Expert packing tips and why people should avoid buying mini toiletries

Somehow it’s almost mid-June and we don’t really know where the time has gone.

And with it being half way through the year, that means one thing is coming up – yes, it’s the summer holidays.

Whilst some folk will be staying put or travelling a little closer to home without the need to jump on a plane, others will be jetting off into the sunset.

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Whilst the thought of laying by the beach and sticking on the sunglasses is exciting in itself, packing is also an exciting thought as you sit there and imagine what outfit you’ll wear each day and night.

However it can also cause stress whether it’s lack of room or the weight of the suitcase so in a bid to ease tension, a cleaning spokesperson Ivan Ivanov at End of Tenancy has listed five top tips that could make packing for your trip a whole lot easier!

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Rather than minis, try solid toiletries

Whilst it can be handy just to pop into the shops and buy a bunch of minis which you can throw away after using them and therefore no need to pack them again on the return journey, they still add weight to your luggage and space in your liquid bag.

To solve this problem, the cleaning experts suggest trying solid toiletries explaining: “Solid toiletries are definitely a fun and light-weight choice for travellers, especially families with kids. You can even put a packet of paper soap in your pocket that’s ready to use anytime.

“Lots of other great product choices are shampoo bars, deodorant travel sticks, solid perfume tubs and much more. These tubs and bars are much easier to keep tidy and save space, and of course prevent any liquid leaks.”

Pack ‘n roll

For travellers who are experienced in squeezing clothes for long trips or restricted flight sizes, whether to fold or roll your clothes is one of the biggest debates in packing.

If you’re used to folding your clothes, experts say you should try the other method explaining: “Rolling your t-shirts, dresses and pyjamas saves space and prevents wrinkles which is perfect for compact backpacks or small flight carry-on suitcases.

“It also gives you easy access to all your clothes at once, without going through the whole pile to find tonight’s pyjamas.”

Choose the right bag

If you want to upgrade your holiday bag and aren’t sure where to start, experts say you should think about the type of holiday you are going on.

They say: “Backpacks are much easier to carry for hiking, running to trains, taking into a cable car or fitting into taxis, but if you can’t narrow down your outfit options then it would be difficult to squeeze everything into a backpack.

“Suitcases allow your belongings to be more accessible and wrinkle-free. The added bonus of wheeling them also means they are better for travelling to resorts, or less-crowded cities.”

Use packing organisers

Packing cubes and ziploc bags are both handy options to sort out your clothes and cut down on space.

The experts explain: “They both do a great job in helping you pack and find things more easily, but the difference is how you want your layout to be. Ziploc bags can be squeezed easily and become flat to save space – usually preferred for clothes.

“Packing cubes, comparably, take up more space, but give a more durable and neat layout.”

Share your packing list

A lot of us have packing lists to ensure we know what we’ve got in our suitcase and what’s still to go in.

However a lot of people tend not to share their own lists with other members of the party who are also going on holiday which could lead to doubling up on unnecessary items such as toothpaste and shampoo.

To make life easier (and potentially get more room in your bag) the experts suggest: “Start now if you are not confident in remembering what to bring! Writing your list months before the trip allows you to add to it bit by bit every time you think of something. Try creating main categories to organise your list too.

“For example, you can order them by functions such as toiletries, clothes, medicines, or by activities such as things to bring for swimming, hiking, the spa, etc. Don’t forget to double check the list by looking through your room and see if there’s anything you might need.”