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The Best Way to pack your luggage.
Whatever you pack your things in, be sure to clearly tag your luggage on the outside with your name, address, and phone number. Also put a piece of paper inside with the same information, in case the luggage tag gets stripped off.
You should pack your own things, and then keep your luggage close to you at all times. You will be asked this important question by the airline when you check in so make sure that you are very clear that you have packed your cases yourselves and will take responsibility for them.
Try to be as organized as possible with the space in your luggage so that items are easily accessible once you get to your destination. Plastic bags are your friends when it comes to this. Try to keep ‘like’ items together. It will make unpacking at your villa so much easier or example you can pack your underwear in one bag, your socks in another, your toiletries in another, and so on. (Don’ t forget to pack an extra bag for your dirty laundry! )
Don’t put all of one family member’s things into one single suitcase. Put a few things belonging to each person in every case. That way – if the worst happens and you lose a case, you won’t have packed all you eggs in one basket so to speak!
The best way to avoid wrinkles and creases in your clothes is to roll things up rather than fold things up. Avoiding breakages can be a worry to many people when they are packing. There is nothing more upsetting than reaching your destination, only to find that your valuable CD player is smashed or even that a bottle of shampoo has burst all over the inside of your case.
If you are traveling with anything breakable, surround it with soft and squishy items. For example, put your CD player inside a plastic bag, and then put it inside a plastic bag filled with your socks. Wrap up bottles and toiletries in plastic bags and then pop them inside a shoe or surround them with a belt.
You might also want to put your breakable item inside a cardboard box stuffed with packing polystyrene then putting that box inside your suitcase.
The best way to avoid breakage is to take the item as carry-on, if possible.
Maximize all available space as much as you can. If you are having trouble fitting everything in, look for ways to use nooks and crannies. Fill the area around books with socks. Put your electrical appliance cables inside your shoes.
Enjoy your packing. It is all part of your holiday experience! And don’t forget to use the villa laundry facilities like the washer and drier so you have no washing to do when you get home!
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Page added on: 29 March 2008
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