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How to pack your suitcase like a pro

by 1st Contact | Sep 22, 2016
  • Whether you're packing for an overseas holiday or a more permanent move, deciding what to take with you can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you pack your suitcase like a pro.

    Make a list

    It sounds obvious, but a list will ensure you work through your things systematically before deciding what to take. There’s no point in taking hiking socks and no shoes, or a smart jacket and nothing to wear it with. On top of that, you’ll likely save yourself spending unnecessary cash on forgotten items when you arrive.

    Fold ‘n roll

    Rolled items take up much less space than folded items, so wherever possible, roll items that won’t wrinkle - underwear, T-shirts, jeans, cotton items and knitwear. Stiffer fabrics, including cotton shirts, blazers and smart pants and skirts need to be carefully folded.

    Clothes you’ll need first go on top

    Whether you’re travelling for a holiday or making a more permanent move, you’ll likely be exhausted when you arrive at your destination. To save yourself from having to rummage through your entire suitcase, pack the items you’ll need first on top.

    You don’t need those shoes

    Shoes are perhaps the most inconvenient items to pack, as they’re oddly shaped, heavy and mostly inflexible. Try to limit yourself to three pairs. Wear the bulkiest pair when travelling and pack the other two in your suitcase.

    To help maximise space, try packing chargers and small electronic items in each shoe.

    Just ship it

    If you just can’t bring yourself to leave certain items at home, it’s almost always cheaper and easier to ship your items in advance. Excess baggage fees are a frustrating way to lose hard-earned cash. Apart from saving money, it also saves you having to drag numerous bags around with you.

    1st Contact Shipping offers fast, safe and cheap international shipping to over 85 countries. Request a quote, or call one of our consultants on +44 (0) 80 8141 5520, and we’ll help you move your excess goods.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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