This year’s holiday plans are more fluid than ever: Egypt – hot or not or waaay too hot for your travel insurer? Portugal – best bargain destination because of its economic crisis or risky location for exactly the same reason? Iceland – back on the ubercool list, now it’s economy is picking up or no longer a top pick for a long weekend, given that it’s economy is picking up …?
So many questions. What to pack and how to pack it don’t have to be part of the problem:
It’s always good to pack a couple of polo shirts in neutral colours, such as white and navy. They are just smart enough to get you through unexpected formal events such as visiting your consulate and still casual enough to wear to the beach on an unexpectedly chilly day.
T-shirts, while less adaptable, are eminently comfortable, particularly if they contain some wicking fabric too draw sweat away from the skin surface.
There are two ways of packing T-shirts: the Japanese way or the roll way. The best way to learn the Japanese fold is to google a video of it, as descriptions take five times as long as seeing the art in practice.
Rolling your clothes is a really good system, especially if you have a backpack rather than a suitcase. Start with the sturdiest outdoor garment as the base, a jacket is a good choice. Lay all the shirts and t-shirts on top, squared up with the sleeves laid out, then lay shorts, skirts and trousers on top of them, with creases pinched so they are flat. Now flip up any overhanging trouser length and simply fold the sleeves in across the body of the pile, then roll it up!
Bizarrely, this stops creasing getting into your clothing, although it doesn’t look like it should, the downside to the roll is that you have to take the whole thing apart to get to the garments.