Packing really shouldn’t be the most stressful part of your holiday – save your angst for trying to pick up the hire car. When it comes to holidays there are two sorts of packers – the ‘leave-it-to-the-last-minuter’ or the ‘tick-list-tyrant’. If you sit somewhere in between these two holiday heroes then here’s my guide to sorting your summer suitcase.
MR BEAUFORT: 5 TIPS FOR PACKING YOUR SUMMER SUITCASE
PLAN, EDIT, HALVE
Like most things in life, it pays dividends to make a small plan – especially when it comes to packing. Once you’ve figured what’s required, make a small list in your head. Then, starting editing. Duplicates, nice to haves or shirts that will be perfect for that ‘might meet my future wife’ moment must be taken out. Yes, it’s tempting to stuff your suitcase but the reality is you’re not going to need three reserve boxers shorts, I hope…
BECOME A SPACESAVER
Pack shoes first and then imagine you’re playing one big game of Tetris with socks, boxer shorts and various other small items serving as those all-important single blocks. The key is to pack larger bulkier items and then fill in the gaps from there. Pack wisely to avoid that extra baggage charge (for which you’re likely to need a small mortgage).
ROLL, DON’T FOLD
My third rule helps to avoid the dreaded crease. Whilst folding items might tickle your inner OCD, upon arrival you’ll be left with a wardrobe that has more creases than I have metaphors. Instead, roll all of your garments and then place carefully into your suitcase. This technique will not only you help save space in your suitcase but these small clothing rolls also provide great safe havens for delicate items like chargers or electric razors.
IF IT COULD EXPLODE, SPREAD DIRT, OR TANGLE – PUT IT IN A BAG
This rule is especially important when sharing a suitcase with your other half. If you’re only flying with hand luggage for a long weekend then you could be in luck and that large bag of toiletries might ‘unfortunately’ be confiscated at security. If this ‘tactic’ fails then ensure said bag of toiletries is hermetically sealed. This small, yet crucial move, could save all of your shirts getting treated to a tan before you’ve even left the country.
To those that already do this without realising - I salute you. In essence, once the bulk of items have been carefully stowed away in your suitcase the next step is to leave a Hansel & Gretel style trail of essentials for that anti-socially early pre-flight alarm. This trail will not only ensure you pick up your key items (passport, phone, wallet, watch) but will also help you navigate your way to the door at the ungodly hour you have to get up.
For further holiday tips and inspiration, head over to the Beaufort & Blake Holiday Edit. We’ll see you on the beach…