Wrap your toiletries (a bottle of perfume, for example) in a pair of socks, then place the whole thing inside your shoes. On your way home, place your shoes in a hotel freebie shower cap to protect your clothes. Get more tips on how to pack like a pro from this video below.
Cover the lids of your liquids with cling film before screwing on the cap to prevent nightmare leakages.
Most TVs in hotel rooms will have a USB port, so you can leave your wall plug phone charger at home and just pack the USB cable.
Use a plastic pill box (available from most pharmacies) to keep rings and earrings safe. Loop earrings through a button to keep them paired up, and thread chain necklaces through straws to prevent them tangling or knotting.
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Vacuum bags are a genius idea if you’re not very good at travelling light. Not only will they save space, if you pack neatly they’ll also help to minimise creasing.
If you’re taking a shirt on holiday, pack a belt into the collar to save space and help keep its shape.
Pack multi-use toiletries – shampoo can double up as laundry liquid, mix body lotion with sugar for a quick scrub and use aloe vera gel as a moisturiser and to calm sunburn, rashes, bites and stings.
Place a tumble dryer sheet or perfume cards from magazines in between layers of clothes to avoid any musty odours.
Photograph your suitcase and its contents after packing. If it goes missing you can show the photo to the relevant people, and have a record of what’s inside.
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