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Packing for Vacation: A Guide

Packing for a vacation is every-one's nightmare, although many of us love to travel, very few of us love to pack! Packing usually comes at a bad day too - people often finish work one day and fly the next, or even later that night! Packing is squeezed into the time between, when you tend to be at your most stressed. Knowing how to manage your Vacation Packing List is critical. As with most things - if you have a plan things will be easier and less-stressed - I'm sorry I can't promise stress free! Efficient packing should ideally mean that you return from holiday having used everything you took more than once! So lets start with what to take.

Top Tips to Pack: What to Take

Clothing

  • Choose clothes appropriate for the climate. If you are going somewhere warm and leaving a cold climate consider leaving a set of warm clothes in the car if you are leaving it at the airport, or with friends if you are being collected.
  • Stick with one basic colour scheme preferably a dark one which won't show marks and wrinkles so much.
  • Make clothing items do double duty, men's shorts can be double as swimming trunks, a woman's tankini top can be an evening top. A shirt can layer over a dress in place of a jacket.
  • Take multiple thinner items which can be layered instead of one bulky heavier piece. Thermal underwear is fantastic for cooler climates.
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  • A sarong can be the most useful item you take doubling as a skirt, dress, shawl, beach towel, top sheet and a tablecloth. You can even use it as a bag in a pinch!
  • Shoes are always difficult: heavy and bulky. Try to wear your heaviest/bulkiest pair on the plane. I try to limit myself to 3 pairs: a pair comfortable for walking extended distances, a pair of sandals or flip flops and a dresser pair for evening!

Other Items

  • A travel alarm if you don't have the function on a watch or cellphone that you are taking with you.
  • Prescription medicines and a copy of the prescription in case you loose your bags. If you need glasses to see make sure you have a back up: an old pair, contacts or prescription sunglasses.
  • Toiletries: take a minimum. If you are only going on a short trip take sample sizes or buy small containers and decant some to take with you. If, however, you are traveling for a long time then don't take 6 months supply - you can buy almost anything anywhere these days.
  • Liquid soap and shampoo can be used interchangeably - you don't need both. You can buy solid shave soap which is lot more compact than carrying a shaving foam aerosol.
  • If flying don't take brand new bottles of liquid - the liquid will expand slightly as the lower pressures on the plane and leak - use each bottle once to avoid this problem. Creams and aerosols are OK.
  • Make sure your toiletries bag is actually waterproof - a surprising number aren't and bottles do break.
  • Credit cards -preferably two in case one is lost or broken or eaten by the ATM.
  • Details of your insurance policy. Important phone numbers or email addresses of medical specialists, family, work, anyone you may need to contact if something occurs to delay your return.

What Not to Pack!

  • Anything you are taking "just in case". If you happen to get a last minute invite to the Queen's Garden Party in England ladies will need a hat - take the opportunity to go shopping!
  • A cellphone unless you know it work at your destination and you know what the roaming charges are.
  • Anything electronic unless you are sure you can plug them in / charge them at your destination.
  • Anything you are sentimentally attached to or is particularly jewellery - you may have it stolen but far more likely you may just misplace it or leave it behind.
These ladies will sell you a cheap bag if you need it!

These ladies will sell you a cheap bag if you need it!

Top Tips for Packing for an Overseas Vacation

  • If you are used to the US generous luggage allowances on planes beware that on most overseas flights not departing/arriving in the US you are restricted to 20kg per a passenger. Trust me that is not very much, fortunately you are not moving overseas permanently!
  • Remember that if you bring anything that needs electricity e.g. hairdryer,electric razor, camera battery charger, you may need to bring adaptors as well. Do you really need to carry the item: even a cheap hotel often provides a hair-dryer and iron on request. Can you use disposal replacements for razors or batteries?
  • Baseball caps and tracksuits scream "American Tourist" - if you want to blend in consider alternatives.
  • Clearly mark your luggage with a distinctive tie or other mark so you can retrieve it easily from the luggage carousel.
  • Be familiar with the security restrictions for carry-on items particularly fluids. However make sure that you carry essential items such as prescriptions with you, in quantities that will see you through 48 hours if your luggage is mislaid.
  • Make sure you carry on to the plane your ticket, or E-ticket receipt, passport and a pen - you will invariably have to fill in an arrival form and customs declaration form - which are normally distributed in flight.
  • Consider local customs when choosing cloths: don't pack shorts and singlets, regardless of your sex, if you are traveling to the Middle East or other Muslim countries such as Indonesia Malaysia and Turkey. You won't be allowed into key churches in European countries including Italy and Spain dressed in them either.

What Luggage to Take it all In

  • Having decided what you are taking on holiday then choose the appropriate luggage, not the other way around.
  • Your bag should fit what you need to take, don't pack to fill your bag. Decide on how much you will need to carry your bag :are you hoping on and off European trains, or unpacking once of a cruise vacation? Are you most physically capable of carrying a bag on your back, across your shoulder, or pulling it along.
  • People with bad backs assume that a roll-along will be best - not necessarily - you end twisting to pull a bag along which can be agony. Consider instead a well fitting, comfortable backpack which is a) not too heavy and b) backed correctly so the weight is carried on the hip belt and through the back of your legs.
  • Over the shoulder bags are quick and convenient but again not good for long distance carrying when heavy. How much space do you have at home to store your bag when its not being used :soft-sided luggage will take a lot less room than a backpack. However a backpack or duffel back are poor and preventing wrinkles in our clothes.
  • Any soft sided bag can be more vulnerable to theft than a rigid, locked suitcase. A rigid suitcase will probably give the best protection for delicate items - but seriously consider why you need to take anything delicate.

What luggage to Bring Home

What you took you might be thinking? Normally though I return with quite a lot more than what I left with! Although I normally travel light, I invariably come back with more luggage than I left with. If you plan to do some shopping on vacation, delay it until the end of he trip and then just buy a bag along with your purchases. This saves you from carrying an over large bag in the first place In many countries where there are excellent buying opportunities for those with US$ there is a secondary industry of bag suppliers. I must say to date none of the bags purchased to date have actually survived more than the trip home but they have made the trip home OK

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How to Pack your Bags

  • Before you start lay everything out on a spare bed or other space so that you can see it all. Now might be a good time to reassess what you actually need to take!
  • Start collecting items a few days early - particularly if you are taking out of season clothing this is easy to do. If you are taking items you are regularly wearing it will remind you to add them to the pile as you launder them and to stop you accidentally wearing them before departure! Remember that what you are wearing on departure day is included in the pile too!

Tips for Packing a Backpack

  • To get the correct weight distribution heavier items should be near your back and higher in the pack.
  • Use plastic bags or packing cubes to keep similar items together.
  • Pack electronic and breakables near the centre padding them with clothing. Putting small items inside socks can work.

Packing a suitcase

  • Place heaviest items at the bottom, especially for pull along bags this adds stability.
  • Pack fragile items towards the centre.
  • Fold similar clothes together e.g. all trousers, all shirts folded together to minimise creasing and pack efficiently

What to Carry on the Aircraft

  • Check what is provided by the airline before taking a lot of stuff on board. Many international airlines, particularly Asian carriers, provide an enormous number of TV channels, movies and audio options, even in coach class. There is no point bringing the DVD player or Ipod on board with them! Others typically American carriers and budget airlines provide nothing, but entertainment can be hired for a reasonable fee -which might save you carrying a DVD player all trip just to entertain the kids for the return flight!
  • Also check for food and drinks service - same applies - its struggle not to over-eat on airlines such as Singapore Air, Cathy Pacific and Thai
  • Be cautious of bringing food on flights into Australia and New Zealand, there are substantial fines for importing banned items, even inadvertently, they take their agriculture industry seriously there.
  • Carry on sufficient clothing in case your luggage goes AWOL for 24 hours. If you are going to a beach location or a hotel with a pool you might want to include your swimsuit as well
  • Carry on essential prescription medicines and their prescriptions, spare glasses if you need them. A book or two in case of delays.
  • If you are taking a laptop you will need to carry it on Also make sure that you can power it up if you are requested to do by security. If you have a camera or video I carry those on two just to protect them from damage or theft

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Other Tips before Leaving Home

  • Arrange for mail to be held or collected by neighbours. Let your neighbours know if you are going to be away.
  • Inform your insurance company you are going to be away - you can void your policy if you leave the house unoccupied without telling them.
  • Think about any bills that may come due while you are away and make arrangements - you don' want to come home to discover the power has been cut off!
  • Check the fridge / kitchen for perishables and dispose of them. Take the garbage out!
  • Clean- there is nothing worse that coming back to a dirty house - especially if you are already depressed about coming home! Even better arrange for cleaning service while you are away!
  • Arrange for suspension of services you are paying for but won't be using: pay-TV, broadband Internet and the 2 obvious ones.
  • Consider your home's security - consider a timer to turn lights on/off, ask neighbors to park their car in your drive, use your washing line. Arrange for a security patrol. Inform your security monitoring company that you will be away. Leave an emergency contact number with key people.

Packing Lists and Resources

  • Using A Packing List : One Bag
    Based on 25 years experience traveling this is the ultimate travelling light site. Includes a useful interactive packing list which covers any trip from 6 months backpacking to a 7 day resort vacation.
  • Rick Steves' Europe: Rick's Packing List
    Rick Steve's site complements his famous European guide books and tours. Includes a useful packing list for those traveling light or independently in a temperate climate such as Europe.
  • Independent Traveler Packing List
    This site is well worth a look for its many practical travel articles. It includes not only a packing list but also a how to pack section.
  • Frommers: Packing List for Traveling with Kids
    Frommers is a classic travel book publisher who pitches to the middle of the road market. Their packing list is, unsurprisingly pitched to the same audience including some useful tips for packing for kids.
  • Vacation Packing List
    About.com has some truly excellent information on every conceivable topic. Here is there packing list for honeymooners. For him, her and us!

Specialist Packing Resources

Comments

torrilynn on February 20, 2013:

great tips and techniques on what to pack when you are traveling and also mentioning what is the most important things to pack. thanks.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on February 20, 2013:

Very useful tips and information. Thank you for sharing.

Esther Strong from UK on September 15, 2012:

I agree, excellent guidelines - expecially about clothes doubling up. I have a "master" list which I use everytime I travel, rather than create a new list each time. Helps me not to miss out any essentials (although I have to admit I tend to take too much). Thumbs up and useful.

Karina from Edinburgh on August 23, 2012:

Some really good advice. I need to keep it somewhere. Makes packing really organized. Useful and voted up!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 27, 2012:

Great tips! I think you wrote everything that a traveler like me needed to know. Awesome! Thanks for SHARING.

Stacy on February 20, 2012:

I really enjoyed reading this website and comments from others. The information provided on this website has really helped me prepare for my upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic. I'm not a seasoned traveller so any tips help! In the future I hope to have the means, time and money to travel abroad more often. Thanks again for the useful info.

yoliee on February 12, 2012:

I'm turning 50 this year, I've been travelling since I was

sixteen, backpacking. Now I use suitcases but one thing regardless of any country you visit. Its always nice to look well put together, I usually pack clothes that I don't mind giving away so I donate them and I've also traded my sweaters or blouses for items. I've made many friends and memories. all that stuff on the list,check carefully you really don't need to carry your blowdryer!!

Have a nice trip to everyone, life is short.

Yelha Bhutan Tours & Travels from Thimphu.Bhutan on February 03, 2012:

awesome tip!.Thanks

Cassie on January 10, 2012:

Some good tips, but i don't know how you couldn't pack a cellphone or some jewellery? its not a huge space waster.

a watch, and a nice bracelet and a couple of necklaces.

Who wants to go on holiday and come back to show pics of themselves looking mediocre? i can understand the no jewellery if its like a trip to a place you are like camping or tramping, but to a country like Sydney or a city most people want to look good, as it helps them to feel good. I have personally just come back from Oz and am about to go again, i am a regular traveller and believe in a good sturdy suitcase, it means that there's less risk of it being tampered with or broken. Just my personal opinion of a teenager.:) Apart from that - a good hub :)

villasandhomes on January 03, 2012:

Very good tips on how to pack your suit case when going on a holiday..Thanks for sharing..

burak on November 22, 2011:

``Consider local customs when choosing cloths: don't pack shorts and singlets, regardless of your sex, if you are traveling to the Middle East or other Muslim countries such as Indonesia Malaysia and Turkey.`` what a stupid tip for readers.I wonder if the author have ever been to Turkey in his life time? In summer season almost everyone wears shorts and singlets in seaside cities in Turkey.

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on September 01, 2011:

You can never get enough tips for packing, you have listed all I could ever think of and more. Actually my wife always does the packing, she has a magical way of fitting a house into a suitcase. Thanks for sharing, I will pass this along to her just in case she missed something. Voted Up and Useful!

/Jenny on August 10, 2011:

Great hints and ideas for travelling light. My tip: I always put each shoe in a fragranced nappy bag. It means my clothes don't pick up "shoe smells". My husband's shoes are too big for nappy bags so we tuck a nappy bag or two in each shoe. Shoes are then put in plastic bags. They are not in there long enough for a fungus to form!

Kate Swanson from Sydney on July 22, 2011:

Revisiting this one as we're off to Europe again in a couple of months.

I made the mistake of buying a rollalong duffle bag for my last trip. I do like rollalongs - I have a bad neck so backpacks aren't good for me, even good ones. However, the duffle bag design is stupid because it won't stand on its end - means you have to lay it down every time you stop! I may just persevere with it for one more trip then dump it if and when I see something better at a good price!

Obscure_Treasures from USA on July 20, 2011:

Awesome Hub.jst loved reading it.It has been days since I have gone fr a long vacation.meed 1 fr sure.Shall keep in mind the options mentioned by U.

CondoLux Rentals from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina on June 15, 2011:

Excellent advice! How thorough too! I love this one. "Baseball caps and tracksuits scream 'American Tourist' - if you want to blend in consider alternatives." haha

As far as marking your luggage, we also put a piece of blue painters tape wrapped around both the handles a few times. Makes it easy to distinguish our luggage. Maybe I shouldn't have said that though. I might pick up the wrong bag!

jordan heels girl on June 13, 2011:

I’ll post a link to this page on my website. I’m sure my visitors will think of this post very informative.

Really interesting article to read on.. I am really impressed with this article. Looking for more info.

Packing for dummies on May 28, 2011:

You should never pack shoes in plastic, pack in old socks. To pack in plastic only encourages fungus. Never check medications, take your whole trips worth on board with you, not only can your get stuck somewhere due to weather and not have access to your luggage, sometimes luggage not only gets delayed, it actually gets lost. Always pack what can be replaced in checked luggage, and what can't be replaced take on board with you.

toilet flapper on April 04, 2011:

excellent, a very handy tips.

WhitneyNZ from Christchurch, New Zealand on April 01, 2011:

Great tips!

janine drake on March 19, 2011:

excellent! very insightful! we will be executing some of these tips. we are traveling with 4 children, and our parents,however not going on a plane. these tips are going to help us! thank you!

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on February 16, 2011:

Great tips.

Newdad0610 on October 19, 2010:

helpful hub- thank you

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on September 28, 2010:

White trousers LOL - I don't wear those at home! Hanging space - you obviously spend a lot more accommodation than I d do! I guess your suggestions would work so long as you had a porter or 2 to carry all the junk! I don't need clothes and jewelry to feel great - in fact I would never carry jewelry anywhere!

Resort Goer on September 28, 2010:

I have traveled for extended periods all over the world, and I have some advice for women going to tropical resorts. Do not stick to dark colors and forget the sarongs, they get all wrinkly, are a pain to tie on, and look like a sack. It is best to carry tropical colored tops with white capris, which can be mixed and matched beautifully. Pack these with bikinis with coordinating coverups and dresses for night. Get a suitcase where you can hang dresses in the top section, and use the extra room there to bring hangers in a thick bag (include ones with clips). Hotels will not have enough, and you want to keep your clothes/dresses fresh and easy to get at. Pack shoes in plastic bags and put them in front of your day clothes - get one pair of clear acrylic heels, they go with everything. Also, pack one hat for the beach to protect your face and eyes and look gorgeous! For bras, panties, and bikinis, put them in freezer bags. Then, pack jewelry and makeup using separate clear bags, snack bags are useful also. The fact is, if you plan every day and nights' clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry and makeup, you will have just enough, and the proper way to store your things. For resort-going and honeymooning, you'll be photographed often, and you will really regret choosing convenience, t-shirts, sarongs and the same old black dress. Make it special so you'll feel great! It's amazing what you can bring with one large suitcase, and forget about the whole "go small" routine. Go smart and beautiful instead!

Coach Outlet on August 31, 2010:

Thanks for sharing your traveling imformation!

TheDisneyVacation on August 28, 2010:

Yeah, don't forget health insurance, it may be needed.

Karen Bell from Gilbert, Arizona on July 09, 2010:

Don't forget to get international health insurance before you go.

jess on July 08, 2010:

thanks so much just another tip... mainly to people who tend to over pack or pack for Armageddon (like me) pack everything that you THINK you need. remove half yes HALF of everything from your suitcase or backpack, pick and choose dont just wipe out all of one side. Then count how many items you removed. put back half and put the remaining fourth of your items back away. it helps me so much... :)

good luck;

Jess

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on July 08, 2010:

I've just searched out this hub so that I can add a link from our hub "how to unpack after your vacation".

Re-reading your hub I can see why I remembered it. I especially like the list of things to do before your leave home, including 'clean'. You are right, coming home to a dirty house is very depressing.

Courtney Mann on June 29, 2010:

Another important thing to remember to pack is a copy of your personal medical record and your family's medical records. When traveling you are far away from your doctor's office and there is no guarantee that your records will be available in case of an emergency. Be sure to purchase a medical records system that can easily travel with you and the information is accessible from anywhere in the world. The LifeGuard30 system functions in any emergency and anywhere in the world. Have peace of mind when it comes to your health safety when traveling.

vballkel from Michigan on June 14, 2010:

Great tips! I use a lot of those tips when I travel, like cleaning the house before I leave! It's awful to come home to a mess! Also agree about taking the prescriptions on the plane and not checking them. Saw you over at KWA and thought I'd check your hubs out.

freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on June 02, 2010:

LOL! I live in sarongs in summer, have one in nearly every colour , They are very handy !

Brumnick on April 28, 2010:

Great tips Lizzie - just got back from a world trip and you got it just about right!

UMM on April 26, 2010:

Horrible list! Don't pack a cell phone?! Moving on to the next website..

Happy Face on April 08, 2010:

Sorry have to correct a tiny mistake author made. In Malaysia one can definitely wear shorts an singlets as long as you are not a Muslim.

Taylor on April 01, 2010:

Thanks for sharing your travel tips Lissie!

I'm seriously soooo scared of packing for my UK, Europe, America trip. I'm from Sydney Australia & i have ALOT of clothes and accessories. Does anyone have some tips for me for travelling to those countries??

Lizzy Paris on March 03, 2010:

This is a great list! I always have problems with the "just in case" items you spoke of in the article. It is the "just in case" items that make me pay the extra $50 to check my extra bags.

guest on February 22, 2010:

tips that you give very good, Thank you for sharing your traveling ideas!

gojack on February 22, 2010:

tips that you give very good, Thank you for sharing your traveling ideas!

ekowahyu on February 18, 2010:

thanks for your tips for packing on vacation its very helpful so later if i want to get vacation i will remember your tips thanks

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on February 09, 2010:

very useful information. when i travel, i try to list down all the things i need before packing so that i wont't forget anything that is essential and I usually pack 2 weeks before i travel. when packing, rolling your clothes into a cylindrical shape saves a lot of space.

Abby on January 01, 2010:

Thanks heaps, i'm about to leave Aus to go to Brazil for 12 months in 21 days!!! i was just starting to freak out over packing(this is my first overseas trip since i was 6! and my first trip without my family). This article helped me out so much, i still havnt actually packed but i think i have finished my list : ) ha ha

karacanuck from Canada on December 17, 2009:

some great tips for packing ... which I passionately hate. For these are definitely stress reducers.

Bridgesan from United Kingdom on December 11, 2009:

Thank you for sharing your traveling ideas!

johnmce from Brighton, UK on October 30, 2009:

my packing tip - roll clothes, don't fold. You can pack much more in that way

Auckland Hotels on July 17, 2009:

Before leaving home, perhaps arrange for regular email contact with friends or family members, to check up on your home, or for contact if any issues that may occur. But also set up/use a second email account (web based), e.g. Gmail, in case your primary email account/ISP becomes inoperable.You may want to upload copies of documents or important contact numbers online at a secure host site or your email account (as an attachment) for possible reference. You might lose credit cards, drivers' licence, etc, when overseas, but having instant online access to their documenation may help for processing purposes if required.

Vince on June 17, 2009:

Great tips thanks! Two thumbs up.

WillPower from Indiana on June 06, 2009:

Lisse you've made some excellent travel suggestions thanks for the informative tips

Renata on May 19, 2009:

Hello, im Renata and im Indonesian..jus wanna say that its actually really okay if u wear shorts/singlets or tanktops in Indonesia especially in Jakarta (the capital city of Indonesia).

Yeah its a Muslim country here but is not extreme and sure lots of Christians too here.

:)

LondonGirl from London on March 05, 2009:

great list!Unless you are going into the back of beyond, reassure yourself that all you really need is your passport, ticket, and some money (-:

Alissa on February 27, 2009:

This is so comprehensive. Amazing information! I am coming to the US for my first time this year, and am so nervous about coming through security, but hopefully these tips will help me know what to expect!

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on January 06, 2009:

Thanks for the kind comments - Alibi - that's great to know that you found this via google and that it helped! No its not a book - Ihave travelled for years - it wasn't that hard to write! Maybe I should turn it into a book and sell it on the interent LOL

KrisC on January 06, 2009:

wow. you nailed it. thanks!

Alibi on January 06, 2009:

There are lots of ADDvantages to being an ADDult with ADD ... but if there is one single scenario that will send me into a corner rocking and sucking my thumb, it's packing for a trip.

It challenges almost all the manifestations and symptoms: Focus, procrastination, decision-making, impulsivity, organization, orderliness, forgetfulness and, of course, overwhelm.

That's where I was earlier today until, in one of my procrastination moments, I was playing on my laptop and decided to google for help with packing. You see, I'm going to Mexico in 36 hours time and I still haven't packed or run the errands I'm supposed to have taken care of.

I had gone into complete reverse and slow motion.

This hub was one of the top google search results and I went straight to it.

After reading that brilliant article, I'm already half-packed with my electronics in Ziplocks, complete with cords and chargers, ready to go.

It broke the whole monumental packing chore down into manageable steps which, in turn, took the fear out of starting the project.

Thank you SO much.

PS: Have you ever considered writing a book ... or was this article from a book?

wowiewowwow on December 30, 2008:

Awesome info hun!!!! Thanks so much

uganda-safari on December 09, 2008:

Best packing list ever. Most travel agents dont tell us what we need on our safari or vacation holiday. Am glad everything is here. Thanks a lot.

cheap travel on November 13, 2008:

Fantastic tips , I am a seasoned traveler but you also did teach me a thing or two.

market solution from Minneapolis, MN on August 15, 2008:

Great information. I took it one step further. When my children were still living at home, I gave them each a list of things they needed to pack in their own suitcases. That gave me one less job to do and taught them to be responsible. They missed a few items from time to time - but they never forgot again!

Ren Chin on July 17, 2008:

great hub!

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on July 09, 2008:

We have 2 lists, one for summertime travel and one for winter/ holiday travel. It's funny how over the years things show up that never used to be there (portable DVD players, iPods, cell phone and chargers, laptops) that we somehow managed to live without before.

esocial from California on June 19, 2008:

Great tips, thanks for sharing! Socks & other tiny things stuffed in shoes works well :)

First Eagle on June 08, 2008:

Interesting hub! Now we have to plan for our next holiday...

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on June 03, 2008:

I really need to print this, enlarge it, and stick it to my suitcase next time I am going anywhere... still... I'll indulge myself and take the cell phone!

abouttravel from Barcelona, Spain on May 28, 2008:

Great info Lissie! And further helpful tips from 2patricias. There always seems to be something that you HAVE to pack, but end up never wearing!

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on May 21, 2008:

2patricias that's an excelent suggestion. Also when I travelled a lot I used to keep a set of toiletires already packed to go - instead of having to remember to take my at home set!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on May 21, 2008:

Here's a tip for repeat travellers: make a list of all the clothes you take with you. !. It helps make sure you don't leave things behind. 2. Review it when you get home, and make a note of anything you didn't wear. You may be able to pack less for your next trip.

chuck2oonz on May 12, 2008:

these are great tips. you've got some of the best stuff I've seen so far on here.

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on April 20, 2008:

I heard that solar - and it seems to take weeks for them to sort it out! I don't understand what the issue is really - afterall, Bangkok, Singapore and HK have managed to open entirely new terminals or the whole new airport with very little disruption recently. My advice to anyone flying to southern England would be to fly into Paris and catch the high speed train or fly into Manchester!

solarshingles from london on April 20, 2008:

Please, don't fly to new London's Heathrow terminal T5, because they are experts in loosing thousands of bags...total disaster

Menlo Prof from San Francisco Bay Area on March 21, 2008:

My wife and I traveled around the world in 9 weeks with only one carry-on each. That was all we needed. I'm a pretty experienced world traveler but I picked up several great tips from your Hub. Good work. Keep it up.

Aimee on February 27, 2008:

Very good tips on how to pack your suit case when going on a holiday i will definitely be using them tips thanks for all the help keep going you are doing great

Kind regards

Aimee

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on January 08, 2008:

Thanks ripplemaker - its always wonderful to hear that I've written something useful for someone else! Have just struggled home with overwieght luggage - it really is a pain (in the neck, and in the wallet when your local airport charges for luggage trollies!)

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on January 07, 2008:

Aha! So this is a great example of what a flagship hub is. Amazing!! :-) Full of interesting details (esp. for new travelers), helpful tips, easy to read, with pictures and videos and useful links. Thanks Lissie. I will be bookmarking this site and forwarding it to a friend who I know needs it as well! :-)

djtphn1 from Riverside County, California on December 30, 2007:

You sound so interesting, I just joined your fan club. Thanks for sharing your writing, you are great!!!!

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on December 03, 2007:

Eileen totally agree - a lot of my old clothes did a 1 way trip to Vietnam and got replaced - great excuse to shop!

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on December 03, 2007:

Very good tips. The best thing in goin to Bali is we wear the clothes on and back and take empty suitcases. Then buy all new gear when we get there.

Saves all that packing too. Great ideas in here though for other travels to other places.

sukritha from Cochin on November 30, 2007:

Very Useful for all Thanks a lot

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on November 30, 2007:

Theanks for the kind comments Cookie! This is a flagship hub so I have some motivation! Caspar: depending on how long you go away for - sometimes I take all the old clothes with me -wear them, buyreplacement and then dispose of them - in Cambodia they were very happy to get our worn out shoes as there were guys selling them on the streets. I just launder anything Im getting rid of and leave it next to but not in the room's bin - I figure the maid will know how to make a $ from it!

The Good Cook on November 30, 2007:

This is the second truly GREAT hub I have read this morning - it's no wonder I'm thinking of giving up! Bookmarked, Thumbs-upped - envied!

caspar from UK on November 30, 2007:

Great Hub Lissie. I love packing because we don't go away very often. We always wear our oldest most hated clothes for about a week before we go so that I get a chance to wash dry and iron all the decent things we want to take with us!

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on November 29, 2007:

Odd Zsuzsy you got the same double posting that I did - I have denied one to tidy them up! Yeah I would love to know what it cost them in extra diesel - remember ever camp ground in Oz has a $4 washing machine and most of the time the line will dry your clothes in a couple of hours!

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on November 29, 2007:

Lissie! Washer and dryer on board...how funny is that?

Great HUB

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on November 29, 2007:

Lissie! Washer and dryer on board...how funny is that?

Great HUB

regards Zsuzsy

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on November 29, 2007:

Thank you MrM - there was a comment on a local travel show last night - "do not let fear control your packing" ROTFL! BTW I have seen the occasional RV in Australia with both a washing machine and dryer on board - annoys me that they paid the same charge for camping as I did in a tent! Remember if you like my hub give me the thumbs up!

Elisabeth Sowerbutts (author) from New Zealand on November 29, 2007:

Thank you MrM - there was a comment on a local travel show last night - "do not let fear control your packing" ROTFL! BTW Ihave seen the ocaisional RV in Australia with both a washing machine and dryer on board - annoys me that they paid the same charge for camping as I did in a tent!

MrMarmalade from Sydney on November 29, 2007:

i like your comments very practical

Having traveled across the USA, Europe and Australia and New Zealand By air, ship, Train and even the odd motor car. It is essential to pack as little as possible. You have to believe somewhere there will be a washing machine and dryer.

Thank you

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