go.’  

She said revealed the idea came to her when she 'noticed it had a zip' so she opened it up and packed it full of clothes

She said revealed the idea came to her when she ‘noticed it had a zip’ so she opened it up and packed it full of clothes 

In the clip, Chelsea, 32, removed the foam from her neck pillow and proceeded to stuff it with numerous clothing items

In the clip, Chelsea, 32, removed the foam from her neck pillow and proceeded to stuff it with numerous clothing items

She captioned the video, which racked up over 1.4 million views, 'If this works it's gonna be a GAMECHANGER! #travelhack #budgettravel #cheaptravel'

She captioned the video, which racked up over 1.4 million views, ‘If this works it’s gonna be a GAMECHANGER! #travelhack #budgettravel #cheaptravel’

From inside the airport the travel expert said:’ I am about to start boarding, let’s see if this works.’ 

In a follow-up video, she revealed that her hack did indeed work. 

Her final tip is to use the Sleeping in Airports website to see which airports having the best ratings, hotels nearby or, if you get stuck, the best places to have a nap before your next flight

Her final tip is to use the Sleeping in Airports website to see which airports having the best ratings, hotels nearby or, if you get stuck, the best places to have a nap before your next flight

That way, she’s prepared for the next trip should it be back-to-back.

‘All across Asia, and in many countries around the world, you can get your entire travel wardrobe washed, dried, and folded at laundries very cheaply. I get everything washed the day before I leave, pop it into my packing cubes then back into my wardrobe when I get home,’ she said.

Her final tip is to use the Sleeping in Airports website to see which airports having the best ratings, hotels nearby or, if you get stuck, the best places to have a nap before your next flight.

Ms Farrell said she often slept in airports between flights pre-Covid, with Starbucks being their favourite spot, although usually it’s easier to curl up in a lounge now. 



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