How to pack more efficiently for a long haul trip

How to pack more efficiently for a long haul trip

You know that feeling. You are counting down to your vacation but there is one (major) thing left to do which you have been putting off. Pack! This is the one aspect of travelling that I least look forward to and having done two long haul trips in the space of a few weeks, here are some hints and tips on how to pack better.

The Suitcase

First things first. You need a good suitcase! I have been using the Antler Juno Suitcase and it has been a serious life saver when it comes to travelling. It has 2 compartments so you can easily separate your clothes into one part and everything else into the other.

It is available in different colours and I have it in a gorgeous purple shade. It has lovely curves and ridges and looks really good. Plus its very easy to spot on the baggage carousel.

In terms of design, it has a polypropylene shell which is tough and durable as well as very sturdy zippers.

The case has an in-built TSA combination lock, which is so easy to use but so secure. Plus it’s a breeze if you’re travelling to the USA so you don’t have to buy a separate padlock for your bag.

Its wheels make manoeuvring it a doddle and it is designed to be pulled along on all fours, which is certainly easier and less tiring as the weight of the bag is distributed.

Planning

Write in a book or a piece of paper, what your plans are for each day so you can match day and evening outfits accordingly.  Strictly pack only what you need with one contingency outfit which can double as either a day look or evening look. Take that book/paper with you as it will be so good to refer to when you have a brain freeze about what to wear.

Ditch those “just in case” items

Ask yourself : am I really going to wear this or need this? Be strict and remove anything which you are unlikely to use or wear. You will only return regretting having taken it in the first place!

Always check the weather forecast

This is a great indicator of the type of clothes you will need! No point wasting valuable suitcase space on clothes you are not going to be able to wear due to the temperatures or weather conditions.

Take an extra bag

I always take my Longchamp Le Pliage bag as it doubles up as a great day time or evening bag as well as a beach bag! It also doesn’t take up much space and is incredibly light.

Use space wisely

Whether it is cables inside sunglass cases, fragrances inside socks, use every imaginable space to pack your bits and bobs!  Roll your clothes and always put the heaviest items at the base of the suitcase first.

Depending on where you are going, you will appreciate the space if you purchase items from your destination to take back home.

Toiletries

This is my biggest weakness and an area I have had to be particularly strict about as they tend to be the heaviest items. I have invested in small plastic bottles which I fill up with my shampoo and conditioner. I collect mini versions of creams, face washes, as well as sachets of hair masks, face masks etc so I can treat myself to a pamper session while abroad.

Try and collect sachets and samples from magazines, beauty counters and snap them up when they are on offer in the supermarkets. You will be so pleased when you have a collection to choose from for your next travel destination.

I hope you find these tips useful!

For more information on the Antler Juno suitcase, go to https://www.antler.co.uk/collections/juno/juno-large-suitcase-teal

Mine is a large hard case suitcase in purple which retails at £139.00

I was sent a suitcase by Antler however all views, photos and opinions are my own and it is a seriously good suitcase!

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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