If you’re planning on taking a trip soon it pays to know how to get the most out of your luggage.
And whether you’re only taking one day off or three, Skyscanner’s handy tips for packing light could save you money, and precious bag space, down the line.
And they’re already things most people have in their wardrobe or pantry.
If you’re planning on taking a quick trip this Easter long weekend it pays to know how to get the most out of your luggage (stock image)
Firstly, including a sarong on your list of things to bring is an impressive way to downgrade on the need for a towel, scarf or blanket.
It can also be used as a makeshift curtain in a hostel bunkbed and as a hygienic barrier against questionable surfaces.
Firstly, including a sarong on your list of things to bring is an impressive way to downgrade on the need for a towel, scarf or blanket
Aside from keeping gingivitis at bay a few metres of dental floss can double as a clothesline or shoelace.
It can also be used to stitch up any holes that come from wear and tear on the trip – depending on how long you’ll be away for.
Aside from keeping gingivitis at bay a few metres of dental floss can double as a clothesline or shoelace
Instead of packing heavy books that will be nothing but dead weight once you’ve read them, load all books onto an e-reader to save space.
You can even download guidebooks that are easy to flip through by using the search function or maps to help your directionless family members in the middle of an Easter hike.
If you pack shirts and shorts made from lightweight, quick-dry material, you’ll save space, weight, and be able to wash your outfits in any hotel sink whenever they need a scrub.
Simply hang them overnight and they’ll be dry by the next morning to wear again.
Lost luggage is inconvenient – especially if the only clothing you have is what you’ve just worn on a germ-laden long-haul flight (stock image)
Skins brand leggings and singlets make for an excellent choice – especially if you’re travelling to a colder climate.
Lost luggage is inconvenient – especially if the only clothing you have is what you’ve just worn on a germ-laden long-haul flight.
Always pack a spare change of clothes in your carry-on luggage just in case your bag goes on its own adventure to Timbuktu.
Always pack a spare change of clothes in your carry-on luggage just in case your bag goes on its own adventure to Timbuktu
How to keep your valuables safe
If you’re walking through a crowded city with a designer purse or backpack with Nikon or Canon boldly printed across it, consider yourself the ideal target for theft.
You can protect your valuables and camera gear by putting them into protective padding cubes, then into an everyday backpack or tote bag.
When you are carrying a purse or bag, wear it across your body and keep all zippers shut.
You can even roll up cash and place it inside an empty lip balm container, or keep it buried somewhere else unassuming.
A LOCK AND POWERBOARD
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in hostels or on public transport, take a small padlock or bicycle lock with you to secure your belongings.
Thieves typically want to steal something quick and easily. Having a lock might just be enough to deter them from helping themselves to your valuables.
In this decade, travellers venture out with a laptop, iPad, e-reader, phone, camera, and other electronic devices. Yet, hostels and hotels often have just one or two power outlets. Pack a power board and one adapter to solve all of your electronic problems and charge everything while you sleep.
If you see plastic shower caps as part of the toiletries in your hotel, you can use them to cover the bottom of your shoes when you pack them.
If you see plastic shower caps as part of the toiletries in your hotel, you can use them to cover the bottom of your shoes when you pack them
Just because your shampoo smells divine, doesn’t mean you want it coating the rest of your clothes. Place all your toiletries in a plastic bag.
You can also add a layer of cling wrap between the lid and the bottle for extra protection. Be extra careful with oil-based products as they’re more susceptible to leaking and staining. Instead of packing any bottles of oil, dab cotton pads with the product and put the pads into a plastic bag.
Shampoo bars and bars of soap are great for skipping the hassle of packing liquids entirely.