3 packing tips you may not have thought of!

Welcome to the third instalment of our Interview with an Expert series!

Now, this is not your usual packing tip article, today we’re focussing on the little things that are easy to forget. Often it’s the small details that can make or break a holiday, so we’re glad Ann is here to teach us!

Ann’s trips usually last for 3 weeks. Most of her luggage goes into a check-in suitcase and she has a mobile office in her carry-on, which consists of a laptop, tablet, documents and chargers. Here are 3 of her favourite packing tips:

1. Bring all the adapters!

Sure, we all know that power plug adapters are a travel must-have. But Ann says that you should also be mindful that some countries do not have access to the same tech that we do at home.

Ann’s issues are mainly work-related, like connecting to printers and projectors, but it is still applicable to the recreational traveller. For example, many Apple and Google products use USB-C which is not available in some countries. This means that they can’t be replaced if they are lost or left behind. So take extra special care of your dongles!

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2. Spare clothing might save your holiday…

If you’re checking in your luggage, Ann says that you should put some spare clothes in a carry-on. You don’t need much, just a t-shirt, a pair of socks and underwear, to cover your luggage gets lost.  

“Because I travel to unusual places, I tend to fly with smaller airlines. If they lose my luggage, it can often take at least a week to find it. Having some spare clothes means I don’t have to spend the next few days in the shirt I stunk up on the flight over!” – Ann

Theoretically, you could travel indefinitely with 2 sets of clothes…just as long as you’re okay with sink washing every night.

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3. Know your size limits!

“Carry-on size limits vary from airline to airline so it’s best to research what you’re allowed before you get to the airport. I carry a lot of stuff in my carry-on that can’t be checked in, like power banks, laptops and tablets. If my carry-on bag is too big, I won’t have the option to check it in, which means my trip is over before it has begun!” – Ann

We’ve all seen that person at the airport. They’re screaming at the top of their lungs because airport staff won’t let them take a comically large suitcase, that is definitely over the carry-on weight limit, through the security checkpoint. Their excuse is always the same…” but I used this bag last time and it was fine!!”

Different airlines have different rules. Don’t be that person. Know the rules, Google is your friend.

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If you’re interested in the pros and cons of travelling with a carry-on, we explore it further in our previous blog post on one-bag travel.

What are some of the little things you do to make sure your trip goes smoothly? Let us know in the comments!

If you’re hungry for some more travel tips, have a look at part 1 and part 2 of our interview series where we cover jet lag and hotels. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but they’re a great read.

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