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Travelbag Checklist: What to Pack and how to Pack

by Travelbag on 09 February 2018, 09:02AM

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This holiday packing checklist can be a tricky list to make. The things to take on holiday first of all depend on what type of holiday you’re on and what luggage you have. This post is written with a week in somewhere hot with backpack in mind. It covers holiday toiletries, what clothes to take on holiday and other holiday essentials. First thing is first, lay all your stuff out on the bed, put the bag in the middle and step back.

How many days are you gone for? What are your priorities? You’ll need as many pairs of underwear as days you’re gone, the same for t-shirts and half the socks. If you’re gone for more than a week, seven t-shirts will do and find a place to wash them. Take one sweater (for the airport if nothing else) and a shirt or two for dining out. Realistically, you’ll probably have much more than this so read on for some more holiday packing tips.



Try to think in terms of flexibility. Gents, a flannel shirt for smart occasions doubles nicely as a warm layer and zip trouser/shorts are great for outdoor activities. Ladies, lightweight garments like sarongs transform an outfit and provide warmth for evenings. If you’re holiday is an active one, yoga pants can double as loungewear/pyjamas. A pair of socks does two days, underwear is one a day (travel days wear the same pair) and two pairs of swimming gear is an absolute max.



Shoes are a big challenge. Three pairs is an absolute maximum, two is optimum. One of those is more than likely flip flops so that leaves one more pair. Think about what activities you’ll be doing. A pair of Merrell hiking shoes can double nicely as casual (bring a rough brush to tidy them up). If you intend on being active on your trip consider trying yoga or tai chi which don’t require footwear. If you have a third pair of shoes (shame on you) stuff them with socks, belts and swimwear and place in a shoe bag.



Easily one of the heaviest sections of a travel bag if not properly managed. Obviously don’t waste money on ‘travel toiletries’, instead get yourself some reusable 100ml-200ml bottles and a funnel or two to help you dispense liquids. For shampoo and conditioner, check out the bars at Lush stores that come in handy tins – they’re lightweight, last for months and reduce your plastic consumption. They also don’t leak. For body soap, go to TK Maxx where you’ll a good selection of tinned soap - again lighter than bottled equivalents. Just remember to pat dry with a towel before repacking.

Packing Technique

packing technique

If you’re packing a backpack, we assume you don’t own an iron. T-shirts are rollers, fold them individually by half placing sleeve on top of sleeve, bring the sleeves into the middle and roll from the collar down. Roll underwear and trousers too. Trousers can also be rolled up – for a week you should be able to get by with no more than two pairs. In fact, roll everything. Having clothes individually organised in their circles isn’t only a space saver, it makes it easier to find things in your bag.


The Pack

the pack

Place third pair of shoes in the bottom of the pack (on their side if the bag allows). Next are your rolled clothes, pack them tight so they don’t unravel and if you have anything fragile roll it into a t-shirt and place it in the centre of the bag. Build around it on all sides with other rolled clothes to build protection and if your bag has strapped secure it down. If you don’t have enough, lay folded jumpers/shirts over the top. Put your toiletry bag on top along with anything you’ll need to hand i.e. waterproofs, a book etc. and you’re good to go.

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