Tips for stress-free travelling

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WHETHER IT’S business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway exploring new places is exciting.

You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there’s one thing you dread, it’s packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how you can fit it all in.

Do you look with envy at clever travellers who seem to navigate airports with ease while only lugging a small carry-on? It’s because years of travel experience has taught them some packing tricks that make the process simple. Now you can use these same strategies to pack with ease no matter how near or far you plan to travel.

SELECT DOUBLE-DUTY CLOTHING ITEMS

Check the weather for your destination so you pack only items appropriate for the forecast. You won’t need that big sunhat if rain is coming. Want to take it one step further? Choose items that multitask. For example, a large scarf can be a stylish accessory and also be used as a blanket on the plane or at the beach.

PACK TOILETRIES STRATEGICALLY

If possible, only bring samples and travel sizes of items to save space. Then leave them behind at the end of the trip to open up luggage space to bring home mementos. To avoid luggage spills and explosions place toiletries in plastic bags or add plastic wrap to the tops before screwing on the cap.

FOLD TO PREVENT WRINKLING

To prevent wrinkles on delicate items, try wrapping them around soft, bulky items. For example, wrap a silk blouse or cotton trousers around a sweater. Avoid folding clothing any more than necessary. In fact, many people use a rolling method for packing clothes to save space and prevent wrinkles.

UTILIZE ODD-SHAPED ITEMS

Shoes take up a ton of luggage space, so strive to select no more than three pairs. and wear the heaviest or bulkiest pair while travelling. Place shoes along the sides or bottom to strengthen the bag and then stash items inside to maximize space (like socks, underwear and deodorant).

ELIMINATE MAKE-UP MAYHEM

Only take make-up essentials on a holiday and pack multi-use items such as a lipstick that can also be used as a blush. To prevent shadows and pressed powders from cracking, place a pressed cotton pad between the powder and the lid.

GRAB A FEW PLASTIC BAGS

One of the most versatile things you can bring on a trip is also one many people forget: resealable plastic bags. Whether you need a bag for bringing toys down to the pool, a place to put dirty clothes throughout your trip, or something to place that soggy swimsuit in before you check out of the hotel, plastic bags are your secret weapon.

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