Luggage

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Packing is one of the least likeable parts of holiday preparation. To make it easier, we collected a handful of our Travel Experts' best tips:

Andrew Clark, Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific

Don’t take too much. Downsize - you can always buy on the other end anyway. It’s a great excuse to go out and shop.

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Giselle Radulovic, Country Manager of Hawaii Tourism Oceania

There’s a school of thought that says you should roll your clothes and that’s what I do. I was taught by someone who is an expert packer and rolling your clothes and being able to roll them up mindfully to fit into each crevice in the suitcase increases the amount you can take by probably 30%.

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The other thing I do is trying to choose one colour palate. Not strictly all black or any other single colour. But the idea is that everything should match and go together easily. Be ruthless and say no to packing clothing that turns into the “odd one out” with the rest of what you’ve packed . This way, you can actually wear everything that you pack and don't waste precious packing room with items you won't use.

Nicole Backo, British Airways' Regional General Manager, South West Pacific

Packing for every season is sensible, especially when travelling to the UK and Europe where you can experience all four seasons in one day.

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Donna Campbell, Managing Director, Destination Canada GSA

Force yourself to put everything into a carry-on suitcase - it makes you underpack and frees up your space. I encourage you to try it once and I promise that you’ll never go back!

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Andrew Gee, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific at Outrigger Resorts

Packing for a 'boys road trip,' is easy. Pack several pairs of quick-dry board shorts (wash out at night and they are dry in the morning), generally dark coloured t-shirts because they don’t show stains, thongs, one pair of casual shoes each, one pair of jeans, etc. 

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Karen Ledbury, TV Presenter

Always pack complete outfits that integrate together! If you pack three outfits, make sure all three tops match all three pants. Stick to an easy colour theme so that you can mix and match. When you do your research about your destination, look at the weather and aim to pack light and simple. Coordinate when you pack and you’ll look and feel great for the whole holiday!

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Natalie Barr, host, Channel 7's Sunrise

For a longer trip, I use packing cells to separate shoes, underwear etc. It’s kind of like a filing cabinet for your suitcase and seems to cut down on the mess and disorganisation.