So, you’ve booked a trip to Northern Ireland, and the kids can’t seem to contain their excitement.

You’ve organised daytime entertainment, booked yourself on one of our tours to learn more about the area’s history and urban legends, and you’re looking forward to settling into your accommodation. What’s next?

Well, there’s an elephant in the room that everyone seems to be avoiding, and it sits in the corner; the suitcase.

A necessary part of heading off to greener lands, packing is the bane of many people’s lives. Sitting on top of your luggage to zip up the lid, and forgetting whether you popped something in (at the bottom of the case) are just two packing disasters that a lot of people come across.

But it doesn’t have to be stressful; just follow our top tips below.

Make use of laundry services

Unfortunately, where most people go wrong is by packing three times more than they actually need, leaving no space for souvenirs on the way back, and causing a struggle to close the case on the way there.

So, instead of trying to cram weeks’ worth of clothes in your suitcase, make use of laundry services at your destination. For a small cost, you can re-wear clean clothes without having to worry about overloading your case.

Roll it, don’t fold it

Instead of folding your clothes, try rolling them instead. This way, you can pop pairs of socks inside of tops and keep toiletries wrapped up in jeans and other clothing items.

A great way to make the most of the space available, it also means you don’t have to pass up the opportunity to take a keepsake from the Emerald Isle home because you’ve run out of room.

Use old packaging as dividers

Tackling one of the common scenarios mentioned at the start of this article, it’s all too easy to forget and lose track of where you’re popping your electricals, toiletries and more.

Don’t panic. Simply use old packaging, like that of sheets, as dividers. This way, you can stay organised your whole trip and not have to waste another second looking for the kids’ sunglasses.

So, these are just three of LOTN‘s tips for family packing. Of course, with more of you heading off on holiday to Ireland, it can be difficult to find space for everything. But these tips should make your life just that little bit easier (and your case that little bit lighter)!