The first thing to do before packing to go abroad is to make a list. The list should include, things you already have that you want to take and things you need to buy. It’s a good idea to start getting all your things together before you start to put anything in the case so you can see it and check there’s nothing missing. To avoid accidentally putting something in the hold that you want during the flight, write two separate lists for your suitcase and hand luggage.
Whether you’re going away for a long or a short period, it’s a good idea to buy mini toiletries. Failing that, buy some mini bottles and then pour in shampoo and shower gel from home. This saves weight in your suitcase and also minimizes damage if anything spills. Anyway, you should put your toiletries in a waterproof bag. If you are moving abroad, then you can buy all the full size versions once you arrive. If you are only going on holiday, the miniature versions should last you.
When it comes to the clothes, just remember to roll! This is the best way to maximize space and also to avoid creases! If you have any particularly bulky items of clothing such as boots or thick jumpers – wear them on the flight! Moreover, if you are taking a laptop for example, although it’s heavy, it’s a good idea to put it in your hand luggage: this saves weight allowance in your suitcase and prevents it from being damaged – as baggage handlers at the airport can be quite careless.
In terms of your passport and boarding pass, these need to be easily accessible as they are going to be in and out of the bag “like a fiddlers elbow”! For those less fashion conscious travelers, a bum bag is a useful solution. If you wouldn´t be seen dead with the aforementioned, then make perhaps designate a special zip for important documents so you always know where they are.
Before packing, it´s a good idea to look at the weather forecast. For example, you don’t want to waste space packing wellington boots if its going to be brilliant sunshine all week. Also, if you are moving abroad, don’t assume that it’s going to be hot. Even typically hot countries such as Spain get very chilly in the mornings and evenings and cities like Salamanca experience a sudden drop in temperature as the season changes from summer to autumn. Obviously, it’s preferable not to have to spend excess money buying a whole new winter wardrobe if it can be helped – ultimately, it´s all going to have to fit in that suitcase!