First of all, what you pack will depend greatly on the type of trip you are planning. But here is a general guide that can help you save space and pack smart.
- Check your airline’s regulations. In Australia, generally you are allowed one or two carry-on items up to around 7kg, though this is different across airlines around the world.
- Take a compact handbag and foldable light daypack. These can then be consolidated into your main bag when boarding.
- Consider, what do I REALLY need to bring? And cut back on what you first thought. Plan basic outfits with neutral colours so you can mix and match and think about layering.
- Plan shoes wisely. These can carry a lot of weight and take up space. If you are hiking, it is probably a good idea to wear your heavy hiking boots on the plane to save weight in your pack.
- Keep tech gear together. Use a clip or rolling technique to stop wires from tangling and keep them in a pouch.
- Downsize your toiletries. In general, it is a good idea to pop any liquids or creams into smaller containers – available in chemists and department stores – to save on space. International flights also place restrictions of around 100ml per container for carry on.
- Take smaller hair tools. If you can’t imagine travelling without them, you can find compact travel-sized hair tools or mini fold-out combs. Otherwise – embrace the ‘travel’ look!
- Carry a separate bag for dirty clothes. This can help keep them separate from clean clothes and makes the trip to the laundromat easier.
- Find a good hiding place for your spare credit, travel or debit card. Taking a spare card can be a good idea in case anything happens to your main card. Think about places within your bag where you could hide this (including in socks or a mint tin) and store your bag securely while you are out and about through the day.
- Look for a compact raincoat. This can be folded down to take up less space.
- Consider a travel towel. Small, highly-absorbent towels can reduce bulk in your pack.
- Pack some string. This could become a clothesline to help you clean on the go, meaning you can pack less clothing.
- Roll your clothes. This can help save space and potentially reduce creases.
- Stuff small items into shoes. These can include socks, underwear and anything else that fits.
- Consider packing cubes. These can be particularly handy for top-loading bags.
- Carry an empty water bottle. This can be filled up once you are past security and save you from buying water at the airport.
- Take photos of documents (where possible). This includes travel insurance details, itinerary and booking confirmations. When saving, make sure these are stored securely.
- Wear your bulkier items. This can save space in your bag, and a jacket can always double up as a pillow.
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