Pack­ing hacks

Time Out (Melbourne) - - TRAVEL SPECIAL -

Wrin­kled clothes and spilled make-up are a pain. They’re also mostly avoid­able, with a bit of pre-plan­ning and the right sort of gear

1 Pack your worst un­der­wear

Un­der­wear takes up more space than you re­alise. If you’re go­ing on a long trip, bring along un­der­wear that’s on death’s door, and aban­don it along the way. Each pair of undies you lose is a lit­tle more space in your case for some­thing more fun.

2 Get a gar­ment bag that’s an ac­tual bag

If you reg­u­larly travel with a suit in tow, it’s worth trad­ing in your reg­u­lar suit bag for a week­ender that has an in-built gar­ment bag. Hook and Al­bert ( www.hookan­dal­bert.com) and Com­bat Gent ( www.

com­bat­gent.com) both make th­ese two-for-one bags. Fail­ing that, put your clothes in dry clean­ing plas­tic be­fore you pack them – it re­ally does pre­vent wrin­kles.

3 Ap­ply a ‘frag­ile’ sticker

For­get what you see in movies – frag­ile stick­ers com­mand re­spect. Pop one on your suit­case and it’ll likely be placed at the top of the pile when it’s loaded into the plane – which means it’ll be un­loaded first, and you’ll leave the air­port faster at your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

4 Rolling beats fold­ing

Un­less years of work­ing re­tail have turned you into an ex­pert folder, in all like­li­hood, your clothes will end up less wrin­kled, and you’ll be able to fit more in, if you roll them up in your suit­case rather than fold­ing them. If you feel like go­ing deep, there are a sur­pris­ing num­ber of Youtube tu­to­ri­als on the sub­ject.

5 Glad Wrap is your friend

Put cling­film un­der the lid of any vaguely gooey beauty prod­uct that are go­ing in your suit­case. Even if the lid pops off, they’re less likely to leak. Or, if you’re re­ally para­noid – put all your prod­ucts in zi­plock bags.

6 Do your re­search

It costs way more to buy ex­tra bag­gage at the air­port than it does on­line be­fore your flight. Do not suc­cumb to the lazy tax. Spend a bit of ex­tra time get­ting your head around your bag­gage al­lowances be­fore you head off and you’ll end up sav­ing money. If you’re tak­ing flights on mul­ti­ple air­lines, they prob­a­bly all have dif­fer­ent rules. So pack in a way that com­plies with all of them.

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