Get Inspired / Europe Taking a coach? Here’s how to pack lightly Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe Taking a coach? Here’s how to pack lightly story by: Anna Sarjeant There’s not much space in the undercarriage of a coach, so if you’re embarking on a coach touring escapade, here are a few handy tips to ensure you’re packing a lighter load. 1. Get savvy with your underwear To save space in your luggage, roll up both your socks and underwear and wedge them inside your shoes. And stick to the rule of three; three pairs of socks, three pairs of underwear – wear one, wash the other, dry a third. 2. There’s an app for that Welcome to the most digital era the world has ever seen. If you want to take books, cameras, maps, magazines, travel guides and torches, don’t bother, there’s an app for them all. And voilà, you’ve just freed-up half your bag. 3. Lay it all out This one’s admin heavy, but well worth it in the long run. Lay the entire contents of your suitcase on the floor and go through them piece by piece. Come up with at least one reason for taking every item, i.e. a raincoat for rain (funny that). If the third pair of kicks are being used for the same purpose as kicks one and two, ditch them. 4. Pack like a flight attendant Depending on whether you’re travelling to a hot or cold climate, pack a scarf or pashmina. It’ll double-up as a blanket, cover-up, pillow, blanket, picnic blanket, shawl, changing screen - and so forth. No flight attendant the world over boards a flight without a pashmina or similar. 5. Make Merino your hero piece Need something warm for cool evenings or climates? Pack one piece of Merino, it’s lightweight and packs small, and yet it’s super warm too. Smart wool, it's the future. 6. Stop dissing the Microfibre towels Yes we know, they’re thinner than paper and about as snuggly as a sheet of fresh air, but Microfibre towels are at least half the size of a regular towel. And consider this, most places will provide a big fluffy towel for you to cocoon inside anyway. Towels take up valuable space and they only serve one purpose. Downsize now. 7. Fantastic elastic This is an age-old backpacker's trick that works just as well if you have a rolling suitcase. Take plenty of elastic bands and use them to dwindle the size of your luggage. From jackets to your three pairs of socks, fold, roll and secure with 2-4 elastic bands. Like string around your pork roast, it'll keep everything tight, neat and above-all, compact. 8. Colour coordinate Pack clothes in three solid non-running colours. It may sound boring but it'll make it far easier to mix and match multiple outfits, with the added bonus of washing well altogether. And you always have your scarf or pashmina to add a little variety into the equation. Simple, light packing, it’s not as hard as you think. We’ll make a master-packer of you yet. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.