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Genius packing tips from a hotel expert

AVANI Broadbeach General Manager, BRETT HOHN, shares his top packing hacks that will change your life.

Brett Hohn, General Manager of the AVANI Broadbeach Residences, is a highly experienced hotel and resort manager, with over 25 years in the business. Here, Brett shares with Traveltalk his top six packing hacks.



Heavy things go near the wheels

I can guarantee that most of us pack our bag while it’s lying down and we don’t realise what will happen once we stand the bag up on its wheels. Pop all the heavy items such as shoes near the wheels for ease of mobility to and from your hotel. 


Invest in a luggage scale

For all those jetsetters out there, it’s time to buy a luggage scale if you don’t already have one. All you have to do is slip the hook on your luggage, lift the luggage and see the weight of your bag. You’ll be saving yourself a lot of time, hassle and let’s not forget money at the airport.


Pack your socks inside your shoes

Not only will you be saving space in your bag, putting socks inside your shoes will help them keep their shape so they don’t get squished in an over packed bag.


Pack by outfit

How many of us have gotten to the end of a trip and realised you haven’t worn half the clothes you brought? It happens to the best of us. Plan your outfits before you leave home, only take a pair of pants if you have a top and pair of shoes that you can wear with it.


Use packing cubes

Packing cubes help you keep similar items altogether – and make you feel extremely organised! Also because of the way they are shaped (like building blocks) it makes it easy to stack and move them neatly into the drawers of your hotel cupboard.


Roll versus fold

The roll versus fold debate continues to plague travellers. I am an advocate for doing both. Roll the clothes you don’t want to get all wrinkled such as dress and t-shirts and fold the bulkier clothes like jumpers and jeans.


Written by: Brett Hohn
Published: 20 May 2018

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