"I'm going to Birmingham for two days and I've packed teabags and enough undies for a week..." And with that, they were off. Here are gransnetters' top tips for streamlining your holiday wardrobe and figuring out what you really need as opposed to, well, chucking your entire wardrobe into a suitcase <and busting the seams in the process>
"I like to travel light, and have found that two pairs of shoes are all you will ever need (want is a different thing altogether.) Keeping the colours and patterns simple is another tip - take things that 'go' together." rosesarered
"A few weeks before we go away, I start making a list of clothes that I can 'mix and match', including shoes. The list is usually on my bedside table and I add to it or cross out as it occurs to me. Come packing day, I stick to the list." Grannyknot
We recommend this Filofax Saffiano Personal Organiser
"I collect free samples of toiletries throughout the year and take these as they are usually small. Does away with the need for lots of bottles." marpau
If you haven't had the chance to collect up freebie samples, we recommend these handy travel toiletries.
"One cardigan-type thing that you can travel in and will be warm if needed, or can be rolled up for your head to nap on in the plane." rosesarered
"I take black and white trousers and t-shirts then lots of scarves to ring the changes. Also take earrings to match scarves and hey presto, a different look each evening." pattie
"Over three weekends, in whatever season you are travelling, make a loose note of what you wore. This is a six day wardrobe so you can wear everything twice on a 12 day holiday, with one outfit for travelling." Mimotron1
"Give each of the children a backpack (identical except perhaps in different colours) and tell them that they can only take what fits into that...[and] take as many things in an inflatable version as you can."JackyB
We recommend: this Cabin Max Bear Childrens Luggage Carry On Trolley Suitcase or LittleLife Toddler Daysack
"I seemed to forget that there were shops at my destination if I did forget anything." Charleygirl
"Important: two separated lots of medication one on person, and one in luggage, in case anything gets lost/delayed." Coolgran65
We recommend this 7 Day AM PM Pill Tablet Box Dispenser Holder
"I keep a close eye on weather reports for the area to try and cut out some of the clothes packing guessing game."
"I made a few drawstring bags, like PE bags, one for undies and socks, one for batteries and chargers and so on - this saved endless rummaging so they will be coming out again."
"I roll everything up rather than folding. If you roll really tight things don't crease up."
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