5 Packing hacks that can change how you travel

As many South Africans prepare to travel for the festive season, these packing hacks will change the way you organise items in your luggage.

The more you travel, the more you become a pro at what to pack and how to make your journey as smooth as possible. Airports usually have a lot more rules and regulations on what you may carry especially when you are travelling internationally. The temptation to pack everything you want instead of what you might need can be strong, this is how these hacks can help:

1. Avoid creases by rolling clothes in tissue paper

Clothes that are tightly packed in a suitcase are likely to get creased no matter how you fold them. Buy yourself a few rolls of tissue paper to roll items like delicate shirts, dresses and t-shirts. To avoid creases, take your items of clothing and place them on large pieces of tissue paper and roll them up like a sushi hand-roll.

2. Carry your own silk pillowcase

Pillowcases can contain many germs that aren’t visible to the eye. Pillowcases could have dust mites and hold bacteria that is bad for your skin and hair. Celebrities swear by the Blissy silk pillowcase, which is hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites, fungus and mould. If you can’t afford this fancy pillowcase, you can either sew one with silk fabric or buy a cheaper silk pillowcase that you can travel with. Your skin and hair will love you for it.

3. Put moisturiser or make-up in a contact lens case or an old pill bottle

Contact lens cases and old pill bottles can come in very handy when you need to store liquid items such as face wash, sunscreen, moisturiser, shampoo or even make-up foundation. The containers are small and have lids that prevent any liquid from spilling into your bag. A quick dab of your finger and you’re able to get your face ready for the world after travelling.

4. Get ziplock bags for each day you travel

A great way to organise your clothes for your trip is to put them in zip lock bags and mark each bag with a day of the week. This saves you the trouble of having to figure out what to wear and you could go further and vacuum lock those bags so that they shrink to create space.

5. Put dirty shoes inside a shower cap

If your shoes are wet, muddy or just dirty, place them inside a shower cap to prevent them from making the other items in your luggage dirty.