PACKING to go on holiday is always a tough job, and your suitcase is never quite big enough for everything you want to squeeze in.
But an expert has shared her top tips for packing – warning people not to overthink it.
The Aer Lingus cabin crew member admitted that it can be all to easy to overpack, but said there’s no harm in underpacking for your trip sometimes – as there’s always going to be a shop at your destination.
And she first warned people not to forget the obvious ones, like a toothbrush.
She said: “Never overthink it, no matter where you go in the world, there’s always shops – you can always go and buy anything that you might have forgotten.”
She also warned holidaymakers to “never overpack,” but admitted she can fall victim to squeezing a pile of stuff into her suitcase also.
She said: “Never overpack. I say this, but even when I go on my own holidays with the kids and so forth, you nearly put everything but the kitchen sink in the suitcase.
“Just don’t overthink it.”
It comes after another packing expert has also revealed a free and easy dry-cleaning hack that will leave you with perfect luggage.
Lydia Mansel shared her top tips that could make preparing for your next holiday a total breeze.
The pro packer advises travellers to keep the large plastic bags their clothes come home in from the dry cleaners – as they could prove to be handy for future holidays.
Instead of lugging a travel steamer around, Mansel recommends storing delicate items such as cotton and linen in the plastic sleeve.
Items made from silk, wool, denim, and cashmere are less likely to wrinkle so these can be placed straight into your travel bag.
The packing expert says travellers should fold each piece of clothing as usual and place it inside a bag before stuffing it into their suitcase of a duffel bag.
This works because the bags will slide against each other, meaning cotton t-shirts and flowy linen garments won’t get stuck together and messily creased in transit.
And if the simplicity of this hack wasn’t enough – the best part, is that it’s completely free.
But if you don’t have a dry-cleaning bag, then bin bags and liners work just as well – as long as they’re unscented.
Although this hack is not 100 per cent fool-proof, it will substantially reduce the number and severity of creases in your holiday garments.
If you can’t find any plastic bags either, then even tissue paper can prevent your pieces from becoming littered with creases before your travels.
Layering your clothes with sheets of the thin paper will also stop them from rubbing against each other.
The pro packer dished out another tip which involves loosely rolling delicate items instead of folding them in the standard way.
Placing them on the top or outer portions of your travel bag of choice will also apply less pressure to the garments.
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One final tip is to unpack your outfits as soon as you arrive.
This means your clothes will stay folded and rolled for less time, resulting in fewer number of wrinkles.