Travel tips: Here’s how to pack your suit­case the right way

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav. verma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

If your goal this year is to travel around the globe, then one of the big­gest chal­lenges you are go­ing to face is not plan­ning your itinerary but pack­ing. Pack­ing your suit­case can be a tricky process, and if done right can save you from drag­ging along heavy bag­gage. Here are a few smart pack­ing hacks to avoid this has­sle and help you travel with ease.

Roll your clothes: The most clichéd rule of trav­el­ling is to travel light. Smart pack­ing is es­sen­tial if you want a has­sle-free trip. Al­ways roll your clothes rather than fold­ing them or lay­ing them out flat — this will save space for you. Roll clothes like jeans, chi­nos and trousers. Rolling your clothes will also en­sure that they re­main wrin­kle-free.

Wrap your ironed shirts and blouses in news­pa­pers: Wrap­ping your ironed shirts and blouses in news­pa­pers is like killing two birds with one stone. Firstly, it saves spa­ces and also makes pack­ing and un­pack­ing a ti­dier process. Se­condly, it also keeps the ironed clothes wrin­kle-free.

Toi­letries in see-through, self-lock­ing plas­tic bags: Sham­poos, con­di­tion­ers and de­odor­ants can at times leak and ruin your clothes. There­fore, it’s ad­vis­able to pack them in small seethrough, self-lock­ing plas­tic bags. Since, the se­cu­rity is tight at air­ports these days, this process will also help you go through se­cu­rity checks with ease as toi­letries will be easy to spot. You can also pack your med­i­ca­tion in self­seal­ing plas­tic bags.

Store shoes in shower caps: Dirty or not, shoes need to be packed in such a way that they don’t get in con­tact with other con­tent in your suit­case. Pack­ing your shoes in shower caps is the ideal way. This will also en­sure they are neatly tucked in your suit­case with­out tak­ing much space.

Store items in­side of your shoes: If you are re­ally short on space then you can store items such as socks and jew­ellery in your shoes. You can also keep your cash safely packed in­side a shoe. Plac­ing items in­side of your shoe is a smart way to save space.

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