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Travel expert shares the exact number of items to pack for the weekend

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Struggling with your suitcase? Well, a travel expert has revealed how much you should back for a weekend holiday.

Award-winning travel blogger Stephanie Parker says that 35 items is the optimum amount of clothing plus three pairs of shoes and accessories to pack per person for a week of fun in the sun.

She also suggests holidaymakers stick to light layers so that they are well prepared whatever the weather.

Stephanie said: ‘As travellers go through the first week, they should make sure all the items they want to pack are clean and put in a separate pile.

‘During the second week, they should do a test run to make sure everything has been thought of and packed.

‘The final pack should be done two days before departure and suitcases and hand luggage should be weighed and ready to go.’

What should I pack for my weekend holiday?

To free up space in cases, parents of young children can pack essentials for the flight like nappies and bottles but buy items like sunscreen and armbands abroad in supermarkets.

Rather than a stressful scramble at the last minute, she recommends starting the packing process two weeks before a flight by making a list of everything needed on holiday.

According to a new survey of 1,000 adults by Asda Money, two thirds of travellers admitted that they only start packing up to three hours in advance of leaving home, while one in ten cut it even finer: not packing until the last half an hour before leaving.

More of holidaymakers’ pet hates include having to repack their case to reduce weight (12%) or wearing clothing from their luggage to lighten the load (11%).

Keep the weather and terrain in mind when filling your luggage with clothes, shoes and accessories.



Flight attendants reveal their top suitcase packing tips

Daisy White, who is now a crime fiction author, was cabin crew for 12 years. Working both short and long-haul flights, she finishing her flying career doing half a decade with British Airways, so she knows all the tricks of the trade.

In terms of luggage, Daisy says crew always have to lug their own cases around, and on multi-stop trips it can be one hotel after another – so she says they always try to pack light, but get all the essentials in.

‘Roll up a pair of socks with two pairs of knickers inside each pair,’ she told Metro.co.uk.

‘It sounds weird, but it saves room and keeps everything tidy.

‘Bras can be folded carefully inside dresses, T-shirts rolled up from bottom to top. Get a ziplock bag for your swimwear.’

Daisy says she was always particularly careful about packing footwear, because it can add so much weight to your bag.

‘Try to pack minimal shoes,’ she adds. ‘Flip flops cute enough to double as evening shoes, trainers which double as gym shoes and sightseeing shoes.’

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