5 PACKING HACKS
By Matt Ayres, 23 April 2017
Escaping the 9-5 with a holiday is irresistible at this time of year, but in order to avoid looking like Buckaroo on a minibreak, you need to know how to pack properly. These nuggets of nomadic style wisdom will help.
Maximise your bag space
The size of your bag will depend on how long you’re travelling for. A medium-sized backpack does the job if you’re only away for a few days, but week-long city breaks usually require a holdall or suitcase. Ideally your bag will have several compartments for dividing up your stuff. Many backpacks come with a laptop sleeve, which you don’t necessarily have to use as intended – they’re great for neatly piling up folded tees and button-up shirts, freeing up the rest of your bag for more bulky apparel.
Wear your bulky shoes
Speaking of bulky, shoes tend to dominate in the battle for baggage room. Boots are super versatile, but trying to fit a pair in your backpack or suitcase with the rest of your things will be like trying to get The Incredible Hulk into a wetsuit. For that reason, they’re best stored on your feet as you travel. Light trainers or plimsolls will serve you well as comfortable, city-roaming kicks, without hogging too much space, while flip-flops take up next to no room when slotted neatly at the bottom of your bag.
Not all climates are as haphazard as the UK’s, but planning outfits in layers to remain adaptable is still a shrewd move. T-shirts and vests are the foundation of good layering – bring one for each day you’re away and build up with casual shirts, a cosy sweater or hoodie and a foldable raincoat for when the weather turns soggy.
A smart shirt is nice to have for fancy outings – choose one that you know stays sharp without an iron and pair it with some light chinos. While we’re on bottoms, you’ll want some comfy jeans for those low-key days and evenings. Pick out your favourite pair and travel in them to save valuable packing space.
Accessorising on the go is all about hats and sunglasses (great for hiding messy manes and hungover eyes respectively). Snapbacks help to fend off sunstroke while beanies are good for cloudy day exploring, and you can’t go wrong with Wayfarer-style shades. Alternatively, stay classy in Aviators or Clubmaster-style specs. Keep these accessories in your day bag for easy access.
Enhance on-the-go grooming
Disguising yourself on sloppy days is acceptable, but you can’t spend the whole trip hidden away. Investing in a quality haircut a couple of weeks before travelling allows you time to get accustomed with the inevitably unpredictable first few days of styling. Also practice streamlining your grooming regime with as few products as possible – you don’t want to spend your holiday in front of a mirror. Oh, and embrace the facial fuzz, if you can pull it off. Holiday beards are the best kind of beard.