Travelling takes a lot of planning. But because there are so many things to prepare for, there is always a tendency to leave some things to the last minute — packing being the most common. It's easy to throw things in our luggage just hours before our flight and feel like we're all set, until we realise that we've left an important thing or two as soon as we arrive at our destination.
But whether it's simply procrastination or you're just really pressed for time, there is a way to make sure you get your luggage prepped and perfect for your trip. Ahead, learn how to master the art of last-minute packing with our top tips.
Secure your passport and tickets
Rushing to get things done at the last minute can get really confusing. But before you get buried in piles of clothes to get your luggage in order, keep the important documents for your trip secured and in plain sight. Top tip? Put your house keys and mobile phone on top of it for easy grabbing before jetting off.
Follow this 4-step order
No time to work on a must-bring list? Then start packing based on priority. We suggest to start with this very specific order: undergarments, tops, bottoms, toiletries and other 'essentials'. Always make sure that you have at least 2 extra sets of the first three mentioned for contingency purposes, and do note that you can maximise your luggage space by prioritising tops than bottoms as you can repeat your pants without anyone noticing in photographs, in contrast to repeating tops or dresses.
We leave toiletries and other essentials last on the list since these are the things that you most likely already have in your pouch or carry-on bag, and if you happen to forget these, it's much easier and cheaper to purchase them while travelling compared to undergarments or other pieces of clothing.