1. Narrow down the essentials
Ever found that you’ve gotten to the end of your holiday and not worn half of the clothes you took with you, or realised you’ve forgotten something important as soon as you got there? If you think about it, you’ll probably realise that it’s more or less the same items that you actually use each time you go, so why not create a master packing list of these that you can use over and over again.
Creating it on a computer means it’s really easy to amend and there is less chance of it getting lost at a crucial time. There are also some great phone apps out there that can help too, such as TripList, which can also remind you when you need to check-in online.
2. Make clever use of space
A few clever packing hacks can make a huge difference to the amount of stuff you can fit in your suitcase. Rolling clothes instead of folding them takes up a lot less room, so you can take more – or give yourself a smaller bag to carry.
Also think about the empty nooks and crannies in your case. When you can, put smaller items, like underwear inside shoes or other hollow possessions.
3. Less is more with make up
Make up and toiletries can be quite bulky - and you rarely need a full bottle of something while away - so streamline what you take and decant products into smaller packages where possible. A contact lens container is perfect for some of your foundation or hand cream.
Instead of picking one eyeshadow to take, why not load up the ends of cotton buds with all of your favourites and pack them in a sandwich bag. That way you don’t have to choose and there isn’t any risk of your best eyeshadow getting broken.