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  • Writer's pictureJo Allchurch

How to pack like a pro!

Are you soon to start packing for your holiday? Does this fill you with dread? Packing can be an unpleasant and stressful experience. Here are a few tips to make it easier...

1. Decide on your outfits. Stick to a colour palette of no more than three shades and you'll find that all of your holiday wardrobe will work together. Lay everything out, even your accessories, and style up each outfit to come up with a mini capsule holiday wardrobe. If you can't wear something with two different pieces, then don't add it to your bag. Essentially, make everything work hard and do two jobs.

2. Try and stick to just 3 pairs of shoes. A week’s holiday requires just one pair of sandals or flip-flops for the beach (which can double up as eveningwear), a pair of trainers or ballerina pumps for sightseeing and a pair of summery heels or wedges.

3. Line each pair along the bottom, heel to toe for added space.

4. Pack underwear in shoes, and also to fill in any gaps in the case. Stack your bras.

5. To create lots of different looks, accessorise, accessorise! Take scarves and bold jewellery to change the look of a simple t- shirt. If you are taking an evening clutch, put all your accessories in that. For more delicate jewellery, store your daily treasures in a daily pill dispenser (try Boots or Muji) for a cheap and easy alternative to a jewellery roll or pouch.

6. Roll t-shirts and jeans. This will save you loads of space and prevent your clothes from getting creased.

7. For clothes that crease easily, lay the items flat in a plastic bag or a dry cleaners' plastic cover.

8. Line your case with any belts you would like to take, or roll the belt to fill any gaps.

9. Shrink your make-up essentials. All UK airports have restrictions on liquids in hand luggage, allowing containers no bigger than 100ml, all of which must fit comfortably inside a 20 x 20cm transparent plastic bag.You can pick up miniatures of most toiletries — shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant and wipes — at Boots.

10. Phone and camera chargers can create a terrible tangle and take up more room than necessary.To keep them neat, curl cables into a tight loop and stick with tape if they start to unwind. They can then be slotted into gaps between other items. Don’t put them all together in one bag as it will fill your case.

11. I never leave my house for a flight without a cashmere scarf. Planes are always so freezing, plus it doubles up as a pillow. If you go for a more summer style, swap the cashmere for tribal print, dip-dye or pom-poms, and you have yourself a perfect option. They are perfect for lying on the beach or covering up by the pool.

12. Wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane. When traveling during winter, big sweaters and boots can take up tons of space. If you can,

wear your heaviest boots, sweaters, and coats on the plane to save space. You can always take them off and use as blankets and pillows on the plane.

13. Have fun and have a fabulous holiday.

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