We’re created a few packing tips and a free printable packing check-list to make sure you don’t overpack or underpack!
‘Will I need my hair dryer?’, ‘Should I bring 10 pairs of shoes?’, ‘Is five pairs of shorts a bit excessive?’. We’ve all been there so follow our tips to ensure you don’t have any problems!
Tip one: Create a packing list.
This will make your life so much easier when it comes down to packing your bag. By creating a list or using our list to tick off everything you have got will be much simpler for you.
Tip two: Know your limits
It’s always good if you take a look at the baggage allowance for the airline you’re travelling with before you fly. Different airlines have different allowances. If you look on the airlines website before you fly so you’re 100% sure you don’t over pack as it’s easy to do. The law states that the maximum weight per bag is 32kg but many airlines often say the maximum is 23kg.
|Airline||Hand Baggage Allowances||Excess Fee||Checked-in Baggage Allowance||Excess Fee at Airport|
|easyJet||23kg||£30||20kg||£10 per kg|
|FlyBe||10kg||£50||30kg||£15 per kg|
|Jet2||10kg||£12 per kg||22kg||£12 per kg|
|Thomas Cook||6kg||£50-£70 depending on route||20kg||£8-£50 depending on route|
|Thomson||5kg||£13-£18 depending on route||15-20kg||£13 – £18 depending on route|
|Ryanair||10kg||£50||15kg-20kg||£25-£50 15kg||£35-£60 20kg|
Tip three: Roll, don’t fold
If it works for backpackers, it can work for you. Rolling is said to have been the method of packing that will help save space. It makes it much easier to stack and pack into a tiny section of your bag or suitcase AND your clothes won’t crease – life saviour!
Tip four: Use a vacuum pack
Vacuum packs are cheap to buy and they keep all your clothes neatly packed together and protect from any spillages. Be careful though as your clothes may appear to shrink, they’ll still weight the same.
Tip five: Use e-books or iPads
Why read physical books when you now have electronic items such as Kindle’s and iPads where you can store more than one book. We know it may appear to be cheaper just having the one book but in the long-term it’ll benefit you so much more, especially if you’re a keen reader. Texture app is also well worth downloading if you’re a fan of magazines as this allows you to read some of the world’s best magazines in entertainment, fashion, news, travel, sports and more.
Tip six: Start packing a few days before
We’ve all been there where we forgot to pack something or think we’ve forgotten to pack something, but if you pack a few days (or weeks) in advance you won’t need to have this stress. You definitely don’t want to be buying last minute clothes or toiletries in the airport either!
Tip seven: Toiletries
The dreaded toiletries. If you’re packing for a suitcase to go into the hold, this is easy as there are no restrictions. But if you’re packing toiletries for carry-on luggage this can be a little trickier. Liquids carried must be in a contained of no more than 100ml and must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of up to 20cm x 20cm with a total capacity of up to a litre. You don’t want to be stopped by security and wasting valuable duty-free shopping time.
It can be difficult if you have a go-to perfume or skin care product that is 100ml so use the travel containers listed below to pour your liquids into.