• Jo Hall

Travelling Light? - Top Tips for Summer Holiday Packing

Hand luggage vs checked in case - the biggest advantage of travelling only with hand luggage, is that there's no danger of it going missing en route! According to Direct Line travel Insurance, fewer than 6 in 1000 cases get lost by airlines, but you'd sure hate for yours to be one of those six! There'll also be no waiting around at the luggage carousel the other end, so you can beat the long taxi queue and get to the beach quicker!

Holiday capsule wardrobe - rather than finding the biggest case possible and filling it with as many clothes as you can cram in, why not try to plan ahead this year and take only what you're definitely going to wear?

You know how many days and nights you're going for and presumably you've done your research into what the weather's going to be like? Find out in advance how smart (or not) the area you are travelling to is in the evenings and whether or not you'll have access to a laundry service? Paying for a load of washing to be done mid holiday, may work out more cost effective than checking in a suitcase! Armed with all this information, you should be in a position to plan your holiday outfits before you leave and avoid taking a whole heap of clothes with you, that end up not being worn! One packing rule always worth keeping in mind is, only give valuable packing space to those items of clothing/shoes that work with at least two different outfits.

Folding & space savers - wear your heaviest/bulkiest items to travel in, that way you'll free up the maximum space for the rest your holiday packing. Pack shoes at the bottom of your bag. Fold and roll all your clothes (see photo above). Not only does this save valuable space, but it avoids unnecessary creasing. Need (or prefer) to take your own pool or beach towel? Hammam towels are perfect for this as not only do they dry quickly, and double up as a sarong, they're also lightweight and easy to roll up and fit into a small space in your bag. The Wendy House has a great stock of these (Hand towels £10 - £11, Large towels £17- £21 (depending on weight).

Love reading on holiday, but hate carrying a bag full of heavy books? Listening to audio books on your phone via Audible might be just be the thing for you. Alternatively many hotels and resorts now have a book swap system, enabling you to leave the book you've read and choose something new.

Refillable toiletries & reusable make up remover pads - if you have any of those little toiletries from hotels lying around, now's the time to use them up. If you're not so keen on what's inside them (or they're past their best), wash them out and fill them with products you do like. These minis are the perfect size to get through airport security in your hand luggage. Re usable make up pads are something I'm doing differently this year. Since my last summer holiday I've stopped using wet wipes of any kind, so that includes make up remover wipes. I've switched to reusable make up remover pads, with cleansing lotion (re usable make up pads available from The Wendy House).

Empty water bottle - avoid buying an overpriced, single use, bottle of water at the airport (and throughout the rest of your holiday) by taking your own refillable water bottle with you. Just don't forget to take it to the airport empty and refill it the other side of security. Many airports worldwide are now offering a free water bottle refill service, use Water at Airports to check availability before you travel.

Bon voyage and have fun in the sun!

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