Whether you’re popping away for a short staycation, or you’re packing for that epic trip abroad, these pack hacks will turn you into a pro packer before you know it.

For those of us who aren’t light packers (yep, I said us – guilty!), the one thing we always struggle with is more baggage allowance. And we know that airlines are not that generous with handing out extra baggage allowance without charging an arm and a leg. That’s where my pack hacks come in handy. Over the years, I’ve become a bit of a pro packer. It’s a bit like Tetris really!


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8 Pack Hacks For The Savvy Traveller

Pack Hack #1 – Packing Cubes

These are at the top of my list for packing clothes hacks! I use them for everything.

Anyone who knows me knows I hate mess and it goes without saying that I bring those feelings with me when I travel. So rather than rummaging through a suitcase filled with clothes and electronics trying to find a certain shirt, I use these packing cubes for these simple reasons:

  • They keep everything organised, saving you time and energy.
  • Whether you’re a roller or a folder, they keep your clothes wrinkle free.
  • They’re inexpensive.
  • You can use them for other items, not just clothes. I have one specifically for my electronics and another for medical supplies.
  • They come with a shoe bag also.

JJ Power Lightweight Travel Packing Cubes

Pack Hack #2 – Clear Bag at Security

With more and more countries taking a stand against global warming and introducing laws against single use plastic bags, I have found a clear washbag to be the best option. Not only are you helping the environment, but you can also have this as your dedicated travel liquids bag so that you don’t have to unpack and repack it every time you go travelling.

In my clear washbag, I have:

  • Eyedrops
  • Lip balm
  • Lip gloss
  • Tiny travel perfume
  • Small roll on deodorant

4PCS Clear Makeup Bag

Pack Hack #3 – Open Out Makeup Bag

Let me set the usual scene. I’m on a trip, I’ve been out all day exploring, I go back to my hotel for a nap (because it’s a must for me!) and I have dinner reservations that evening. Except I leave it to the very last minute to get ready for dinner.

Then there’s the usual rush of showering and putting on my makeup. I’ve brought five different foundations so I’m rooting through my makeup bag to find the only foundation I actually wear!

That was all before the Lay-N-Go Cosmo Cosmetics Bag came into my life. With this cosmetics bag, you can lay all your makeup out flat so you can see everything (no rooting around) and then gather it up into a compact bag for packing away. This goes with me every time I travel now, and I even have a second one which I use at home (I’m usually napping until the last minute there too).

Top tip – bring face wipes or baby wipes in case of any makeup spillages so you can easily clean up.

Lay-N-Go Cosmo Cosmetics Bag

Pack Hack #4 – Roll Your Clothes

After many experiments as to the best way to pack to get the most out of the space – rolling clothes, laying clothes out flat, stuffing the clothes into the case – I’ve found that rolling is the best method for more space.

So I roll my clothes and place them in packing cubes. This way, you can see everything that’s in the packing cube. Any bigger items, such as hoodies, coats, I roll up and place in between the spaces in the case.

Top tip – stuff your shoes with socks and underwear to get the most out of space.

Pack Hack #5 – Spare Outfit in Carry-on

Not many people think of this, but I think it’s imperative to have a spare set of clothes in your carry-on luggage. Why? Sh*t happens!

– Baggage delay

It’s rare, but it happens that baggage can accidentally be sent to another country or not make it onto a plane at all. It can take a few days to sort this out, so I always suggest having a spare set of clothes for the next day as you won’t want to put your plane clothes back on again. At the absolute minimum, bring spare underwear in your carry-on.

– Accident on the plane

Again, a rare occasion, but it has happened that turbulence occurs just as you’ve been served your tomato soup and it ends up all over your white t-shirt. The last thing you’re going to want to do is sit in the tomato stained clothes for another 6 hours if it’s a long haul flight.

Top tip – use a packing cube to keep your spare clothes separate from the rest of your carryon items.

Pack Hack #6 – Comfortable Backpack

I have a list of Essentials For A Long Haul Flight that I always bring with me, and because I take these items onboard for a more comfortable flight, it means that my backpack which carries them has to be comfortable too.

Waiting in line to go through security, walking around duty free and waiting to board the plane with a backpack on your shoulders can leave them feeling stiff and sore. And that’s not something you want before you’ve even sat down for a 10 hour flight!

I have two that I use, depending on where I’m going. The Lowe Alpine ND32 is if I’m going backpacking, roughing it or hiking. Now you probably know already that I don’t rough it that often but I do love to hike and this backpack is super comfortable.

Lowe Alpine ND32

The second one I use is Knomo Luggage Women’s Backpack as it has a separate compartment for my laptop, which comes with me everywhere!

Knomo Luggage Women’s Backpack


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Pack Hack #7 – Wear Heavy Items

If you’re struggling to get everything you need in your baggage and don’t fancy forking out for extra allowance, try the old but useful pack hack of wearing your heavier items.

If I’m going anywhere that has colder weather, I always wear my boots travelling. You can take them off when you’re on the plane and replace with more comfortable shoes or slippers.

Same with a bulky coat, which otherwise can take up half the space in your suitcase. As soon as you’re onboard, pop it up in the overhead cabin and you don’t have to worry about it until it’s time to get off the flight.

As said earlier, sometimes sh*t happens and your checked in luggage may not make it at the same time you do. If you’re travelling from a hotter to colder climate, you don’t want to arrive in the snow wearing short and t-shirt with no boots or jacket!

Top tip – If it’s too hot and awkward to wear a few layers, especially if you’re walking around the airport for a couple of hours before your flight, tie the items around your waist or sling over the straps of your backpack.

Pack Hack #8 – Lightweight Case

I know so many people who don’t know what their carry-on suitcase weighs and then end up going over the allowance! Or worse, they haven’t got a case which fits in the overhead cabin and end up having to check it in.

Do your research and choose a lightweight case which also has the correct onboard measurement requirements.

The IT luggage 22″ is only 4.07lbs and meets cabin size requirements. 

IT luggage 22″ World’s Lightest 8-Wheel Spinner

So, there you have my list of 8 pack hacks for the savvy traveller.  Do you have any other hacks I’ve not mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

Read also: How to Travel More With a Full Time Job: 13 Creative Ways

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