Essential tips for packing your suitcase

Purple suitcase in a home with a hat hanging from the handle | How to pack a suitcase for holiday | Tesco Living

Try these genius packing hacks and space-saving tricks for a quick get-away.

Packing pro

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.

Liquid spills

Cover the lids of your liquids with cling film before screwing on the cap to prevent nightmare leakages.

Take charge

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.

Box clever

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.

Suck it up

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.

Belt up

If you’re taking a shirt on holiday, pack a belt into the collar to save space and help keep its shape.

A folded shirt with a belt wrapped in the collar | How to pack clothes in a suitcase | Tesco Living

Multitask

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.

Stay fresh

Place a tumble dryer sheet or perfume cards from magazines in between layers of clothes to avoid any musty odours.

Picture perfect

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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