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ESS BLOG Travel tips - packing the essentials

Whatever your travel plans for summer, there will most likely be some packing involved. If it’s a staycation – well, we need to be mindful of the vagaries of the British weather and pack accordingly. We like to think we’re quite good at packing here at Edinburgh Self Storage – it’s kind of our business after all – so we thought we’d share some of our staff tips for holiday packing:

  • Important –  start with a packing list, and then review it. You’ll be sure to strike off some non-essentials.
  • Packing cubes. These are a revelation. They almost (but not quite!) defy the laws of physics by somehow allowing you to pack more into a suitcase than you could without them. They’re not ‘cubes’ per se but zippable bags that come in different sizes to suit all your packing needs – electrical, shoes, toiletries, swimwear etc. And they come in snazzy colours and are completely reusable so that gets a big tick in our book.
  • Roll your clothes. No folding. Trust us, rolling is the way forward.
  • We’re not keen on buying travel sized toiletries – we think they’re a false economy. We like anything that’s not a liquid too – much easier to transport without faffing with the polybag at airport security. For that reason we like solid toiletries – and they’re much more eco-friendly too. Shampoo and conditioner bars and even solid toothpaste are totally a thing – lots of high street brands are producing them now. Don’t forget the bamboo toothbrush – much better all round than plastic.
  • Anything solar powered is a boon on holiday – no travel adapter required. Solar powered chargers are an essential bit of holiday kit – and will charge several devices on a full charge. Same goes for solar-powered speakers for some poolside sounds.
  • Pack some tumble dryer sheets to keep clothes and shoes smelling fresh – especially on the homeward journey.
  • Finally, and this is an easy win – pack the Kindle. A holiday is the only time we really feel that we can devote some time to reading, so here at Edinburgh Self Storage, we can get through quite a few books in a week. You can’t beat the smell and feel of an actual book – but you can’t deny the space-saving qualities of a Kindle.

Oh and just one more thing – leave some space for the return journey – duty-free can be hard to resist!

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