1. Label your items
As much as this sounds like you’re back in school, when you do lose your device/charger/knick-knack, the fact that it has your name on it or a distinctive mark will help your hotel/AirBnB host identify the item and have it sent back to you. It goes without saying that you should expect to foot the bill for postage, so have your credit card or Paypal account ready.
2. Pack the night before
If you leave packing to the very last minute, the haphazard “throw everything into the suitcase” style will surely see a few essentials – toothbrush, beauty cream, hairdryer – left behind. It’s best to pack the night before, leaving just the essentials out for the next day with space at the top of your luggage so these can be stowed away easily.
3. Attach house/car keys to your phone charger
When you’re in a foreign locale, it’s unlikely you’ll need your house or car keys. Use a carabiner to attach them to your phone charger’s wire and coil the wire up. That way when you pack up your charger, you’ll also pack along your keys.
You can also make it easy for yourself to track any missing thing down by purchasing a Bluetooth-enabled Tile Mate. Attach it to your passport holder or key ring for example, and when you need to locate it, fire up the app and “ring” for it with a single touch of a button – just don’t forget to sync it first!
4. Pack loose cables together
Choose an old sunglasses case or reusable zip lock bag to keep all your cables together in a neat manner. If you want to keep them from tangling with each other, cable ties or binder clips (coil the wires and clip them in place) come in handy. If you can, have a spare set of cables stashed away in your luggage at all times, this way you won’t have to unpack them after every trip.
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5. Store jewellery in a pill box
Accessory pouches look more presentable but it’s also easy to misplace an item that isn’t accounted for. Try storing necklaces and earrings in individual sections of a pill box, that way you know exactly how many items you’ve brought along. Pro tip: Store the pill box in one of your shoes so you won’t leave it behind.
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6. The nifty watch roll-up
Another item that goes missing far too often is your watch. Next time, pack it rolled up around some spare cash — this way you won’t leave it behind on the bedside table if you’ve taken it off for a shower.
7. Bring along the kitchen
Not the whole kitchen, just a colourful pot holder so you can store your flat/curl iron safely when it’s still warm. It’s too easy to leave it on the bathroom counter to cool down, and before you know it you’re running out the door without it.
8. Pack by day
If you’re overseas for a short trip, consider packing by the day/activity in clearly labelled zip lock bags or packing cubes, this helps to save space and keep the packing/unpacking to a minimum. If you’re really worried about leaving clothes behind, note down the items in a list and tick them off once they’re packed.
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9. Use the hotel laundry bag
Short of an emergency, very few people use hotel laundry services. Do use their laundry bag to store your soiled clothes. Just make sure you stow the bag in your luggage or keep it in a drawer when you’re out of the room for the day — otherwise, the housekeeping staff might assume by mistake that you wish to send those clothes for laundering.
12. Keep creams in a spare contact lens case
Use a spare contact lens case to carry a portion of serum and moisturiser handy for the flight over. This will also come in handy on your last morning when you’ve already packed away your full toiletry set so you don’t have to unpack everything for a dab of serum.
13. Store your luggage near the safe
Raise your hand if you have forgotten to empty the hotel safe before. To avoid this, store your luggage close to the safe so when it’s time to pack, you won’t forget to open it up to remove precious documents and items.
14. Put away your charger
The morning of your departure, make sure you unplug your phone/laptop charger from the wall and either pack it away in your suitcase or leave it on top of your cabin baggage in a noticeable position. This way, you will remember it when you’re zipping up your bag to make a move, instead of leaving it lying on the desk.
15. Mind your holiday read
If you enjoy reading while on vacation, or just before you go to sleep, make sure to keep away your book/kindle the morning of your departure. Similar to your charger, either stow it away in your cabin luggage or keep it on top of your luggage so it won’t be left behind.
16. Check the bed daily
How many times has your favourite sleeping t-shirt/socks/earphones etc… gone missing while on the road? Or better yet, your child’s soft toy? Before you leave your room daily, check the bed, under the pillows and sheets quickly to see if your nightdress or T-shirt is wedged in the crack – and don’t forget to check under the bed as well.
If you don’t have the time to do so, hang the Do Not Disturb sign so your room remains exactly as you left it. Housekeeping staff often have to clean on a deadline so don’t blame them for doing a swift job of tidying up your room.