I am a folder. My husband is a roller. He has even been known to repack my suitcase using his preferred method, and you know what? He fits more in. The only drawback is that the items are very tight and inflexible, which is fine for most things but that bottle of wine you’re taking in your luggage might need a little cushioning.
I have travelled out of New Zealand wearing my sunhat on the plane and yes, people stare. The best way to pack a sunhat is to fill it with your smalls and place it as the first item, rim up, in your luggage adding your other clothes around it. That way it takes up zero room and won’t end up squashed.
Shoes are the bulkiest things of all, so I am ruthless when it comes to which lucky pairs will be selected for a holiday. Of course it depends on the climate you’re going to and the activities you’ll get up to, but I generally pack three pairs and wear one. If my luggage is on the heavy side, I’ll wear my clompiest shoes (read: boots).
A highly under-rated yet incredibly handy bag is the rolling cabin bag. It is free to take this sized item – as well as a handbag or manbag – and can be checked into the main luggage if you should splurge on shopping (for an extra fee most likely).
And my final tip that saves me time and fluster is that I prepare my handbag with everything I need before I board. When I get to the departure gate, I transfer my book, water bottle, slippers, headset and a pen (you need this for completing arrival docs) into my handbag then when I get to my seat I can just fling my cabin bag into the overhead locker, take my seat and unpack into the seat pocket in front of me while everyone else flaps around in the aisles. Too easy!
See Steven Adams play for the OKC, stay in the French Quarter and a plantation home on the Mississippi, eat Texas BBQ and visit the Johnson Space Center.
Includes a three-day pass to the Hong Kong 7s, plenty of time for shopping and rooftop bars plus two nights in historic Macau.