When you’re a busy professional, especially one with young kids. It seems like packing and getting away on a holiday is a virtual impossibility. In the gig economy, many people are turning to self-employment in reaction to a brutal and capricious job market. While the spirit of entrepreneurship is always something to be celebrated. It is a harsh reality that every day spent out of work is a day spent losing money. For those looking to get away, a weekend break in a culturally rich or romantic city is often a great compromise. Booking a cheap flight to Paris, Venice or Berlin and a reasonably priced hotel can be a perfect opportunity for a young professional, but with so much to do and so little time (not to mention the limited luggage allowance), it can be difficult to know what to pack.
What you’re able to take will be dictated somewhat by your luggage allowance. Most budget airlines allow one item of hold baggage per person. The weight limit per item is 10kg and the maximum permitted dimensions are of 56cm x 40cm x 25cm. Some airlines will allow you to carry extra at a premium. Needless to say, you’re going to have to walk a fine line between traveling light and being prepared. Start packing with the luggage allowance weight in mind.
Obviously, your clothing choices will be largely dependent on the season and the likely climate of your destination. If you can, it’s a good idea to choose a range of clothes so that you dress for your style whatever the weather. You can usually do this with packing…
- 2 tops (shirts, jumpers, vest tops or tees, depending on the weather).
- 2 pairs of bottoms or shorts.
- 1 pair of socks and underwear per day.
- 1 cardigan or hoodie for layering when things get cold.
- 2 pieces of evening wear/dresses.
Coats and jackets eat space so it’s a good idea to wear a good all rounder on the flight that will offer warmth and protection in bad weather without baking you alive when it’s hot.
It’s slightly easier for men to pack. The principals are much the same since many articles of men’s clothing like polo shirts, casual shirts or even a plain crew neck tee can be dressed up or down, all but eliminating the need for evening wear. If he doesn’t have a jacket that walks the line between being protective without rendering him hot, sweaty and miserable. Then you can always gift him something ideal from Dickie’s Life to get the trip off to the best possible start. It’s important to help him strike that balance between being practical and looking good.
For the kids
Some children are better fliers than others. While their clothing provision will be similar to yours and your partners, it’s important to ensure that they have something to keep them entertained on the plane. As well as in moments of downtime. A tablet or portable DVD player with their favourite movies loaded on is a good idea but you can’t go wrong with good old-fashioned books either (just be mindful of the weight when packing).