Top tips for how to pack a suitcase.

Packing for a summer holiday can be incredibly stressful. The task of fitting all of your essentials into a limited amount of luggage can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re packing for the whole family!

It's important to make a list of everything you need to bring and prioritize items based on their importance. Start early, do not leave it till the night before and have a list.

If you’re planning a holiday, then this is your complete run down on how to get organised packing your suitcase:

1. Write a list of everything you would need for holidays in general and keep it in your suitcase. When it comes to packing, you can then start to tick off everything and know what is still left to get.

2. Lay everything out on the bed that you intend to take. Then reduce it! We always take too much so consider the type of holiday you are going on. Is it a sun, ski or walking holiday? These all need very different items.

3. Work out your outfits ahead of time – can you utilise one or two items of clothes in more than one outfit? This will help reduce the number of clothes you take.

4. Do not fold your t-shirts and clothes but try rolling them instead, they are generally not as likely to crease packed that way. Delicates would be the exception and a combination of rolled and folded is also usual.

5. Store underwear or small items in shoes.

6. If you are going to be living out of a case, use lightweight bags, pouches or even packing cubes. They allow you to separate categories and find things easily. You can also use them for the laundry to keep that together once worn. This means that you don't have to route to the bottom of the case to find things.

7. Decant products into small containers rather than take large bottles of things like shampoo and moisturiser or take travel size.

8. Keep footwear around the outer edges as it gives a bit of strength to the body of the case if it is not a hard body shell. They do get thrown around a bit! If there is a risk of polish transferring to clothes or you have jewels on them, consider putting them in little bags first.

9. Use a jewellery roll or small travel box for your jewellery. There is nothing worse than tangled chains.

10. Keep a small bag of those essential holiday items (such as phone chargers, plug adaptors etc) in your suitcase ready to go, that way you don’t have to go searching for them when the time comes to pack.

11. Wrap anything delicate in clothes or beach towels.

12. Get inexpensive glasses cases for your sunglasses if you don't have a case.

13. Use a tablet separator with days of the week on and fill it in advance rather than taking multiple tablets and vitamin supplement tubs.

14. Attach something to the handle of your case to recognise it on the conveyor belt if it is a standard size and colour and ensure there is an address label on it.

Phew! That’s a lot of things to do, but I find having this list so easy to then go step-by-step with what I need to next. I recommend printing this page out and ticking it off as you go. Hope it helps!

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