Flight attendant Miguel Muñoz has shared some of his top packing tips exclusively with Express.co.uk. He started by saying: “First of all, it is very important to take only the clothes you really need. How many times have you realized after a trip that you have not worn half of the clothes you had packed?”
Miguel shared his number one tip: “I always wear the biggest sweater and take the coat with me on the plane, so I have that extra space in the suitcase.
“Jeans also take up a lot of space, so I recommend that you always wear them when traveling and only take one pair with you.”
He continued: “Don’t make the mistake of bringing two of each ‘just in case’.
“A pair of flip flops is enough. In the unlikely event that you lose one, you can always get new ones at your destination.
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“Maybe bring a pair of flip flops that will be useful for everything: going to the beach, to the swimming pool, to take showers, to walk…
“If you must bring boots on your trip, wear them when you travel instead of packing them.”
Miguel recommended “water shoes”, which he described as “life-changing”, for traveling and saving space in your luggage at the same time.
He explained: “I recently started using these very versatile trainers that you can use for swimming. They dry in seconds and they don’t smell…they’re really cool.
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“You can use them for hiking, for going to the beach, you can swim in them…and they don’t take up space in your bag. I love them!”
By opting for a pair of shoes that can be used for several purposes, vacationers will see a lot of extra space in their travel bags.
But what if vacationers realize they haven’t taken enough clothes?
The crew member advised, “It’s always better to have less than more on any type of trip. For example, if you realize that you will need an extra t-shirt on the last day of the trip, you can always wash one in the Hotel.
“If you need a basic item, say underwear, you can always buy it there.”
However, Miguel recommended to “always pack up and take things with you that may be harder to find.”
These can be items such as swimsuits, swimming caps or ski socks.
The stewardess also revealed her secret way to maximize suitcase space: garment pockets, also known as packing cubes.
He explained: “I think garment bags are definitely the best way to pack your clothes.
“It may sound silly, but you can fit more clothes in your suitcase than without these. It’s better than vacuum packing.”
“Vacuum packing is a big mistake because you can do it on the way, but you probably won’t have a vacuum to use at your destination to pack for the return. Garment pouches are so much better!”
He added: “Also, in terms of toiletries, only pack the essentials: toothpaste, deodorant, hair gel and sunscreen. You don’t need two perfumes! And of course, always in a small travel format.