It might seem obvious. Surely anyone can pack? You just take stuff you might need and shove it into bags? Right? Well – yes, but there are ways of making it easier and of saving space to ensure you are not crammed, surrounded by bags, in an overloaded car only to arrive at your destination to find you have forgotten underwear.
On the subject of underwear (and most of us like to take some away with us!) I cheat in this department and head for my nearest budget store and stock up on new undies for the whole family. Generally for under £10 they are all sorted and I can pack them early on without worrying if we will run out in the run-up to the holiday.
If you are more upmarket and like your labels think of your holiday as an excuse to sort out your smalls drawer, throw away anything greying or with saggy elastic and treat yourself. A weeks worth – in the case – job done.
So now the rest of your clothes. Take a tip from the celebs and think capsule wardrobe. Team items which will mix and match whatever the weather so you are not taking your entire wardrobe “just in case.”
And another tip from the stars- roll your clothes, don’t fold. They take up less room and believe it or not will end up less creased.
I am a big fan of those bags you pop clothes into then suck the air out of. I recently found some you don’t even need a vacuum to suck the air out with. Just slide in your clothes, seal most of the end, roll from the other end pushing the air out then seal fully with the zip-lock. They come in varying sizes and can be re-used. Some even come scented! You can find them quite cheap too – I paid £1 for three medium sized bags.
If you choose your holiday venue wisely that might be all you need to pack! Check out www.letsunlimited.com and www.townfarmcamping.co.uk for details but you certainly don’t need to worry about packing huge amounts of clothes as even the campsite has washing machines.
Worried about fitting linen and towels into the car? Panic not – Pick a fully-furnished Lets Unlimited cottage in Herts, Beds or Bucks and they will be ready and waiting upon your arrival.
So, choose your holiday destination wisely and you can keep the packing to a minimum – which has the added bonus of meaning when you get home you don’t have to spend days washing and drying! Result!