The Packing Challenge

I’ll admit it, I’m an over-packer. I don’t travel light anywhere. My handbag is stuffed to the gills even when I pop to the village shop for a pint of milk, so when I go on holiday for a week or two I can’t help myself.

I’ve read all the anecdotes about taking out half of the clothes you’ve packed. And I loved the advice from Brix Smith-Start for packing light on our sister blog. But my long-suffering husband will testify that I just can’t seem to put this theory into practice. I’m always tempted to throw in a seventh kaftan, and I really, really need to take that polo neck jumper. You know the woman at the airport struggling to drag her enormous suitcase? That’s me!

But I think our friends over at The Handpicked Collection may have found the answer for a serial take-too-mucher like myself. It’s called the ‘Pack This’ list. The genius lies in its simplicity. It’s just a notepad of pre-printed essentials, split out into handy sections. It’s perfect for planning a slimmed-down suitcase. And the key here is planning rather than stuffing and panicking the night before your flight. As well as the more obvious outfit tick boxes there are useful things, too (which I always forget to pack) like plasters, a journal and your camera charger. It’ll do away with those nasty surprises when you unpack your toiletries in your hotel and realise you’ve forgotten your deodorant. It’s not rocket science, but it might just work.

The Pack List

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And while I’m on the subject of all things practical, the Wash Me Wear Me bag, also from The Handpicked Collection is going to be another addition to my suitcase. The idea is to keep your clean delicates separate from your not-so-clean delicates when you head home. It’s soft and squishy so will fit easily into your case. And when you get back to reality and loading the washing machine, everything that needs washing is simple to find.

Wash Me Wear Me Embroidered Bag

I’m going to put these to the test next month and see if I can manage to take a sensible selection of my wardrobe with me rather than 90% of what I own. I’ll let you know how I get on.

About the author

Nicky Jones

Description: Nicky Jones , Creative Manager

Nicky heads up the Creative team at TUI UK & Ireland, with a brilliant team of writers and designers. She trained as a journalist before jumping ship to PR and then onto all things creative. Her idea of the perfect holiday is a luxury break somewhere like Corsica, far from the madding crowds and combining equal measures of sightseeing, relaxing, shopping and eating.

8 replies to "“The Packing Challenge”"

  1. Gillian Stonor says: 22/10/2013 at 00:47

    Booked on your flight coming back 4 nov need to add suicase flight no 4139 going out with different carrier can book with them but not you booked package on beach wont let me do thompson suitcase on there web but other carrier I can help thankyou

    • Samantha @Thomson says: 22/10/2013 at 01:30

      Hi Gillian, If you send your booking reference over to –, I’ll look into this for you.

  2. Mrs J Carter says: 13/06/2013 at 12:02

    I am travelling on the Thomson Celebration for two weeks. I have been told there is a launderette containing washing machine plus dryer. Are there any dispensing machines for soap powder. I hate the thought of packing soap powder and then find out I could have purchased it on board

    • Lauren K @Thomson says: 22/06/2013 at 09:32

      Hi Mrs. Carter, There are no dispensing machines for soap powder, because we the ships use liquid soap that goes into the washing machine automatically.

  3. vicmunro says: 08/05/2013 at 16:51

    Does thomson spirit have tea & coffee facilities in outside cabins

    • Samantha @Thomson says: 12/05/2013 at 09:28

      Hi Vicmunro, I’ve just checked this for you and unfortunately we don’t offer tea & coffee making facilities in our outside cabins on the Thomson Spirit.

  4. Kevin Miles says: 23/11/2012 at 22:48

    I’ve read many adverse comments re the lack of tea and coffee making facilities on the Majesty. Why do you not provide them? Why do we need to bring a travel kettle with us just to make an early morning cup of tea?

    • Amarita@Thomson says: 26/11/2012 at 14:17

      Hi Kevin, I’ve just checked the brochure and the tea and coffee making facilities are subject to room type. I’m sorry you’re not happy with this and I’ll pass your feedback on to the cruise team.

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