Life just gets busier and busier, so why not make things that little bit easier before your holidays? We caught up with Nicola Lewis, AKA This Girl Can Organise (TGCO) and got the inside scoop on packing for a getaway without the hassle.

TGCO: The Tips

There’s nothing I love more than planning a holiday and I’ve been known to start getting organised 2 months before even hitting the terminal. However there’s nothing worse than a last minute dash to pack and throwing 4 week’s worth of clothes and shoes for a 2 night city break into your suitcase! Luckily, I’m here to help you out and get you packed with no drama.

TGCO: The Tips

There’s nothing I love more than planning a holiday and I’ve been known to start getting organised 2 months before even hitting the terminal. However there’s nothing worse than a last minute dash to pack and throwing 4 week’s worth of clothes and shoes for a 2 night city break into your suitcase! Luckily, I’m here to help you out and get you packed with no drama.

Make A List

Always go in with a plan – I like to create a list of everything I need for a trip. So grab a pen and paper and organise your items with these things in mind:
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES
TOILETRIES
ENTERTAINMENT
If I’m away for longer, I organise myself according to what I’ll be up to: what outfits I’ll wear once I have a tan, if I’m planning any day trips or excursions. Always make lists that make sense to YOU and planning before you pack makes things a lot easier.

Make A List

Always go in with a plan – I like to create a list of everything I need for a trip. So grab a pen and paper and organise your items with these things in mind:
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES
TOILETRIES
ENTERTAINMENT
If I’m away for longer, I organise myself according to what I’ll be up to: what outfits I’ll wear once I have a tan, if I’m planning any day trips or excursions. Always make lists that make sense to YOU and planning before you pack makes things a lot easier.

Get Packing

Once the lists are done I bring out my packing essentials and a mini clothes rail – the rail allows me to hang all my outfits, then I can coordinate my shoes, accessories and jewellery. I really love Matalan suitcases,they're light, sturdy and have great storage. Clever packing cubes are handy too – helping separate your clothes. I recommend rolling your softer clothes like underwear, t-shirts etc... All of these won't wrinkle when rolled tightly. Then just fold anything else made from stiffer fabrics like shirts, trousers and blazers.
TGCO tip - Slip a clean sock over coarsely bristled brushes, you don't want to tear into clothes or cause marks on your favourite shoes.

Get Packing

Once the lists are done I bring out my packing essentials and a mini clothes rail – the rail allows me to hang all my outfits, then I can coordinate my shoes, accessories and jewellery. I really love Matalan suitcases,they're light, sturdy and have great storage. Clever packing cubes are handy too – helping separate your clothes. I recommend rolling your softer clothes like underwear, t-shirts etc... All of these won't wrinkle when rolled tightly. Then just fold anything else made from stiffer fabrics like shirts, trousers and blazers.
TGCO tip - Slip a clean sock over coarsely bristled brushes, you don't want to tear into clothes or cause marks on your favourite shoes.

Packing

I start off by arranging the rolled items in the packing cubes and place them inside the suitcase first. I then grab my shoes and place them around the cubes making sure they’re paired together. Lastly, I place the folded items on top, so start with the longest pieces like shirts and trousers and stack them on top of each other. I like to place the items I’ll need first at the top, like my kaftan, bikini and hat. It’s so simple!
TGCO TIP - I like to use the free stuff, so always grab the shower caps from your hotel – they make excellent shoes containers.

Packing

I start off by arranging the rolled items in the packing cubes and place them inside the suitcase first. I then grab my shoes and place them around the cubes making sure they’re paired together. Lastly, I place the folded items on top, so start with the longest pieces like shirts and trousers and stack them on top of each other. I like to place the items I’ll need first at the top, like my kaftan, bikini and hat. It’s so simple!
TGCO TIP - I like to use the free stuff, so always grab the shower caps from your hotel – they make excellent shoes containers.

The Toiletry Bag

We all love to take as many toiletries on holiday as possible, but what with all the airline weight restrictions it’s better to pack them in an organised, but streamlined way. I like to take one make-up bag and one toiletry bag; I tend stock up with basic items purely because wherever I’m travelling there are shops and toiletries in the hotel. I love the miniature travel bottles from Matalan – I’m not a fan of buying travel size beauty products as can get quite pricey and aren't great for the environment. Whereas these bottles from Matalan can be reused again and again, AND you can simply use the items already in your bathroom cupboard. I always pack my toiletry and make-up bags in the zipped portion of the suitcase so that they can be held more firmly in place.
TGCO TIP - Save your free beauty samples and Christmas gift sets for holiday travel...they’re lightweight and perfect for short haul trips.

The Toiletry Bag

We all love to take as many toiletries on holiday as possible, but what with all the airline weight restrictions it’s better to pack them in an organised, but streamlined way. I like to take one make-up bag and one toiletry bag; I tend stock up with basic items purely because wherever I’m travelling there are shops and toiletries in the hotel. I love the miniature travel bottles from Matalan – I’m not a fan of buying travel size beauty products as can get quite pricey and aren't great for the environment. Whereas these bottles from Matalan can be reused again and again, AND you can simply use the items already in your bathroom cupboard. I always pack my toiletry and make-up bags in the zipped portion of the suitcase so that they can be held more firmly in place.
TGCO TIP - Save your free beauty samples and Christmas gift sets for holiday travel...they’re lightweight and perfect for short haul trips.

Hand Luggage

I always use my beach bag as hand luggage. They can be large and quite tricky to pack into your suitcase once all your clothes, shoes and toiletries are in. I tend to keep my hand luggage as light as possible, as no one likes to wait at security unpacking a huge bag of holiday stuff! All you need is your passport, purse, sunglasses, phone and a good book.
TGCO TIP - Place your passports and important travels docs into a small clutch bag or small cloth bag inside your hand luggage bag. It gives these important docs a home, keeps them separate from your money and allows you quick access at security.
Hopefully you can now pack with confidence knowing exactly what outfits you're taking for the whole holiday, whilst keeping your luggage weight and blood pressure down. Happy travels!

Hand Luggage

I always use my beach bag as hand luggage. They can be large and quite tricky to pack into your suitcase once all your clothes, shoes and toiletries are in. I tend to keep my hand luggage as light as possible, as no one likes to wait at security unpacking a huge bag of holiday stuff! All you need is your passport, purse, sunglasses, phone and a good book.
TGCO TIP - Place your passports and important travels docs into a small clutch bag or small cloth bag inside your hand luggage bag. It gives these important docs a home, keeps them separate from your money and allows you quick access at security.
Hopefully you can now pack with confidence knowing exactly what outfits you're taking for the whole holiday, whilst keeping your luggage weight and blood pressure down. Happy travels!

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