Packing tips from Kate Thornton and eBay

“I’ve not only figured out what to take, but also how to take it. These packing hacks are what I employ to make sure I can take as much as I can with me in the smallest space possible.”

  1. 1.Rucksacks are not your friends

“Don’t be tempted to travel with a rucksack! Anything more than a third of the way down will be never be discovered or used. Instead, I always take a really lightweight suitcase, where everything is discoverable and they’re tough as boots.”

  1. Miniatures, miniatures, miniatures!

“This might seem like a tip as old as the day, but I’m taking it one step further with a mini perfume decanter. I put my own perfume in it, removing the need for me to take a big bottle with me on holiday and also stopping any risks of breaks or leaks.”

  1. Don’t fold it, roll it

“One of the biggest lessons I learnt from being a travel reporter for the BBC was rolling my clothes. Its basically the closest thing you can get to vacuum packing, without actually vacuum packing.”

  1. Cling film jewellery

“Cling film is a total secret weapon in the world of packing. Cling film wrap all your jewellery in one; it keeps it all together, it stops it tangling, it makes it easier to find and stops it getting damaged. It’s a win-win!”

  1. The fold and stack

“I know everyone just yanks our underwear from drawers and shoves it in the suitcase pockets, but it’s a waste of valuable space. What you need to be doing it taking your knickers, rolling them up, putting them in one cup of your bra and folding the other cup over the top. They then stack neatly in the corner of your case and are readily available each morning.”

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