Once the plane tickets and hotel rooms have been booked, packing is the last step separating you from your incredible vacation. We know it’s a chore for many of you, but if you follow our expert packing tips, you’ll never have to worry about it again.
Make a list
Ok, it sounds boring said like that, but the silliest lists are the guarantee of a stress-free holiday. Separate what is essential from what is secondary, and be realistic with the limits of your luggage. If you need inspiration for your lists, the following information is a good base…
Don’t forget the first aid kit
You are not asked to equip yourself for emergencies, but a small kit with basic medicines that you may need. After all, no one wants to suffer from a headache, heat fever, fussy stomach, or even all three while on vacation.
It may be easy to get certain medications for your illnesses at home, but in the countries you visit, these may only be available on prescription. This applies in particular to anti-allergy and asthma medications, take them on board!
We all know it, and yet, it’s always confusion and delays as soon as someone ventures to pass a bottle of water through airport security checks. Much to everyone’s chagrin, travel restrictions across Europe state that liquids allowed in hand luggage must not exceed 100ml per bottle, and must be kept in a small transparent resealable bag (usually available at the airport for a very modest sum). If you are carrying larger bottles, store them in your checked baggage.
Your name tags are here to help
Unless you’re a spy, you really have no reason to travel incognito. Most suitcases come with tag slots, so be sure to fill in your details, just in case you or the airline misplace your luggage!
Obey baggage restrictions
If the company indicates 23kg, it means 23kg, and not one more! Weigh your luggage before heading to the airport and make sure you respect these restrictions, otherwise you will be forced to pay an extra sum, or worse, have to say goodbye to your lovingly knitted vest, for many hours, by your Grandmother.
We’ve all tried to fit extra pants into an overloaded suitcase, but the restrictions are there for a reason, your safety. Which makes us think of…
Save space in your bag for your holiday shopping
Whether it’s Duty Free products or holiday memorabilia, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll leave home with more than you started with, so be sure to leave some room for those purchases.
Be sensible with shoes
The most important and frustrating accessory in luggage! How many pairs of shoes you need to pack will mostly depend on the length of your vacation, but we suggest sticking to two or three pairs for a week or two getaway.
More than the size, it’s the versatility of the shoes that counts, so make sure you don’t have to go hiking in stilettos by packing a pair of shoes that adapt to all the situations you’re likely to encounter. meet during your trip. Wear your bulkiest pair on the plane, and store your socks in the others, it should save you a little more space.
Cosmetics – Only the minimum!
Unless you’re planning to travel to a desert island, chances are you’ll be able to pick up shampoos and sunscreens from your usual brands around the world. Less cosmetics also means you’ll be less likely to find carnage of unidentified gooey liquids in your suitcase once you reach your destination. If you really can’t live without face cream, try to pack only the amount you need for the trip and no more. This will allow you to get rid of empty containers to save a little more space for the return flight.
This could be debated for hours, but we think rolling up your clothes is the best way to go. Not only will this reduce those pesky wrinkles in your clothes, but it will save you even more space!
All valuables in hand luggage!
Today, it is rather rare for airlines to lose luggage, but why take the risk? Be careful and pack all your valuables, whether it’s a camera or an engagement ring, in your carry-on.
Don’t forget the adapters
If you need them, remember to buy them in advance to avoid the exorbitant prices displayed at airports.
Choose classic ensembles over eccentric outfits
You might be tempted to pack your banana costume on your trip, but is it really necessary? Fancy dresses or not, that’s a question you’ll have to ask yourself when you’re struggling with the space available in your suitcase. Choose simple clothes and add a nice evening outfit, but leave out the eccentricity for an outing close to home.
Protect your fragile items
If you must pack china plates, glasses and other fragile items, wrap them in bubble wrap or wrap them in your clothes and place them in the middle of your suitcase. This is the best way to ensure they are in one piece when you arrive.
Sort your clothes by categories
Organize your clothes in groups: t-shirts with t-shirts, pants with pants… It’s easier to find what you’re looking for and to put away afterwards.
Plan a wardrobe in your hand luggage
Be careful, wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to put half your closet in it, it’s a way of speaking. But if your checked baggage is misplaced, you’ll be glad to have spare underwear in your hand luggage.