Packing hacks for the plus-size traveller

Every inch of space counts, so it helps to think creatively about the spaces that are commonly overlooked.
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Every inch of space counts, so it helps to think creatively about the spaces that are commonly overlooked.

Packing: For some people, it's the least favourite part of planning a holiday.

For those who wear bigger-sized clothes, packing is a complicated task as it may require a lot more organisation to get every inch out of your luggage space – and nobody likes paying more for baggage.

Seasoned US traveller Laura Delarato has shared a list of things to consider as you get your wardrobe selection in order. 

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1. SELECT THE RIGHT SUITCASE

Larger clothes have more fabric and take up more space. Ensure your bag is light-weight and has nifty partitions to organise all your stuff, says Delarato. And while some would assume a soft shell luggage bag is able to squeeze in more, a well-designed and well-compartmentalised hard shell may be able to do a better job.

2. PLAN YOUR IN-FLIGHT OUTFIT

This sly trick has been taken to the extreme by many a smart-alecky traveller. But the airport outfit is key to the packing process, writes Delarato. It is structural, has the most fabric, is versatile and can be worn multiple times.

3. DAY-TO-NIGHT ENSEMBLE

The clothes you select should be good for day or night-time activities. Pick items that can be easily elevated with a simple accessory, Delarato advises. Versatile options will have you covered especially for the free-and-easy traveller who isn't certain what they'll be up to till they get there.

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4. BE STRATEGIC

Prioritise packing things you cannot easily find while overseas, says Delarato. Quality plus-size swimming gear, jeans or dresses for instance, will come in handy. The perennial debate between rolling and folding comes into play too – there's no right answer, but your packing technique may affect what you can take along with you.

5. SECRET STORAGE

Every inch of space counts, so it helps to think creatively about the spaces that people might overlook. Sneak in socks or leggings inside shoes, or secure your shawl in the concave of your cap.

 - Stuff

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