Packing has strategy to it and unless you plan ahead it can be a particularly stressful chore. Consider what you want to take with you on your travels and what you need to take.

Limiting yourself when it comes to packing creates long term habits which will save you time and money. Here at The Flight Case Company we have five top tips to help you pack light.

 

 

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Know your limits

Check with your airline to understand what you are and aren’t allowed to take on board. Get the exact baggage measurements and weights too. Turning up at the airport to find your bag is too big or heavy is a nightmare that no one wants to deal with. Aim to pack below the limit too to avoid any potential issues. Just because there is a set figure it doesn’t mean you have to pack to match this. Be sensible with what you take.

 

Pack with a checklist

It seems silly to pack without a list. Sort out your checklist before you start packing to avoid throwing in unnecessary items. With a checklist you can be more ruthless and are less likely to put items in on a whim. When compiling the list ask yourself whether each item is really essential to the holiday or trip. Add figures to the list so that you know how many shirts, pants and trousers you will need. If you know you’ll be able to wash things whilst you’re away, make use of this service and pack less.

 

Wear your bulkiest items

If you are going away to a cold climate then a lot of suitcase space is likely to be taken up by bulky clothing. Instead of packing a coat, wear it on the flight. You can always take it off when you’re on board but this will save a significant amount of space in your suitcase. It is also recommended that switching to many layers of lightweight attire can actually keep you warmer than one hefty piece of clothing. A lot of proper thermal gear ranges aren’t bulky, and layers can be easily removed and added when needed.

 

 

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Roll don’t fold

A little packing tip that many people have grown to love is to roll clothes instead of folding them. Rolling surprisingly takes up less space than a stack of folded clothes. Just be sure to distribute the weight evenly by stacking the bulkiest items into the corner of the case. Of course for dressier attire that you don’t want to get creased, this should stay folded neatly and places at the top of your case.

 

Be wise with toiletries

Packing your full collection of toiletries can be tempting but they are really not needed. Sift through what you really can’t do without and leave the rest at home. It may be easier to actually buy certain basic toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner when you get there. Two-in-one solutions can save space as well. Pour liquids into smaller bottles regardless of whether they with be in your suitcase or hand luggage. No one needs to cart around a super-sized bottle of shower gel for a short trip!

 

Taking specialist equipment or electronic items with you when you travel doesn’t need to be hard. At The Flight Case Company we have a wide range of cases for Apple products, musical systems, sporting equipment, and more. Contact us for more information and read our blog for further travel advice.