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Packing? Going on a road trip? On a vacation? I went on a visit to Pretoria a place 9 hours away from where I live. So, I decided to write this blog post about how to pack that suitcase when traveling.

How to pack clothes:

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2. Avoid stains
Ever packed light clothes and found a stain on them when you arrived? Never have this problem again. Firstly you should always make sure your light colored clothes are packed inside out, and secondly, hold on to hotel disposable shower caps and use them to cover the base of your shoes.

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3. Roll and vacuum pack
Don’t arrive at your holiday destination and be faced with a pile of ironing. To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them, then place them in vacuum compression bags. To use these bags, put your clothes in, seal the bag, then squeeze the air out. This will leave you with lots more space in your suitcase and will prevent creases.

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4. Cube your clothes
Another good packing solution is packing cubes – this help separates your items and find things more quickly once you get there.

5. Fill dead space
When it comes to packing, make use of every little inch of suitcase space that you can. Roll tops underwear, socks, and other small items and stuffs them into your shoes to make sure every possible space is filled.

6. Stay fresh
It’s important to keep your clothes smelling fresh, especially if you’re on a long trip. By taking a small bag of potpourri, fabric conditioner sheets or scented drawer liners, you’ll keep your clothes smelling sweet throughout the trip.

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How to pack gadgets:

7. Ziplock bags
How do you usually organize all of your electronics, cables, those fiddly bits that take you ages to dig out at security? Stuff them in like the rest of us? Well, if you want to organize your packing then get yourself a stash of ziplock bags. Phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones – take extra plastic bags (the same ones you’d use for hand luggage liquids) and use them to store electrical items, things for the journey home (house keys, parking ticket, and car keys), medication and other loose accessories. And if you do love a gadget, then you should check out our top travel accessories.

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How to pack books:
9. Don’t
Whether it’s that steamy romance novel, thrilling sci-fi, or a dog-eared travel guide, download it before your trip. Even if at home you’re a paper-til-I-die sort, save the space and weight for your holiday. And don’t count on wi-fi to jump back into the story from your perfectly positioned beach chair. Make sure it’s on a water-resistant covered device (check out Otterbox for some serious protection for your cherished e-reader, phone or tablet).

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How to keep valuables safe:

10. Empty bottles and tubes
To avoid the worst case scenario of being robbed, it’s best to be inconspicuous: don’t flash cash or expensive jewelry. If you’re worried about valuable stuff in your hotel room, hide it in an empty suntan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled up notes.

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How to avoid extra baggage fees:

11. Weigh your luggage
Invest in some luggage scales and make sure you weigh your bags on both legs of the journey to see how close you are to reaching the weight limit. If you’re close to the limit, consider wearing some of the heavier items or cutting down on what you pack in the first place.

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12. Buy a lightweight suitcase
Don’t assume that buying the most expensive designer suitcase will get you an upgrade – instead, it’s more likely to attract thieves at the airport and on your travels. It’s better to be inconspicuous and go for a lightweight option. If you’re using a hardshell suitcase, this can add up to four kilos of weight before you’ve even started packing, so expensive isn’t always best.

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13. Know your limits
Baggage allowance varies from airline to airline. Make sure you’re aware of your limits before you reach the airport. Some carriers will allow you to check in two bags, but not all, and the weight allowance can vary (see point 12). Make sure you understand the hand luggage allowance and avoid costly charges at the gate.

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