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How to…pack for a spa holiday

3d illustration: Land and a group of suitcases. To take a vacation rental

A survey by has revealed some interesting differences in the way men and women pack for a holiday. Before we look at some of the best packing tips, did you know that:

  • 65% of holidaymakers are last minute packers and fill their suitcase the night before they travel
  • Most people FOLD: 68% fold clothes, 22% both fold and roll, 10% just roll clothes
  • 12% of people write a packing list
  • HALF of us cram extra items into our suitcase just before we leave for the airport
  • The majority of women admit they over pack and 91% claim they never wear all of their clothes
  • 53% went over personal baggage allowances last year

How packing styles differ:

Men use 98% of what they’ve packed while away on holiday while women only wear 62% of what they’ve packed …more than a quarter is unworn

Men pack late – 90% of men pack the night before and women pack early – 50% start to pack 3+ days ahead

The average British man packs 14 items of clothing for one week away while the average British women pack 44 items of clothing for one week away

Men are most likely to forget underwear and toiletries

Men pack ‘items’ of clothing while women pack ‘outfits’




Roll don’t fold – You will actually fit in more clothes if you roll them up very tightly and then tightly pack into your case.

Make a list – Before you even contemplate reaching for suitcase, plan what you will wear by day

Don’t be last minute – the optimum time is at least two days before your holiday.

Plan to wash – it’s really easy to wash some of your items mid holiday.

Heavy items at the bottom – and keep lighter items that tend to get creased at the top.

Make use of shoes – stuff footwear with underwear, socks, jewellery, and even toiletries.

Buy when you get there – you can buy toiletries when you get there – saving you even more space.

Wear your bulkiest items – If you’re really struggling to pack everything wear it! Layer up.

Fragile items – Pack any electricals in the centre of your case, cocooned by soft clothes and towels.