Packing for a holiday can be a nightmare, made even worse with the fear of forgetting the essentials.

Plenty can go wrong, from leaking liquids to overstuffing your suitcase.

We’ve put together a list of helpful packing tips and tricks so you can forget the stress and pack like a pro.


Give Stains a Miss

Have you ever packed your favourite white shirt and found it freshly stained when you opened up your case again? Avoid ruining your light coloured clothes by packing them inside out. Another top tip is to use disposable shower caps to cover the base of your shoes to prevent any mud or dirt from transferring.

Your Suitcase Needs a Makeover

Don’t struggle to identify your luggage in a baggage carousel crisis as it sits, hidden amongst its identical neighbours.  Make your luggage memorable with colourful stickers and ribbons and you’ll never lose it in the crowd again.

Roll Up, Roll Up

Who wants to do ironing on holiday? Bypass clothing creases and save space by rolling clothes instead of folding them. To take up even less room, enclose them in vacuum compression bags. Simply place them inside, seal the bag, and squeeze the air out. If vacuum bags don’t float your boat, another good solution is packing cubes to help you separate all your possessions and access them quicker.

You’ve Got it in the Bag

It’s a good idea to take additional spare ziplock bags, as well as being receptacles for your on-flight liquids, they also make great sorters. Use them to separate your belongings into groups, e.g.: phone and camera chargers, and headphones, all go into the “electricals bag”.

Weight Watcher

Your own personal luggage scales are your best bet when it comes to avoiding unnecessary baggage fees. Invest in luggage scales and you’ll say goodbye to additional weight fees. Make sure to weigh your luggage at both ends of the holiday so you can see if you’re near the limit on the way back, if so, you may want to put some of the heavier clothes on instead of packing them. It’s always a good idea to pack a tad light so you have some breathing room for souvenirs.

Limit Leaks

A leaked shampoo bottle can ruin a holiday, but it’s a disaster than can be prevented. Simply take the lids off of your liquid bottles and place a layer of cling film over the lid before putting the lid back on and securing the lid join with clear tape. Sit back and relax knowing that there won’t be a liquid spill crisis to face when you leave the plane.

Flashing the Cash

To avoid being robbed on your holiday, avoid flashing the cash and hide it instead whilst you’re at the beach or going for a swim. Money can be hidden in empty sun cream containers, and notes can be rolled up and concealed in empty lip balm containers.

What’s That Smell?

If you’re on a long holiday and there are no clothes washing facilities, chances are, your suitcase is going to be stuffed full of dirty clothes by the end of your trip. Keep your clothes smelling fresh and sweet during your holiday by including a few bags of scented flowers or pot pourri when it comes to packing your bag.

Forgotten Something?

If you’re a frequent traveller, it’s a good idea to have a little notepad or book for packing so you know what to include. Give each page a holiday type like “One week” or “Hot holiday”, and spend  a while coming up with what you’d need for each one. Keep this book of notes with your passport and you’ll always know what to pack.

Mum Was Right

Likely something your mother tried to emphasise: life is unpredictable, so it pays to be prepared, especially when you’re far from home.

These items seem random but they may turn out to be lifesavers so ensure you have a ziplock bag with these things included.

  • Sticky tape
  • String
  • Needle and thread
  • Cable ties
  • Spare luggage tags
  • Spare padlocks and keys
  • Safety pins
  • Pens
  • Tissues
  • Small sheet of bubble wrap (in case you buy any fragile souvenirs)
  • Ear plugs
  • Universal bath plug
  • Small LED torch
  • Tweezers
  • Small calculator (ideal for bartering with locals).
  • Mini scissors

Keep Your Enemies Close, and Your Spare Undies Closer

Let’s be honest, sometimes bags go missing. Make sure all your prized possessions are with you, in your hand luggage and include sanitary products and a spare change of clothes in the case that it’s a while until you’re reunited with your hold bag.

Travel Light

Don’t fall under the assumption that a designer suitcase will attract an upgrade, it’s more likely to attract thieves. Blend in with the crowd with a lightweight option. A hard-shell suitcase can add up to 4 kilos of weight before you’ve even begun to pack your new holiday wardrobe, so invest in a lightweight carrier and breeze through baggage weighing.


Put these tips and tricks into action and packing for a holiday will become stress-free! Why not take the guesswork out choosing a  hotel and pick Gable End? Only five minutes from Gatwick airport, we make a great choice if you’re coming to the UK, or if you need a place to stay before your early start at the airport!