7 space saving tips for packing your family luggage

November 19, 2018
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    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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  • Plan, plan, plan
    2 / 8 Plan, plan, plan

    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!

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  • Roll, don’t fold
    3 / 8 Roll, don’t fold

    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.

    Related: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore themed family suites: Staycation that’s a kid’s dream come true

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  • Use vacuum-sealed storage bags
    4 / 8 Use vacuum-sealed storage bags

    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.

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  • Every little tiny space matters
    5 / 8 Every little tiny space matters

    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.

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  • Bring travel-sized samples
    6 / 8 Bring travel-sized samples

    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.

    Related: Family travel hacks: Visit Maldives on a budget

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  • Out with the old, in with the new
    7 / 8 Out with the old, in with the new

    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.

    Related: Family volunteer vacation: What you must know

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  • Leave extra pairs of shoes behind
    8 / 8 Leave extra pairs of shoes behind

    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.

    (Photos: 123RF.com and Shutterstock)

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