Packing hacks for your winter escapes and city breaks

03 October 2018

Discover our packing hacks for those winter escapes and city breaks 

Whether you’re seeing off the summer by jetting off on a last minute holiday or in denial that you’ve seen the last of the sunshine and planning an escape to more tropical climates, we’ve got some top tips to make travelling easy. So put your out of office on and get packing.

Planning
Even last minute trips require some amount of planning and when it comes to booking a holiday we love Skyscanner to compare flights and of course Airbnb for accommodation. Once travel and accommodation are sorted its time to get packing! Our brand new Holiday Planner and Organiser has you covered with its tick lists for essential items, space for working out your budget, a world map, pages for writing your reviews once you’re away, stickers and lots more – it has it all!

Packing
Our top tip for packing is to roll your clothes rather than fold them as this avoids creases. And speaking of rolling we’ve got a brand new mini velvet jewellery roll perfect for transporting all your precious pieces wherever you go. With earring and ring holders and an internal zip pocket it will keep your pieces safe and you won’t spend hours trying to untangle everything!

The Essentials
With restrictions on liquids and limited space if you happen to be flying hand luggage only, we love the shampoo bars from Lush. These solid shampoo bars are ideal for travelling and a single bar gives you 80-100 washes so you can use it when you’re back too. They only contain natural ingredients, aren’t tested on animals and the bars will reduce your plastic waste as they come ‘naked’. Plus they smell great! There are a variety of different shampoos that cater for all different hair types and needs.

Portable chargers are a lifesaver! Ensure you never miss an insta-worthy pic or the ability to order an Uber to your new favourite restaurant, or worse - the airport, because your battery is dead. We love this chic one from Urban Outfitters that also doubles up as a mirror.

Our Hearts Drawstring Travel Bag Set is perfect to help you become the organised traveller. In two handy sizes, these cotton packing bags feature fun prints and motifs to bring colour and style to holiday prep. So whether you’re putting in underwear or your bikinis these bags will keep your belongings organised all trip.

Keep all your cards passports and other travel documents in one place with our stylish silver embossed Travel Wallet. The wallet includes a place for credit cards, a secure zip pocket perfect for foreign currency, an elasticated pen holder and three further pockets for boarding passes, passport and travel visas. This slim and lightweight organiser easily fits in your suitcase pocket or bag, ideal for accessing important bits quickly and easily.

We love this instant digital camera. How many times do you take photos and not actually print them out!? With this camera you will have printed photos instantly, you could even add them to your Holiday Planner and Organiser to help document your travels.

Our Black Handbag Backpack is the perfect bag to keep your hands free for holding maps and tour guides … or a coffee and a local pastry or perhaps it’s a glass of rosé! This small size backpack will fit all your essentials and has a gorgeous contrast lining. There are inside compartments to zip you keys away safely and straps that can be adjusted to fit your style. The perfect bag for weekends away and city breaks.

… and lastly of course remember to pack sun cream!
About Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific stationery and gift designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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