Hints for Packing

Packing Light - Role or Fold this is the question!

When it comes to packing your suitcase, travellers prefer to fold clothes rather than the rolling method, according to a recent study.

Packing can be the most stressful part of preparing to travel, so SportsDirect.com set out to find the best suitcase packing method.

The online survey revealed a huge 64 percent of travellers preferred the folding method, allowing organisation of travel items in neat piles.

While folding may be considered the neat and organised approach, some travellers argue that the more space savvy rolling of clothes before packing allowed optimal suitcase space.

Avoiding the dreaded creases once arriving on their holiday, the rollers accounted for 29 percent of those surveyed.

A small percentage of those surveyed decided that packing was not a priority and the method of ‘throw it in and hope for the best’ was the ideal way to pack. Here is an amazing instructional video showing how to fold shirts quickly. Ideal for multiple packing on a journey.


Pack Light!!!

1. Develop and use a proper personal packing list

Not the sort of list found all over the internet, but a single, well-considered blueprint of core items you consider essential. Then make a pledge to never pack anything that’s not on your list.

2. Learn about luggage

Most bags on the market are designed to sell easily, not facilitate lightweight travel. Ideally you want a rectilinear design (like a box) made from high-denier industrial nylon fabrics – light yet durable.

3. Avoid packing liquids

These are the bane of the light traveller. Liquids (and gels) are heavy, bulky, prone to leakage and suspicious to security. Most of them (shampoo, sunblock, tooth cleaner) come in lighter, smaller, non-liquid forms.

4. Coordinate your colours

Derive maximum use from a modest amount of clothing by ensuring every item goes with every other one. Stick to the same one or two colours: with a little forethought, you will be able to put together a much greater variety of outfits than would otherwise be possible.

5. Do some laundry

This needn’t be onerous and, with the right gear (traveller’s clothesline, powder detergent, universal sink stopper), it’s the simplest way to reduce the amount of clothing you need to haul around. Three pairs of socks and underwear will take you anywhere.



Boots - if your trip demands these select carefully and pay more so that you have them for 'nearly forever!

Don’t be influenced by the brand friends recommend – everybody’s feet are different.

Go to more than one shop, try different brands, make sure the sales assistant knows what kind of activity you’re planing. There’s no point in buying heavy, stiff, go-anywhere alpine boots if all you want to do is a little gentle bushwalking.
The advantage of lightweight, synthetic fabric boots is that they don’t need breaking in and they dry quickly and easily. Full-grain, heavy duty boots are good for alpine trekking and protection against rocks, tree roots and wet muddy terrain. Either way, good ankle support can make the difference between a sprain and a break.

If a boot feels “right” when you put it on, chances are it’s the one for you. But do arrange to try boots at home for a few days. Most shops will agree to this (you pay for them with a guarantee of a refund if you don’t like them) and the good ones will actually suggest it.

Buy boots with “bellow” tongues which are stitched to the boot all the way up. Loose tongues will let in water. Top-of-the-range boots are made from one piece of leather. Generally, the more stitching, the more places water can get in.

Full-grain leather boots will need braking in. Recommendations are to stand them in a bucket of water so they are sodden inside and out, and then walking in them. This will hasten the essential process of moulding them to the shape of your feet. Let them dry naturally (NEVER in front of a direct heat source). Break them in over a period of weeks by going for walks of increasing distances. Just pottering around the house or walking to the shops will not do. Don’t put weatherproofing oil on them until they’re broken in and don’t overdo the weatherproofing or they’ll stiffen up.

The ‘old fashioned’ ‘Dubbin’ is a leather ‘moisturiser’ as well as a waterproofing agent. The editor of this item can attest to the disciplines of; natural drying and following with a dose of dubbin. His Italian leather boots purchased in Europe in the late 1970’s, apart form a replacement sole, are still going strong! Buy quality and look after them and they will last.
Wash the soles of boots thoroughly after each hike; this will prevent you spreading fungus and other plant infections. This will hasten your re-entry to countries like Australia and New Zealand!!

Lots of fashion labels have put out look alike hiking boots which can cost just as much as the real thing, but won’t last the distance once you take them off the beaten track.


Interesting recent information from British Airways

Ever wondered what goes into women’s luggage? Thinking about how much time to allocate to the packing process? Just curious about bags in general?

British Airways recently surveyed 600 Australians to answer some of the age old questions of packing and the results were, well, not too surprising, the solutions however are:

Two-thirds of Australian women pack their bags more than once before travelling, as well as spend on average five hours contemplating what to pack; memories will after all be created with the holiday snaps so it pays to look good I guess.

Men, however, spend just three hours, on average, thinking that far ahead.

Combined, three-quarters of Australian travellers struggle to pack their entire wardrobe for their dream holiday, with 64 percent of people finding this experience stressful and frustrating. If the Aussies did manage to fit their life discreetly into their luggage, unfortunately half have been forced to leave some items behind due to baggage size and weight restrictions from strict airlines.

Tip: British Airways personal stylist Sophie Hart recommends bringing simple clothes, separates for maximising mix-and-matching and items that require little maintenance throughout the journey.



Blanket to assist travellers with babies

Packing for a holiday can be as hard as planning the holiday itself, especially when you’re in charge of packing the whole family.

If you add a baby to the mix, the inventory of items to take quickly doubles as does the list of forgotten things once you leave the front porch. Seeing a gaping hole in the market, two travelling mums invented a “luxury 6-in-1-multi-use” product that intends to save some luggage space by being able to be used as a car seat "tent" cover, nursing cover, shopping cart cover, high chair cover, stroller blanket and a playtime blanket. The inventors suggest that their product will save money as well as the need to carry lots of bulky items and that the it is “clean, germfree for (the) baby or toddler”.

Check out the promo video:


Summary of baggage claims from airlines should you lose bags.