Carry your own utensils
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How does a fork fly so violently from a tray table to be lost forever as soon as your meal is served? It’s a question that might never be answered but if you carry reusable, bamboo utensils, you won’t be bothered with solving this mystery. You also won’t have to wait for an attendant to make their way back to you for a replacement.
Keep a log
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After two-weeks in Bali reconnecting at a wellness retreat, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is where you parked your car. Avoid stressfully searching for your vehicle by taking a snap of your parking spot before you head off on holidays.
Pack your carry-on – properly
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Don’t treat your carry-on as a dumping ground for items that couldn’t fit in your suitcase – it should only contain the most practical items for your time in transit and little more: passports, a pen for immigration forms, a phone charger and a spare set of clothes in case of spills, for example.
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Bypass the bin full of half-sipped water bottles and take your own collapsible bottle instead – not only will you avoid the embarrassing moment where you insist you didn’t pack liquid (but you actually did), you won’t have to purchase bottled water on the other side.
Reconsider your carry-on
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A soft, flexible duffle bag might not protect your belongings like a hard-case wheelie suitcase but it makes for a more flexible piece once you find your seat. Additionally, full flights occasionally request carry-ons to be checked and hard suitcases are the first on the list. The ideal hybrid? A duffle bag with secret wheels captures the best of both worlds.
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Yes, it’s tempting to pop your headphones on and begin your relaxation but important announcements regarding flight delays and gate changes are frequently made over the loudspeaker – noise-cancelling varieties could risk you missing these updates. Avoid last-minute boarding stress by keeping your headphones down – or off – in the final moments of transit.
Protect your make-up
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Make-up compacts are convenient in size and function but generally incompatible with travel. Clip cotton wool between the caked product and the lid to avoid any cracks ruining your fragile favourites.
Keep your cool
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You could devour several seasons of Veep or you could use your time in the air to really reconnect. Thanks to Qantas’s recently introduced in-flight meditation, relaxing inflight has never been easier and the 12, 10-minute long guided sessions will leave you relaxed, mindful and ready to enjoy your holiday.
Flip your packing
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Instead of tackling packing by focusing on the ‘this will come in handy’ pieces, pack by outfit. Individual items are rendered virtually useless if they don’t match anything else you’ve taken along so this is a far more efficient approach.
Choose lines carefully
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The shortest isn’t always the fastest when it comes to a queue. If the line through security is populated by people in suits, it’s more likely to be a fast-moving option, as opposed to one brimming with families and less-frequent travellers.
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Because right-handed people dominate, it’s statistically more likely for people to turn right when picking a queue. Head left if you want to sneakily avoid additional waiting times.
Find good footwear
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Avoid a delay during security checks by wearing shoes without laces or tricky buckles in case you need to slip them off. A comfy slide or loafer, for example, will stop you from holding up the queue.
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Collect the most important and indispensible items into one bag within your carry-on to cut down on time spent rifling for them once you’re getting ready to take your seat. A packable cube or simple pencil case filled with the indispensables that you can pop in the seat back will save awkward aisle-blocking moments.
Keep things fresh
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Dirty laundry is a reality of travel, no matter how zen you’ve become during your time away. If you can’t stand the idea of keeping your dirty clothes with your fresh ones, bring a bar of scented soap along to keep with the pieces that need a wash to quell any unwanted odours seeping into your clean outfits.
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Another beauty trick for gliding through security without a hitch lies in the type of carry-on toiletries you stash. A few staples – cleansers, for example, which typically come in liquid form – now exist in solid, stick form. Consider swapping your favourites for this more security-friendly version instead.
Ditch the switch
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Smaller, empty bottles might seem like the best way to take your favourite products on holidays but the hassle and time of tipping your regular cleanser through a tiny opening is probably better spent on other tasks. Most brands, from make-up (MAC, Too Faced) to luxury beauty (SKII, Verso), now stock smaller versions of your trusted products that are convenient and travel-sized for space-conscious packers.
Cover all bases
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Instead of guessing at the adaptor type you need, secure one that covers a staggering 150 countries – it’s unlikely you’ll be caught out with this nifty tech piece.
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Forgot your adaptor? If you’ve got a charging cable, you can still steal some juice – try the USB port on the back of any hotel or homestay TV.
Up Next: 15 Products and Gadgets to Help You Pack Light Every Time
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It might seem counterintuitive but adding the right products to your suitcase will mean you’ll easily beat the prescribed weight limit on your next flight. These clever accessories and gadgets are a must for your next trip.