At the latest when a big holiday is just around the corner and it is not enough to just throw two or three outfits in your hand luggage, we all ask ourselves how to pack well and properly. The answer: The smartest way is with a checklist – and a lot of system.
Pack Your Bags: Think First & Write A-List
Just throwing clothes in your suitcase at random is rarely a good idea when traveling. Before you start packing, you should first think about what you actually need on site: What is the weather like at the holiday destination? What activities are on holiday? How often do you have to change clothes? A chic boutique hotel may require a nice dress for dinner, but definitely sturdy shoes for hiking. It also makes sense to check the hotel well before you travel: if the accommodation has a hairdryer in the room, for example, you don’t have to bring your own, which in turn saves space. If you now write a list and check off everything in order, you can be sure that you really don’t forget anything important.
Pack In The Right Order
Heavy objects such as books or shoes always go at the bottom of the suitcase, light clothes or blouses at the top. Anyone who takes this packing technique to heart not only prevents crumpled outfits, but also saves space.
Store Cosmetics Safely And Well
Spilled shower gel or perfume in your luggage is as annoying as it is unnecessary. But what reliably protects against this typical suitcase mishap? You are guaranteed to have the solution to the problem at home: cling film! Simply unscrew the cap from the shampoo or bottle, place some foil tightly over the opening and screw the cap back on. The foil is now guaranteed to keep the liquid where it belongs!
Don’t Go To The Limit
Never pack your suitcase full, especially when you go on vacation. Anyone who scratches the permitted maximum weight on the outward journey and has issues closing it is guaranteed to pay excess baggage on the return journey because one or the other souvenir always ends up in the suitcase. The alternative: Take a foldable, space-saving and light travel bag with you: You can fill it with holiday souvenirs if necessary and use it as hand luggage on the return journey.
Pad Shoes With Socks
Do you store pairs of shoes in plastic bags? Not a good idea, because firstly shoes are quite bulky as a pair and secondly they dent more easily. There is a different way of packing optimally: We recommend always placing sneakers & co. individually in the suitcase. Then you should fold your socks together and use them or other small items to pad your shoes – not only does this make optimal use of the space in your luggage, but the shoes also keep their shape. Extra tip: disposable shower caps (available in almost every hotel) are the perfect alternative to plastic bags as a hygienic cover for the soles of your shoes.