Guest Blogger Series: Space Saving Packing Tips For Your Next City Break – Wander With Laura

Guest Blogger Series: Space Saving Packing Tips For Your Next City Break – Wander With Laura

Welcome back to the latest post in my Guest Blogger Series. I love how well this series is going and it’s so great to give other bloggers a platform and some potential new readers. This week I’m handing over the reins to Laura who blogs at Wander With Laura. Here’s a brief introduction.

“Hey! I’m Laura and I’m thrilled to be writing for Jaki today. After spending 8 months travelling in the last year, my travel and lifestyle blog is filled with adventures, stories and advice about backpacking around the world. Follow my adventures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or subscribe to my blog to keep up with the latest travel, food and lifestyle updates. Now, onto my favourite packing tips to help you save space on your next city break…”


Guest Blogger Series: Space Saving Packing Tips For Your Next City Break - Wander With Laura

Space Saving Packing Tips For Your Next City Break

I love a city break. Being so close to mainland Europe is brilliant: you can hop on a plane one morning and be enjoying lunch a new place within a couple of hours. Keeping it quick, simple and convenient is the key to getting your most out of your time in a new place and that includes before you go. Forget waiting around to collect your bags: fly with hand luggage only and you’ll be hitting the streets in no time! Here are some of my top tips for getting your luggage down to a small, easy to carry bag.

Work with the basics

The majority of us pack way too much – I’m definitely guilty. So think about what you’re most likely to wear and work from there. For a city break, think about comfort (you’ll do a lot of walking) and temperature (Edinburgh or Rome? It’ll vary a lot!). That top you love but it doesn’t quite fit you? I can practically guarantee that you won’t wear it. You can’t go wrong with packing old favourites and items that you can mix and match. I swear by a couple of day dresses because you don’t have to put any thought in!

Ditch the shoes

Shoes are awkward to pack, heavy and can take up loads of space. For a city break, you’ll need a good pair of trainers and sandals if you’re somewhere hot. Switch these out for a pair of heels in the evening if you’re all about getting dressed up for a party!

Roll or fold?

The great debate is still raging. I’m still not convinced by the argument that rolling prevents wrinkles – it’s never worked for me – but it can help you to fill in awkward gaps in your case. Try folding bulkier items like jumpers and jeans at the bottom and then roll t-shirts together and place down the sides.

Scrap the ‘just in case’ items

When there’s room left in your bag, it’s tempting to add extra bits and bobs ‘just in case’. But don’t add the extra weight and enjoy having the space to indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping!

Use the awkward items

Put your perfume in a pair of socks to stop it from smashing, then stuff socks into your shoes! If you’re blessed in the chest area, bras should be stacked together and folded in half. A great tip that I’ve used for jewellery is to thread necklaces through a straw to stop them from getting tangled. They’re easier to find this way too!

Packing cubes are your friend

This last one isn’t so much space saving but they’re a godsend for keeping your things separated. For a weekend, one double-sided cube is all you’ll need for clothes: one-half for clothes and the other for underwear.

Let me know your packing hacks in the comments below!

Laura x

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This is such a great post with so many handy tips that I’m sure a lot of us will get a lot of use out of over 
the coming months.  Thank you, Laura, for contributing a fantastic post to my Guest Blogger Series, don’t forget to grab your badge at the bottom of the page!

I’m looking for MORE GUEST BLOGGERS for the coming weeks and months so if you would like to get involved in the Guest Blogger Series, drop me a message by filling in the form on my Contact Me page. I look forward to hearing from you!


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  1. 18th July 2017 / 8:23 am

    Some really handy tips here, I’m definitely guilty of the ‘just in case’ packing, I always come back with a load of stuff I’ve not even worn! #TriumphantTales

  2. 18th July 2017 / 9:00 am

    Fab tips! I definitely think that post kids I’ve got better at packing less… for myself Thanks for hosting #triumpanttales

  3. aliduke79hotmailcom
    18th July 2017 / 10:50 am

    Some brilliant tips here. I am so guilty of overpacking everytime we go away lol.

  4. 18th July 2017 / 2:17 pm

    What’s a packing cube? Am I behind? I’m terrible at packing for all eventuality of weather. I have less space for me now and usually have to make space for all my daughters stuff. #TriumphantTales

    • 19th July 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Packing cubes are small ‘pouches’ basically, usually made of flexible fabric, that zip up and it’s a great way to compartmentalise. Mine were from Ikea but you should be able to find others with a quick Google 🙂 xx

      Wander with Laura

  5. 18th July 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I’m going to pass along the shoe tip to my wife. Its usually half our load and she never wears any of them

  6. talkingmums1
    19th July 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I’m definitely guilty of packing too much! Love the idea about necklaces in straws too. I tend to roll stuff – mainly for space x

  7. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    20th July 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I try and pack things that need using up and can then be binned so that on the way home there is more space to pack things we’ve bought 🙂 #triumphanttales

  8. 22nd July 2017 / 3:43 pm

    When we went away recently we packed one big suitcase. Half with the girls the other with our things. As you say it really does depend on where you are going as to how much you’ll need. #TriumphantTales

  9. 22nd July 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Great tips, I definitely take too much stuff with me when we go away #triumphanttales

  10. Naptime Natter Wendy
    23rd July 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I have been converted from folding to rolling when packing this year, don’t think it helped with creases but I managed 5o fit way more in the suitcase than usual.xx #triumphanttales

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