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At some point this year I will hit 50,000 miles up in the air. The rewards and experiences far outweigh every delay and inconvenience. Truthfully, there is something serene to me about it now...I feel at home in airports and unfamiliar without a boarding pass and a rolling bag in tow. It takes time to get acquainted and even after 50 trips a year, I still need tips and frills to keep me going. I am excited to have Emily of Sports Direct guest blogging for "Secrets in her Suitcase" on how to travel like a pro:
Packing: 5 Top Tips For Travellers
Traveling is becoming ever more popular between people from all walks of life. From novice travellers, to regular holiday makers there are a few things to remember to help you pack efficiently and avoid over packing all of the wrong things.
Luggage Type
You should consider which type of luggage you’re going to take based on the nature of your trip. If you’re off on holiday a suitcase should suffice, backpackers of course require a sturdy rucksack and  if you’re on a business trip you can probably get away with a cabin bag. If you’re looking to cut costs you may want to make the most of your hand luggage allowance and pack lightly to avoid baggage fees.

Packing List

Of course, the first thing you should do when travelling is to write a packing list! Nobody wants to forget important essentials so creating a list is a great way to help you remember items as well as keep track of things you've already packed. Once you've wrote your packing list you should go back through and cross off all of the items you don't actually need. This is an easy way to help keep the weight of your luggage down and only pack what you genuinely need.
Once you've packed everything, don't throw your list away, take it with you. If you have a list of every item in your suitcase, in the unlikely event your luggage gets lost or misplaced during the journey, you will have a record of everything that's missing. This will be useful if you have to claim back on items that were lost.

Following on nicely from the above point, don't pack your valuables in your main case. If you have an irreplaceable or expensive item it may be a sensible idea to keep it close to you in your hand luggage. Although chances are your case will arrive as safely as you do, there is always a small risk that something will get damaged or lost, so think about how you would feel should something happen to a prized possession. Most airlines have a hand luggage allowance of 10kg, so make the most of this extra space.

Under Packing
It is much better to under pack than over pack, especially with rising baggage charges nowadays. Think about what items you can purchase abroad and what things you will definitely need to pack. Over packing will rack up lots of extra baggage fees and may mean you have to leave items behind to free up some space. Weigh your bags before you leave to get a good idea of how heavy it is. Under packing will leave some room for the return journey to fill with souvenirs and goodies form your travels.

Always padlock your bags for extra security. Invest in a TSA approved lock, which allows airlines to open with a master key should they need to check your bag. This means your case can be locked back up rather than breaking the lock. Attach a label to all of your bags with your name and contact details on. Again, this comes in useful should any items of your luggage go missing.

Emily Matthews works in ecommerce at Sports Direct. After graduating in design she now creates blogs and social media content specialising  in luggage and suitcases, to advise and inform travellers and those interested in travel. You can visit the luggage section of the website here


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