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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.
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