What to pack? How many shoes to take? What’s an ‘in case of emergency’ kit? Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or planning your first summer holiday, these tips will make you a smarter (and happier!) traveller.

1. Don’t over pack

We are all guilty of doing this. Try putting everything you want to bring in a pile and slowly eliminate the things that aren’t necessary. Ask the simple questions: “Do I want it or do I need it?”

2. Be cruel to your favourite shoes

It’s no secret that shoes are a nightmare when it comes to packing. One pair of broken-in comfortable walking shoes and a street-friendly pair of sandals is all you will need. Forget the heels! You know you aren’t going to wear them.

3. In case of an emergency…

Whether you’re travelling domestic or international you should always pack an ‘in case of an emergency’ bag that will go on the plane with you. This bag should include:

– toiletries like your fave toothpaste?

– a change of underwear

?- some tampons (we like Moxie)?

– essential vitamins (like Hairy Lemon – packed with B-Group vitamins)

– Febridol if you get a headache?

– and a change of clothes.

4. Forget the guidebook!

Bring the pages that matter. No one wants to cart around guidebooks for every place they are visiting. Make photocopies of the important sections and your favourite pages this way at the end of your trip you can throw it in the bin.

5. Remember the serious stuff

Photocopy of all your credit cards, passport, travel insurance and any other important documents you have. Leave this with a family member or friend along with your itinerary. You should also consider scanning them and mailing them to yourself so you always have access to these documents.

6. Arrive at the airport as early as you can

For domestic travel, try to arrive at least 2 hours before your flight time; on international, make it three. This reduces any stress or anxiety and there are actually some great places to eat, drink and shop at the airport.

7. Keep your pockets empty
Try not to travel with anything in your pockets except your passport and wallet. You won’t have to dig everything out of your pockets every time you go through security.

8. Don’t forget the tote bag

Invest in a tote bag that folds up into a small package that you can slip into your backpack or day bag. This comes in handy while your out and about shopping and collecting souvenirs.

9. Eat healthy on the plane

Yes, we all do our best to stay positive when eating the food on the plane. But to rule out weariness once you get off the plane, try to eat as light and healthy as possible.

10. Stay hydrated

One of the most important tips for traveling and especially flying because the air up there is particularly dry, it’s especially important that you drink plenty of water, even if you think you are not thirsty.

What’s your smartest travel tip?