With border restrictions starting to relax and travel regulations easing, holidays are back on the cards now. But let’s be real, after almost 2 years of not travelling and sitting at home in your lounge wear, you could do with a few tips.
Here are a few travel hacks to get back into the groove before your next holiday!
- Luggage allowance
Before you start packing, make sure to check how much luggage you are allowed to carry. Airlines will usually give you a weight limit either in pounds or kilograms. If you’re travelling by train, consider how much luggage you could carry around and fit on the luggage racks provided. Even when driving, it is important to think about the number of people travelling and how much boot space your car has to offer.
2. Check the weather
Chances are the weather where you’re going will be slightly different from the weather back home. Make sure to have a look at the weather forecast and pack appropriately for the sun, rain or snow. Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction so an extra cardigan or waterproof jacket is always a good idea.
3. Layers! Layers! Layers!
Even the warmest destinations can present you with chilly nights; and cold days can feel warm when the sun is out. Carrying layers is not only a smart way to pack, but also the easiest way to be prepared for the changing weather. Cardigans and hoodies make for good extra layers. Additionally, if you’re travelling to a cold country in the winter don’t forget to pack a thermal base layer.
4. Comfort is key
Make sure the shoes you’re taking with you are broken in, and comfortable; and pack clothes that you have worn before and you are genuinely comfortable in. Especially after spending the last few months in comfortable clothes, you don’t want to have to cancel plans or turn down experiences because you aren’t comfortably dressed.
5. Bring only your most versatile pieces
With limits to luggage space and weight, it is important to carry versatile pieces that you can rewear with different outfits. An easy rule of thumb is to pack 1 pair of blue jeans and 1 pair of black jeans/trousers so you can dress up or down for any occasion. Based on the weather where you’re going, a smart pair of trainers or boots is an easy choice for shoes that are good for walking but also appropriate in whatever situation your travels might bring you.
6. Leave room for more
Chances are you will want to bring a souvenir home from your travels, or you might find something you like. Always leave room for more because chances are you will be travelling home with more than what you left with.
There is no perfect packing guide, but keeping these tips in mind will ensure you are well prepared and appropriately packed for your next holiday. Packing is an integral part of travelling; so remember to have fun with it!