A TRAVEL expert has revealed a simple packing trick that involves a cheap straw.
Saving space in suitcases can prevent people forking out for excess baggage fees, especially on budget airlines.
Anneke Nijenhuis, Chief Surprise Officer at srprs.me, shared the tips she has developed from years of travel experience.
Among those is a crafty trick that can add space to a suitcase, just by using a drinking straw.
Vacuum packing clothes is a popular way to add room to luggage, but with the straw, there is a cheaper alternative.
Anneke said: “Pop each outfit into a Ziploc bag. Then simply seal the bag except for a centimetre at the end.
“Stick in a straw and suck all the air out until the bag is super tight over the clothes and voila, tonnes of room saved and no rummaging to find coordinating items.
“Do the same with dirty clothes as you wear them.”
As well as her cheap vac-packing, Anneke recommends taking a cut-throat approach to packing.
Before each trip, she lays out everything she has picked to go in her bag and removes at least five items.
She continued: “It is likely that they are unnecessary additions that can easily be travelled without and by removing them, it frees up space to bring home souvenirs from a memorable trip.”
Finally Anneke suggests that people travelling in a group should pack together, rather than individually.
That way, they can spread the load of their packing across more than one bag, creating more space.
She said: “Plan what to take with your travel mates so that between you, you only need to pack one multi charger, one shampoo bar, one tube of toothpaste etc.”
Anneke isn’t the only specialist to offer their packing advice to travellers.
Packing experts at Cath Kidston revealed their best tips for reducing luggage for holidays, including packing one versatile bag instead of lots of different bag options.
They said: “Instead of packing a tote, an evening handbag, a backpack, and beach bag, consider a multi-tasking bag.
“There are a few options, including a foldaway tote that can double as a beach bag and a day out bag, or packing a small crossbody bag that works for the beach, days out, and evening events.
“With some, you can remove the additional straps to turn it into a shoulder bag or handheld piece.”
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