Make the most of your baggage allowance for family holidays in Australia
When you're heading away to one of your family holiday destinations in Australia, packing is one of the last things you plan for.
In fact, it's usually the last thing you do, often throwing in any old thing you pick up or think you might use.
You might find that if you plan ahead and think about what you're packing and how, you will end up with more space for souvenirs, a lighter load to lug through the airport and a bag that takes less time to unpack at the other end!
We're all guilty of overpacking and overstuffing, so avoid the last minute bag-stuffing difficulties by following these simple steps.
For a start, make the most of the technology available to us these days and go digital!
If you have a kindle, iPad or e-reader, or are able to borrow one from an obliging friend, you won't have to lug a heavy book (or several) around with you on your trip. Electronic books are lightweight and hardly take up any room at all, and you can load thousands of books onto one device without adding a gram to your baggage allowance!
Another great digital option is the use of the apps on your smart phone. There are just as many, if not more, apps on your phone that can help you on your travels such as physical maps and travel guides.
Some are paid options, but plenty are free, so be sure to check them out and download anything that looks interesting before you head away. They'll be able to help you find the best restaurants in the area, will give you reliable directions, and some will even help you to translate language!
"You might find that if you plan ahead and think about what you're packing and how, you will end up with more space for souvenirs, a lighter load to lug through the airport and a bag that takes less time to unpack at the other end!"
One secret offender is cotton. It is much heavier than most other clothes and will crease more easily, so choose lighter materials over cotton whenever possible.
Also think about clothing colour schemes. Does your packed suitcase look like a crumpled rainbow? If it does, you're probably going to struggle to put together an outfit that works. Stick to a few basic colours and only pack accessories that match.
When it comes to actually packing all of this away in one small suitcase, put yourself in the shoes of flight attendants all over the world and roll your clothes.
Not only is this a space efficient style of packing, it will help to decrease the creases when you unpack at the other end.
You might not notice just how heavy and bulky that toilet bag is when you throw everything into it, but you sure will when you try to fit it in to your luggage!
Firstly, is there anything you can survive without for the holiday?
If not, would you consider buying your shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers once you arrive, or using those that are supplied at your hotel?
If you insist on bringing your own, it's a good idea to transfer some of your heavy creams and liquids into smaller jars (you can find these at pharmacies, or you may have old hand cream jars you can reuse). You don't need the full-size bottle, so don't take it!