For more than a century, Samsonite has been at the forefront of luggage innovation and design, creating high quality items for every need. Our luggage experts share their tips on how to pack like a professional:
Plan Before You Pack:
- Check your destination – the weather, special clothing requirements due to religious beliefs, laundry facilities?
- Activities – Are there special events or excursions, do you need special clothing or equipment?
- Check your airline’s website for the number of cases you can take, luggage weights as well as size restrictions when it comes to hand luggage. Bulky items are often subject to special regulations.
- Strict safety regulations determine what can be included in your hand luggage.
Choose The Right Luggage:
- Size is important – too big means crumpled clothing, too small means more creases!
- Hard-side cases protect. They are durable and scratch and shock resistant.
- Soft-side cases are best if you’re pushed for space. Many expand and have lots of pockets, providing a special place for everything.
- A lightweight carry-on case is best for short visits and business trips – that way, you won’t waste time collecting baggage.
- For heavy luggage, choose a case with sturdy wheels.
- When travelling large distances between airports and hotels with heavy luggage, go for a four-wheel spinner case. Samsonite’s ergonomic grips prevent wrist strain and fold away handles provide comfort and convenience.
- Adventurers, hikers and backpackers need durable, lightweight luggage that is designed for comfort to prevent straps from cutting into shoulders.
What You Want Versus What You Need:
- List items you’d like to take and then tick off the ones you can’t do without. Compare and compromise if you can.
- Create a capsule wardrobe – the rule is mix and match, so choose one or two colour palettes that will enable you to create a variety of outfits. Look out for items that you can either dress up or dress down.
- Fabrics that don’t crease and don’t need ironing are first prize.
- Downsize – when it comes to toiletries, you can take smaller containers. Remember that most hotels provide soaps and shower gels.
- Are towels supplied?
- Which electrical appliances will be on hand – you might not need to bring a hairdryer.
- Cut down on clothing by taking along a small container of handwash detergent.
- Pack from the base of the case upwards. Pack larger, heavier items first so as not to squash any delicates. Ensure that you have flat level surfaces to avoid creasing.
- Be innovative. Use sarongs or beach towels to create layers and to section your suitcase so that you can easily find something in a hurry.
- Place shoes in plastic bags or shoe bags so they don’t dirty clean clothes. You can push smaller items such as socks or underwear into your shoes to save space.
- Wrap electrical items in non-crease items to protect them in transit.
- To roll or to fold? Rolling clothes is best when using backpacks and holdalls. Usually rolling works well for trousers, skirts, shorts and jerseys while items like shirts are better folded.
- A divider pad and/or cross ribbons help you to organise your suitcase and allow you to keep your clothes in place when your case is not completely filled.
- Small items that may get lost between clothing can be stored in side pockets.
- Use a packing kit. Fold your clothes around the packing frame to stop creases.
- Socks and underwear are good for filling any gaps in the case
- Use the top part of your suitcase to store delicate items or separate dirty laundry.
- Shirts and blouses will wrinkle less if you insert a sheet of tissue paper between the individual layers of clothing
- ‘Interweave’ tailored items like skirts, pants, coats and jackets to prevent creases – drape them with the ends hanging over the sides. Then put the rest of the clothes/soft items (T-shirts, jerseys, etc) on top. Finally fold over the trousers and hems hanging out over the side of the case and smooth them out
- Leather belts are less likely to be damaged if you lay them out along the inside walls of the case.
- Keep ties smooth by rolling them up.
- Place toiletries that can leak or goods that need to stay dry (hairdryers, electric shavers, books) in plastic bags or vanity cases.
- Always put valuables, important documents (e.g. business documents) and fragile items in your hand luggage.
- Fragile items are best stowed away in your hand luggage. Do not check in valuables, keep them in your hand luggage.
- Have two identity tags on your case – one on the inside and one on the outside – just in case one gets ripped off.
- Write your name, number and where you are staying on the label when you leave. Using your home address can draw attention to the fact that you will be away.
- Choose a sturdy lock – TSA locks are a good option, especially when travelling abroad.
- A quick hook accessory enables you to attach a second, smaller piece of luggage to your upright case.
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