Bagged and Tagged
on 8 Sep 2016
On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travellers: those who pack light and those who wish they had. Have you ever glazed over as someone remarks ‘only pack what you need’? Instead, here are a few handy tips:
- Gather together in tidy piles what you want to pack. When done, go away and have a drink and a good hard think. Do you really need those 5 pairs of slacks, 6 pairs of shoes, 4 jackets and 5 handbags?
- Apply the golden rule. Pack half of what you intended to take! Mix and match. Going on holidays isn’t a sartorial elegance competition.
- Trust only shoes you’ve walked a few miles in. Don’t pack new shoes that risk giving you blisters.
- Place your suitcase on an elevated surface, to avoid bending over every five minutes as you start the task of packing.
- Hang ironed, crease worthy clothing on cheap wire hangers and sheaf in drycleaner or suit pack plastic. When you get to your destination, the garments will be greatly less creased!
- For all other clothes - roll and vacuum pack. Don't arrive at your holiday destination and be faced with a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out.
- Pack a power adaptor relevant to your destination and a small Australian power board. Then you’ll have a multiple Aussie power outlet.
- Wrap and pack your toiletries bag in a supermarket carrier bag. Limits leakage across your belongings.
- To prevent your pressed powder or eye shadow from cracking during your travels, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid. Pack gadgets such as cables and small stuff in ziplock bags to prevent loss. Pack a couple of sets of earplugs for the flight and to ensure a good sleep when in the proximity of snorers.
- Pack a tiny sewing kit, a corkscrew for take-out wine if headed to Europe/USA and a spare pair of spectacles. So many folk leave their reading or seeing glasses in the aircraft seat pocket.
- Keep prescription medication in your hand luggage and in the original packaging.
- Need some cellotape to wrap a gift? Where are you going to find that on a Sunday evening at your gasthof hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps? Use the sticky luggage tags on your baggage as emergency sticky tape!
- How to cope with lost luggage? Thankfully it doesn’t happen that often, but take good hand luggage containing a spare set of clothes.
When all else fails, shop! It's one of the true, enduring delights of travel: shopping in an unfamiliar place for items you need or might like, in shops you may not know, among items you don't recognise and along with locals you'd like to meet. You can always pretend you meant to do that all along.