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Don’t overload: the ultimate guide to packing your luggage

Travel tips

Getting ready to take off to your next holiday destination is an amazing feeling, filled with anticipation and excitement. But even we have to admit it – packing is a pain! Luckily, we’re here to help you pack strategically, sustainably and stress-free so you can start your adventure in comfort and ease. 

Bid farewell to oversized luggage – we know you’ve sat on a suitcase at least once in your life – and say hello to a series of efficient, optimised tips and tricks… without sacrificing style. Everybody likes to dress to impress on holiday, right? And for some, that starts the minute you arrive at the airport.

So make sure you’re looking hot, hot, hot whilst still having plenty of space to spend, spend, spend – you’ve always got to leave room for a trinket souvenir or two! 

Here’s our ultimate guide to packing your luggage to make sure you don’t overload at check-in

Getting luggage organised

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Plan smart

Don’t leave packing until the last minute. Make a list of essentials and keep your baggage allowance in mind to avoid surprises at check-in. 

Plan your outfits ahead of time. What weather are you expecting? What activities do you want to do at your destination? How long will you be travelling for? Answer these questions and you can pack with precision well in advance. 

Travel light and maximise space

Take a minimalist approach and pack only what you truly need. With access to laundry facilities at your destination, you can cut down on clothes and keep your luggage light. Skip bulky hangers and neatly fold your clothes to save space. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t pack some great outfits either! If you like to change up your look each night, try putting together some outfits which can be mixed and matched. That might mean bringing one pair of shoes that work with two dresses, two shirts that work with one pair of trousers – you get the idea. 

Maximise space

Make the most of your luggage capacity with compression bags or packing cubes. These nifty tools allow you to shrink your clothes and fit more into your bag. 

You should also remember to pack travel-sized toiletries to comply with airline regulations and save valuable space. Another pro tip – if you’re bringing bulky boots, put accessories or other small items inside them to save space. 

Keep electronics and essentials within reach

Stay connected and entertained by organising your electronic devices in a dedicated bag or putting them within easy reach in your carry-on. Keep chargers, headphones, and adapters handy to navigate your journey seamlessly. Once you’ve packed, the last thing you want to do is have to unpack again to find your electronics! 

Similarly, stay prepared for any situation by packing essential items in your carry-on bag. Include travel documents, identification, medications, a change of clothes and valuables. This way, you’re equipped to handle unexpected scenarios without digging through your luggage. 

Embrace public transportation

London Southend Airport offers excellent transportation options to the city centre and beyond. Opt for lightweight, compact luggage to manoeuvre easily through buses, trains, and underground stations. Leave behind the clunky suitcases for a hassle-free experience.

Pack an overnight bag

If you anticipate a late arrival, pack an overnight bag. Fill it with cosy pyjamas, toiletries, and fresh clothes for the next day. By having these necessities readily available, you can relax upon arrival and save the unpacking for the morning after a good night’s sleep. 

Smooth security checks

Don’t let security checks become a headache. Follow regulations by placing liquids in a clear, resealable bag within the size limit. Remove any prohibited items from your carry-on, such as sharp objects or oversized liquids. Streamline the process and breeze through security with ease.

Master the art of packing for your holiday with London Southend Airport! Embrace a lighter load and organised essentials for a journey that’s both enjoyable and effortless. Get ready to make memories, explore new horizons, and experience the wonders that await you at your destination!