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10 space-saving hacks for packing your luggage

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Man’s best friend while he is travelling is certainly his bag or his suitcase. It is indeed his luggage that will carry and protect everything he might need while he is abroad. One must however be wary though not to over pack to the point of the luggage becoming cumbersome.   Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Here are a few tips to travel light and in an organised manner.

1. Know exactly what to pack

Choose clothing that will suit your travel plans best. Take into consideration the climate and the environment where you will be and make sure that you are not over packed.

2. Put things inside your shoes

Storing things in your shoes is key to optimisation of space in your luggage. Socks and undergarments can be squished in there. You then only have to pack them in a bag to prevent them from falling out. They can then be placed at the bottom the suitcase without being compressed and they will not lose their shape/form.

3. No folding! Roll them up instead!

Folding is for the crease-resistant clothing like T-shirts, sweaters and jeans.  For the softer fabrics that are more likely to crease, it is preferable to roll them up. The cylindrical roll takes up less room in a suitcase and maximises space. In the same vein, layering also helps in saving space.

4. Be prepared for souvenirs

Plan to bring along a digital camera and opt for a standard lens of 50 mm equipped with aperture. If you have room, also grab a wide-angle lens for the landscape. Even a compact camera can produce little masterpieces. Do not forget the backup battery, the power adapter for the charger and as a safety measure, an additional memory card.

5. Wear your bulky items, do not pack them

Wearing the large and heavy clothing gives the advantage of freeing space in your bag or suitcase. The heat they generate will protect you from the air-conditioning inside the aircraft, especially if the journey lasts for several hours. They can also be used as pillows during the travel.

6. Shawls and scarves can replace hefty jackets

They serve the same function as heavy cardigans but have the advantage of being lightweight and less bulky. Shawls weight only a few grams. The scarf is an ideal accessory when it is cold as it can be easily taken off and stored when it gets warmer.

7. Do not leave packing for the last minute

A trip must be planned well ahead of time so as not to leave anything behind and also not to find yourself helpless abroad. Planning ahead helps in not packing unnecessary items. It is better to have a to-do list for the trip. In this way, you will not be caught off guard at the last minute when you realise that the clothes you chose are dirty or that a few items have yet to be bought.

8. Protect your perfume bottles by placing them in your socks

Flasks and bottles of perfumes are breakable objects. Socks act like a cushion against shocks and prevent the fragrance of the perfume from spilling into the rest of the clothing and the shoes. Breakable objects can be protected with multiple socks if necessary.

9. Make use of travel-space bags

Travel space bags allow you to put your clothing under vacuum and hence to facilitate the preparation of your luggage. The suitcase can then be better organised and there will be room for more clothes. Certain travel-space bags do not even need a vacuum to operate and are ideal for travelling and to make room in the luggage for when you come back.

10. Store your mobile phone and laptop cables in an eyeglass case.

These can easily be folded and stored in an eyeglass case. The mobile phone and laptop cables can be conveniently safeguarded with pliable rubber strap which cling effectively and allow the cables to remain rolled up during the trip.