Nothing ruins a holiday faster than having to cart around luggage that weighs as much as you do. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you keep your bags light.

Most airlines now adhere to strict baggage restrictions and if you’re in London, it’s almost impossible to take the Tube without having to navigate at least one staircase. All this means it’s more important than ever to keep your luggage to a minimum when you’re travelling. Here are our suggestions for a few things to keep in mind when you’re packing for your next adventure:

1) Check the weather forecast

If you’re bringing along three different jackets for cold weather, warm weather, and hot weather, it’s no wonder your bags are heavy! Instead of packing your entire wardrobe “just in case,” you can save yourself a whole lot of effort simply by checking what the weather will be like at your destination before you leave. We know, however, that the weather in the UK can be unpredictable – stormy one day and sun-drenched the next. Avoid getting caught by dressing in layers – one or two jumpers that you can pull over a T-shirt should do the trick.

 

2) Mix and match

To really get the most out of your holiday wear, pack items you can easily mix and match. Bring tops that are dressy enough for a nice dinner when paired with a skirt but also casual enough that they don’t look out of place with jeans during a daytime hike. Settle on a few colours that complement each other beforehand and only bring pieces that fit the theme.

3) Make a list

If you know exactly what you need to bring, you’ll avoid bringing along items you don’t need – and forgetting those that you do! Making a list is a great way to stay organized and makes packing so easy you can do it in your sleep – which you might be particularly thankful for if you’re facing an early morning flight.

4) Don’t overdo it on the shoes

Shoes are a traveller’s achilles’ heel. They’re not only the heaviest items in your bag, they’re also shaped so awkwardly that they hog up more space than you can afford in your suitcase. So put a limit on yourself, and don’t bring any more shoes than absolutely necessary (that means keeping the three pairs of heels behind, ladies.)

5) Travel size your toiletries

Take the time to pick up some travel size toothpastes and deodorants – you’ll be glad you did later when you breeze through airport security like a frequent flyer. And if you’re coming to a Thistle hotel, don’t worry about soap and shampoo — all our guests receive complimentary toiletries.

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