Pack it up, pack it in
Are indecision and outsized suitcases causing you a world of pain? Four seasoned travellers share their packing tips
For work, which he admits is a little more difficult, he wears a suit with changes of shirt and some casual wear. Like many young people, he likes to travel light and leave room for purchases made abroad.
“Whatever you buy will always be more important than what you have sacrificed. A bigger disaster is not having room – and it’s not a big deal buying something you need abroad.”
‘LEAVE SPACE AND BRING BACK SOMETHING NICE’
Tim Magee is owner-manager of a hospitality and public relations company and a travel writer with The Gloss.
He is a man constantly on the move, crossing countries, climates and continents, regularly travelling to the US, the Caribbean, Switzerland and London. Over the past year, he has spent 266 nights in hotels all over the world.
His proudest boast is that he has not checked in luggage since 2004 and has packing down to a fine art.
He admits a recent trip was challenging in terms of choosing what to take, as it involved going from New York to Miami, then on to “freezing” London and Paris.
“I use a Samsung rolling case or a suiter for carry-on luggage. I don’t bring toiletries. Why bother when you can get them on arrival? And, as I spend a lot of time in hotels, you get a lot of what you need there. I learnt how to pack a suit properly two years ago, which makes a big difference – modern packing techniques don’t help from a business perspective.”
Shoes are great for stowing phone chargers or other electrical stuff, but one of his best tips – “and I have yet to be stopped carrying it – is to have a second jacket on a hanger with two shirts, which I carry on with me – and most airlines will hang it up for me”.
As to the actual packing, he will fill the little gaps between the spine with socks and T-shirts, over which he will lay a pair of trousers from the waistband (leaving the legs hanging over the edge of the bag), on top of that folded shirts, stuffing socks and underwear into the collars (to keep them round) then folding the legs of the trousers over the pile.
The final step is to turn the suit jacket inside out, pop out the shoulders, stuff with tissue and fold. “It’s taken me 10 years to figure it all out,” he says.
Another tip is to leave some space. “I would sooner leave with some space and bring back something nice than have a suitcase stacked full.”