Whether you’re off on a city break or a long-haul summer holiday, ironing is the last thing you want to be worrying about when you’re away.
Here at White Stuff, like good boy scouts, we always like to be prepared. Want to know how to pack luggage without wrinkles and what clothes to pack for holiday to save on space? Follow our four steps to packing perfection:
to pack light
Whether you're jetting off or opting for a summer staycation, we all need a few holiday packing tips when it comes to saving space. So when choosing travel clothing, opt for lightweight fabrics like linen, cotton and viscose (we're looking at you linen dresses, cotton tops and cropped jeans!).Plan your travel outfit.
Sure, you might be tempted to pack that jacket or cardi for the return flight, but by wearing it to travel in you're not only saving precious packing space, you can use it to combat the chilly air-con on the plane. And you’ll be glad of a lightweight scarf for the same reason – it’ll double up as an evening wrap when the night gets chilly. Plus, it’s easy to stow away in your hand luggage.
Forget everything you've ever learnt about folding clothes and become an expert roller. Not only is it a serious space saver, but rolling is the best way to avoid wrinkling in your clothes – no iron required!
• Starting with ironed clothing (yes, really!), fold in excess fabric like sleeves so you're left with a manageable shape to roll.
If it's a wider item like a dress, then it can be handy to fold it lengthways down the middle too.
• Begin rolling down from the top, making sure to squeeze the fabric as tightly as possible as you go. Balling up freshly ironed clothes may feel illogical but once you've seen the results, we bet you'll never fold your travel clothing again!
• When you're done with the rolling, secure with elastic bands to keep each item tightly packed with no room for creases – hello wrinkle-free travel clothes!
Aside from making sure you have all your documents and travel money, always double check your bags before you leave. Sticking with hand luggage when you fly can save the costs of checking bags and avoids the tedious carousel collection on arrival, but there are some things to remember if you're only taking a carry-on:
• Your bag must fit within specific dimensions (always check with your individual airline as this changes from one to another), and there are also limitations to exactly what you can take on board a plane.
• Liquid containers can hold no more than 100ml, so try buying clear containers and decant your must-have beauty products into these travel sized bottles.
• Prepare for the journey. A stress-free trip should run smooth right from the off, but keeping the kids in a confined space can definitely be difficult! Try taking a pillow, packing some snacks and remembering something to keep them entertained – a (fully charged) iPad with their favourite cartoons and games is often a winner.
• Plan your outfits to include a hero piece perfect for multiple wears
• Let lightweight travel clothes take centre-stage
• Fold, roll and squeeze – and remember rubber bands for the secret to no-iron packing
• Invest in 100ml bottles to downsize your toiletries and for carry-on luggage
• Measure (and weigh if necessary) your carry-on to ensure it fits the requirements of the airline
Get ideas on the perfect holiday capsule wardrobe for beach, family or staycation breaks here.
What's your favourite packing secret?
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