Great packing tips to help you travel lighter

Here are the best packing hacks to help lighten the load of your holiday luggage.

A person packs a suitcase
  • Jetstar
  • October 2019
  • Updated December 2021

We all know packing light – and smart – makes for smooth travel. Here are five tips that will change the way you pack and leave you smiling on the other side.

1. Master the ranger roll

It’s no secret that rolling your clothes takes up less space in your suitcase than folding, but there’s an art to it. Known as the “ranger roll”, the method involves folding up one end of the item of clothing to create a cuff or pocket. Fold in sides to make a neat rectangle. Starting from the opposite end, roll the item tightly, then fold one side of the pocket over the roll, securing it snugly. Voila!

A person packs a suitcase using the
The "ranger roll" method saves precious space in your suitcase.

2. Organise and compress

Packing cubes are a great tool for keeping your suitcase organised but be mindful that they are essentially extra items of luggage. If maximising space is more important than minimising weight, compression bags are perfect for constricting bulky items like puffer jackets.

3. Think small (but green)

Purchasing travel-sized toiletries isn’t cost effective or kind to the planet. Save space and cash by decanting your favourite products into reusable bottles. To prevent leaks, opt for plastic-free solid toiletries like shampoo cubes.

A woman sorts out her travel toiletries.
Using reusable bottles for your toiletries is an eco-friendly travel hack.

4. Go tech-lite

Do you really need to travel with all that tech? When it’s time to upgrade your favourite devices, look for rechargeable and multi-use products (such as power banks that double as storage devices), which allow you to pack – and stress – less.

5. Know your limits

No-one wants to end their holiday forking out for excess baggage at the airport. By checking restrictions in advance and travelling with a portable luggage scale (which is particularly handy for post-souvenir-shopping weigh-ins), you’ll never get caught out.

A traveller weighs their luggage using a scale.
A luggage scale is a must-have when packing.