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Some holidaymakers attempt to cram about two weeks’ worth of clothes into an overnight bag, whereas others pack far too lightly, forgetting many useful and essential items. A cleverer traveller, though, will be able to strike a balance, packing exactly the right combination items for their break.

When you are packing clothes, don’t fold them as you would when stashing them in a drawer, as this leads to deep creases. Instead, you could try various other methods. Seasoned backpackers report that they always roll their clothing - and this is a great idea for larger items such as trousers, skirts and shirts. Place the item face down on your bed, neatly fold in the sleeves and then tightly roll it, starting at the bottom of the garment.

Another tried and tested way to pack clothing is to fold two or more similar items together. To do this, simply get two skirts, for example, and arrange half of one on top of the other. Fold the skirt on the bottom over the one on top. This adds padding to each, meaning that they are far less likely to crease in transit.

If you have some delicate items to pack, it is advisable to use some tissue paper. Place the item face down on your bed, and add a layer of tissue paper. Then carefully fold the item up, adding further layers of tissue paper as you go. Because this is a fairly time-consuming process, it is best reserved for really special items.

If you are packing a number of solid items such as books, ensure that you don’t pack them in a pile. Instead, they should be spread throughout the case to balance it.

Remember that you cannot carry over 100ml of liquids or gels in your hand luggage, and those under that volume must be carried through security in a clear plastic bag. Any larger amounts must go in the hold. You should also bear in mind the fact that many airlines now levy a fee for every bag you check in, and a number have lowered their weight limits, so check before you travel if you want to avoid any unexpected charges.

It is best not to lock your bags, as if they are selected for random screening, the locks can legally be broken by security staff.

It’s really important not to overfill your bags. If they are inspected, it may be hard to
close them again if you really have crammed items in. This raises the risk that you will lose items, and your clothes will be likely to get creased too, negating all your careful packing.

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