Learn the art of packing for your family vacation. We have quick tips to help you maximise the suitcase space when travelling with your children.
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2 / 8 Plan, plan, planLoad more
Scan through your itinerary and plan what you and your kids are going to wear each day to avoid bringing more (or less) than what you need.
Your best bet? Basics that can be easily interchanged with each other so you’d get more mileage with each piece. No extra sets of clothes “just in case”, and no “I forgot to bring my swimsuit” accidents!
3 / 8 Roll, don’t foldLoad more
This is the best way to maximise space. Roll your clothes up into tight tubes and stack them up. Avoid bringing pieces that will crumple easily — go for knits, wool, and cotton materials instead. This way, you can roll them up without worrying about creases.
Tip: Pick clothes that are not too bulky, and slot your swimsuits, underwear, pyjamas and workout clothes in the leftover nooks and crannies to save more space.
4 / 8 Use vacuum-sealed storage bagsLoad more
If you are heading to a winter destination and you have to lug along heavy puffer jackets, consider purchasing inexpensive vacuum-sealed storage bags (you can easily get them from Daiso).
Suck out the air and watch your jackets shrink into flat pancakes that you can easily pack into your luggage.
5 / 8 Every little tiny space mattersLoad more
Regardless how tiny it is, space is space. Small gaps – like the insides of your shoes – can be used to store useful items such as your socks, earphones, charging cords, a tiny box containing accessories such as earrings and necklaces, and more.
6 / 8 Bring travel-sized samplesLoad more
Start accumulating samples from promoters and use the miniature bottles for your trip by filling them up with products such as shampoo, facial wash and body wash. Even small contact-lens cases can be used for lotions and creams.
When you’re done, toss them, and you’ll instantly free up room for more travel loot. Bonus: It’s also a great way for you to test out new products.
7 / 8 Out with the old, in with the newLoad more
Instead of throwing away garments that are worn and have holes, keep them for your travel pyjamas and toss them away at the end of your trip.
This way, you’re able to lessen your load of dirty laundry and save more space for more new clothes.
8 / 8 Leave extra pairs of shoes behindLoad more
While you may be tempted to pack extra pairs of shoes just so you can snap more hipster-looking #IHaveAThingForFloors cool shots, we suggest leaving those behind.
You’re only adding unnecessary weight to your luggage. Take the chance (and space) to buy new shoes overseas!
Keep to just two pairs for your trip — a casual pair for walking and a more formal set. If you’re hiking, wear those bulky shoes to the airport.
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