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Top Tips to Pack Like a Pro

It doesn’t matter how many months you’ve been looking forward to your holiday, those last few weeks before departure day always seem to fly by and before you know it, it’s the night before you travel and there’s still everything to organise.
Avoid last minute holiday stress with our top tips to help you plan and pack like a pro.
Deep breath… And relax!

Check your baggage allowance

Airlines vary significantly in their rules around baggage allowance so confirm what you can check in and what you can carry as hand luggage, in order to avoid a hefty fine. Luggage scales may seem like a bit of an extravagance but they could save you money in the long term.

Choose the right suitcase

Once you know your baggage allowance, choose the right suitcase for your holiday. Consider size and how you are going to carry your bags - four wheels may be easier for a larger case. A case with a hard shell may protect your belongings but it may also add a substantial amount of weight. Remember with suitcases, you often get what you pay for so it may be worth splashing out that little bit more for a case that will last, although unfortunately that makes it no less likely to go missing en route.

Make a list

Avoid last minute panic and the chances of forgetting something crucial by preparing a packing list well in advance. Planning well before your holiday means you can think calmly about what you really need, and identify anything you still need to buy.
Split it into sections, such as clothing, toiletries, medical, electrical etc.

Pack light

Be honest, do you really need seven pairs of high heels and three bottles of shampoo for a one week holiday? Packing light enables you to travel far more freely – enjoy being footloose and fancy-free.

Get your technique right

Do you fold or roll? Choose a technique that works for you and stick with it to make the most of the space you have.

Make your suitcase recognisable

Either avoid a black suitcase, or customise it to make sure it is instantly recognisable when it comes off the carousel. Tie a ribbon around the handle, stick stickers on – be creative!

Keep your stuff safe

If an item is very valuable, either in monetary terms or for sentimental reasons, carry it in your hand luggage instead of checking it in. Make sure you padlock checked in bags and if you’re travelling with a partner, split your items across your two bags, so if one is lost, you at least have half of your stuff each.

Involve your teenagers

Travelling with surly teenagers can be challenging, but involving them in the planning of your holiday from the start will help to engage them. Choosing activities and places to visit together will help them to understand what to pack. Accept the fact that they may have a bigger toiletries bag than you but explain the penalties of over packing. Finally agree in advance what electrical items they can take and how much they can use them. Explain the increased risks of theft or loss of items when in an unfamiliar place and make sure to  check what your travel insurance covers.

Pack snacks for kids

Long queues, flights and transfers can be made easier by a few well planned, healthy treats to keep the little ones going.

And don’t forget the cuddly toy…

Let young children pack a couple of special toys each (yes that cuddly bear they can’t sleep without), or if you can manage it, take them to buy a new holiday toy before you travel so they will look forward to playing with it. Have some entertaining tricks up your sleeve for the journey, such as a colouring book or iPad with their favourite film on.

Pack an extra jumper

Aeroplanes can often feel cold, particularly when you’re flying long haul. Pack an extra jumper for you and your loved ones so everyone is comfortable.

Buy your travel insurance

Remember to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings with an Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance policy. Available 24/7, we offer cover against risks such as lost baggage, cancellations and delays.

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