“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru

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here is nothing more exiting then going for a holiday, exploring a new destination, getting another stamp on your passport whilst enjoying a well-earned break. But for most of us, packing is boring and cumbersome. And I’m sure you’d agree, right?

Pack like a bit of pro. Here are few tips to fit in a week’s worth of holiday items into just your hand luggage.

Top 5 packing tips

1)  Your heaviest clothing onn while you travel, such as trousers and a sweatshirt or jacket to keep you warm on cooler airports and flights. Airlines weigh your baggage, not you.

2)  A lightweight suitcase or bag, shall take care of the rest you pack.

3)  Don’t pack anything that you can buy out in resort, such as shampoo and conditioner. It’s often cheaper when you buy it on location. You’re likely to be provided with towels and toiletries at your hotel too.

4)  Discard atleast one third of cloths you think you’re going to need in your vacation. You would probably spend most of the your time in shorts and tees and a pair of slippers in Andamans.

5)  Roll, don’t fold. Not only does it save space, but it avoids creases too. Tuck underwear into the gaps and stick rolled up socks inside shoes.

Suggested packing list for a week in the sun

Essentials

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Tickets/booking confirmations – flights, accommodation etc.
  • Bank cards, currency

Clothing

  • Sweatshirt/cardigan/light jacket for cool evenings (can be worn to travel in)
  • Scarf/overshirt – can be used for warmth in the evenings or as a cover-up after the beach
  • Trousers x 1 (can be worn to travel in)
  • Closed-toe shoes (can be worn to travel in)
  • Sun hat (can be worn to travel in, to avoid damage)
  • Shorts x 2
  • Day tops x 4
  • Lightweight evening outfits x 5 – non-crease dresses or shirts
  • Swimwear
  • Underwear x 7 – these take up little room, so there is no need to cut back on such essentials!
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Socks x 3 – only if your closed-toe shoes require them
  • Nightwear x 1

Toiletries and Medication :

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small roll-on deodorant
  • Hairbrush/accessories
  • Razor
  • Small moisturiser with SPF
  • Small first aid kit + any personal medication

Gadgets and gizmos : Mobile phone/charger/headphones, Camera/charger, Travel adapter, Sunglasses, Pen/paper, Reading material, Day bag/handbag

Packing for children too?

If you’re heading off on a vacation with kids, it’s understandable that you’re going to need more space and your luggage will be a little heavier. As well as their clothes and food requirements, make sure you pack plenty of sun protection, including a sun hat and some waterproof factor 50+ sun cream. It’s probably a good idea to pack some toys to keep them entertained on the flight too.

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