Thursday, 24 November 2016 18:37

Taking A Trip

My grandmother travelled quite a lot and always made packing look easy. She only ever had two pieces of luggage, a small suitcase and a large handbag. Her number one rule was “Don’t take more than you can manage on your own”. 

I thought you might find her packing tips useful! Here goes…

Before you start:

1. Consider the weather and the activities you will be doing
2. Buy travel-size containers and Ziploc bags for your toiletries and small items.
3. If you’re flying, check the regulations regarding onboard luggage
4. Make a checklist of everything you plan to take – clothes, shoes, toiletries, gifts, maps, adaptors and chargers and all trip details. Lay everything out.
5. With clothes, choose three colours that work together and change the look with accessories. Pack neutral shoes that will go with everything, so you won’t need so many.
6. Ensure all your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free. Button up, and close all zips.
7. Remember to clearly mark your luggage. Use a bright ribbon for quick identification and a label with your name and telephone number.

Keep all valuables, including your travel documents, in your hand luggage, as well as the following:

1. Small first aid kit, medication and travel-size toiletries
2. Small sewing kit, small mirror, and an extra set of underwear
3. List of contact details and numbers
4. A book, journal , cards or something to keep you busy
5. Earplugs and chewing gum – great on an airplane
6. Chargers for phones and cameras (My addition to the list!)

Packing the perfect suitcase:

1. Pack heavy items at the bottom closest to the wheels to avoid excessive wrinkling.
2. Roll your clothing to save space and prevent wrinkles – rolling with tissue paper works wonders for wrinkle-free garments at your destination.
3. Pack tightly. Fill shoes with socks, stockings and other small soft items.
4. Avoid over packing – abide by the old saying, ‘pack half of what you think you need and take twice as much money’!
5. Unpack at the other end as soon as you can. Hang very creased items in the bathroom while you shower. The steam will help get rid of wrinkles.
6. Keep a checklist with you so that when you pack up again you don’t forget anything.”


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