Whether you’re journeying overseas or enjoying a staycation, you’re likely to leave packing until the last minute. It is the one essential task that must be taken care of before any of the fun can begin!

Here’s how to make the most out of your suitcase and be prepared for anything.

1. Check the weather

Before you start packing, check the upcoming weather forecast for your destination. This way it’ll be easier for you to decide what kind of clothes you need to bring. It will also help to eliminate over-packing and save unnecessary weight in your luggage, and it’ll leave some room for you to bring things home without another bag.

2. Pack based on your itinerary 

Depending on the kind of activities you have planned, there will be certain clothing items you must bring. Make sure you check your itinerary and bring the appropriate clothing.

3. Roll your clothes

If you’re on a longer holiday and need to maximise the space in your bag, roll your clothes. Roll each clothing item separately and you’ll discover just how much more you can fit into your suitcase.

4. Limit your toiletries 

Toiletries can be heavy and space consuming, so only include what you will really need. You can buy reusable, travel-sized containers and fill them with your own products to save space.

If you’re flying, do not fill the containers completely to the top as changes in air pressure during flights can cause the contents to expand and leak.

5. Make a list and check it twice

A list can help you see if you’re over or under-packing. Make sure you tick off all of your essentials as you go along.

Make packing hassle-free and focus on the fun that’s ahead of you.

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This article first appeared on Over60.