Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Guest Post* // In Association With George.

Spring Holidays: Tips for Packing Light  
OK, so the cold English weather is showing no sign of abating – no surprise there – so it’s understandable that some people are looking to escape abroad for a couple of weeks in the sun. However, while you may be worrying about the cost of the hotel and the flight, there are other things that you should think about before going ahead and booking, such as ways in which to cut your costs so that you can get the best value possible.

 A great way to cut back on costs is to pack light. Nowadays, some airlines charge for passengers to check in hold luggage which, if travelling as a family, can soon add up. While you may be entitled to a suitcase per paid-seat, with a maximum weight attached to it, sometimes, it’s easier (and cheaper) to try and pack lightly so that you’re not faced with the baggage costs. Here are some top tips to help you.  

  • Use your hand luggage allowance. Whether you check in bags or not, using your hand luggage allowance is a great way to take the pressure off your hold luggage. While you do have to adhere to regulations and guidelines regarding what you can have in your cabin bag, you are usually allowed between 5kg and 10kg per person, which is an enormous amount, when you think about it. Sure, you’ll need some of it for entertainment, magazines and essentials but you’ll be surprised at what else you can squeeze into the pockets if you know how!  
  • Pack things like underwear and swimwear last. You can squeeze them down the sides of the suitcase rather than taking up more valuable space with them. Take a look at the range of swimming costumes from George too, and consider taking mix and match items, such as a tankini top, pants and bikini top rather than two full sets.  
  • It may be tempting to pack more than one outfit per day, just in case you fancy changing part way through, but you don’t have to do that. Instead, just pack what you need. Choose lightweight clothes that don’t take up too much space and opt for outfits that you can mix and match. If you’re going away for a week, you don’t need 7 pairs of shorts and skirts, for example. Simply pack a couple that you can re-use and pop some accessories in the case to make the outfits look different.  
  • Roll your clothes. This often means that you can fit a lot more into your case than you may have thought, and will also mean that your garments are crease-free when you arrive at the resort.  
  • Write a checklist, and stick to it. Pull out all the things you’re considering taking from your wardrobe, and then whittle down to the bare essentials.  
  • Don’t assume that you need different outfits for the day and evening, because most of the time, you don’t. You will probably just be in your cozzie for the majority of the day, anyway.  

Be sensible about what you pack, and share suitcases with your family where you can. If you’re sensible about what you take, there’s no reason why you can’t use the same suitcase as your other half and there’s definitely no reason why your children need individual luggage. Save on your flight cost by being savvy this spring! 

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