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Now, we've all packed a laughable amount of things for a holiday and been mocked by our travel buddies when we show up at the airport.

Many of us have brought a suitcase for an overnight stay, or added extra baggage onto our flights for no reason. Especially in Ireland, when we can never predict what weather we're going to have.

Forgetting a key item while packing is a deep psychological fear. What if we forget our core makeup items? Our medical bag? Our passport? OURSELVES? It's a worrying time.

The latest statistics from QS Supplies have shown that 10 percent of people take BED SHEETS to hotel rooms with them, because they won't want to use the provided sheets. Um, okay?

The survey of 1008 people revealed that many of the population (we won't name names) have taken their own bedding on holiday with them to avoid catching germs or contracting bacterial infections.

5.9 percent of survey respondents also admitted to taking personal cutlery to a restaurant, meaning one in every 16 eaters in any restaurant you go to have possibly snuck in their own knife and fork.

We can't imagine using up vital bag space to stuff in our own sheets and bedding. Those people clearly have some strange priorities that don't involve bringing five pairs of shoes and a shop's worth of cosmetics.

12 percent of people apparently don't think hotel sheets are washed enough to warrant sleeping in them, but we wonder why?

Unless they're stained or have a weird odour or appearance, we're more than happy to sleep in a big, fluffy hotel bed with extravagant pillows and throws.

Now,if someone could just pay for us to head on a weekend away, preferably to a spa, that would be lovely. Thanks in advance xoxo

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When it comes to going on holiday, there's a lot that can go wrong, and one of those things is shampoo exploding all over your suitcase.

Your clothes, make-up and basically everything is destroyed and smells like lavender and berries. Great.

So, to avoid this mishap the next time you're flying away, we found a tweet that has answered all of our prayers.

Jaiden Animations took to Twitter to show her fans a hack her mam showed her, and it's pretty handy.

She wrote, "idk if this is common knowledge but my mom showed me this hack to prevent leaking liquids for travelling/packing so im tweeting to save a bag."

It's simple. It's smart. It's brilliant.

We're definitely going to be using this hack the next time we're heading away.

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Summer is right around the corner, and we've already started thinking about where we want to jet off to on our holidays.

There is nothing better than taking a city break with friends or heading off to the sun, but it can be seriously inconvenient if we forget something along the way.

Here are a few things we always forget, so make sure you put them on your list of travel essentials. 

1. Toothbrush

This is definitely the most important essential that people forget to bring all the time.

The best thing to do is have a travel toothbrush specifically ready for going on holidays with you, that way you can leave your usual one at home to languish without worrying about having to remember it the morning of your flight. 

SONIC Chic has just unveiled their Urban Collection, which includes six gorgeous, holiday-worth designs that fit perfectly into your travel bag. 

The eclectic range of electric toothbrushes are available from Boots for a complete bargain at €14.95.

 

2. Flip flops

There is no excuse to forget flip flops when you can get them cheap as chips on the high street and in Penneys. 

Buying them at home before you go is a good option, as often seaside vendors abroad charge a bit more for them, knowing that people have forgotten them at home. 

Penneys have so many gorgeous styles at the moment, including these two pairs, which come in at only €1.00 and €2.00 respectively. 

3. Chargers and adapters

You can pick up adapters easily in the airport on your way, but be sure to hold on to them when you return so you can use them again and again. 

Chargers are another often forgotten item, so make sure you have one stashed away in the pocket of your handbag at all times. 

4. Headphones 

There is nothing worse than having a long journey ahead of you with no headphones available. 

These can be bought from pretty much anywhere, but it's so annoying to have to spend money on something you already have at home, so make sure to pack these the night before. 

 

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5. Tea bags 

Yes, we know it's a bit of a cliché, but sometimes all you want in the evenings is a decent cuppa. 

Just pop a few tea bags in your case for emergencies and you're good to go.

The tea bags can also help keep your clothes fresh on long-haul flights thanks to the odour absorbing power of tea. 

Feature image: Instagram/pavlinajagrova

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We love going away on holidays. Who doesn't? And we also love buying clothes for holidays.

BUT, when it comes to packing a suitcase, that's where it goes totally downhill.

Barely a stitch of clothing will fit in a carry-on bag, so you have to pay extra on most airlines to bring a suitcase. Ugh.

Unless you can master this hack.

Posted on Facebook by Anacleto, the video has gone viral because it shows a woman packing TWO weeks worth of clothes into a small carry-on suitcase. Handy.

She starts off by laying out a long-sleeved shirt flat, and then picks up another and lays it in the opposite direction.

She literally lays everything out flat and rolls it up into a neat little package. Perfect.

Watch the video above to become a pro at packing for your next holiday. It's actually super easy. 

Feature image: Bradley Hasemeyer

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The only thing we do not like about going on holidays is packing.

Trying to decide how many pairs of shoes we actually need is one thing. When it comes to making sure our bags aren’t over the allowed weight limit, things can get tense.

Now there’s yet another reason to fear the dreaded baggage scales. One airline has made the announcement that they are not only going to weigh luggage, they will be weighing passengers.

Yes, people, on weighing scales, in airports. Rude.

There is one silver lining for us though, unless you’re a frequent flyer of Uzbekistan Airlines then you shouldn’t have to deal with this new procedure.

The airline claims that they need to calculate the gross weight of the aircraft before it takes off, so therefore weighing both luggage and passengers is necessary.

“The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/female/children),” the company explained. “As for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed.”

They claim that it is a necessary procedure outlined by the International Air Transport Association. In a statement they said: “airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety.”

But the IATA have denied that this is true.

“All airlines have policies in place for load calculations, weight, and balance of their aircraft,” an IATA spokesperson said.

“These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator.”

Well, that’s one thing to consider if you’re ever flying in or out of Uzbekistan in the future.

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The always wonderful Body & Soul music festival kicks off tomorrow in Westmeath and no doubt attendees will right now be contemplating what to pack, what to leave behind – and what is frankly totally unnecessary but needs to brought along anyway (we're thinking clip-in hair extensions, wedges and instant tan).

But if you adhere to only one piece of advice, it's this: avoid playsuits and jumpsuits at all costs – because they won’t seem as stylish when you’re bursting for a wee.

Packing up on Monday morning can also be an absolute nightmare, so please make sure you don’t bring too much stuff (easier said than done, we know).

By now, most folk are fully aware of the essentials that will be needed to survive the weekend: wellies, baby wipes, loo roll, bin bags, tent, bum bag and sun cream should be thrown into your bag before all else.

But then there are those things that, although not quite essentials per say, will nevertheless definitely enhance your festival experience…

Megaphone
Make it easier to find your friends/embarrass your friends

 

Face paint
No festival look is complete without a few illuminous swirls and dots

 

Deck chair
Make sitting around drinking cans more comfortable but make sure you put it back in your tent when heading to the main arena as these things are like gold dust in a campsite!

 

Clothes that you would never get away with on a normal day 
Now is your chance to wear the bright green dungarees and that native American headpiece you haven’t gotten around to wearing yet.

 

A waterproof pouch for your phone
This is v handy, even if your phone is dead, just to make sure you don’t lose this at the festival, along with your, ahem… voice.

A flag for your tent  
Put a flat at the top of the tent so it’s easier to find in the dark. Nothing worse than being greeted by a sea of the same camouflage Tesco tent that was on offer for a tener the day before. Anything glow in the dark – just for the craic

 

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Let's face it guys, packing for holidays or even a night away can be seriously stressful! So when we spotted this handy little video by DaveHax we just had to share it. Who's going to be trying this one the next time they have a night away planned? Watch the video above to see for yourself.

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