Inside the expat suitcase

If you work at customs, you get to look inside other people’s suitcases every day. But for the majority of us, what’s inside our fellow travellers’ suitcases remains a mystery.

With the new Monarch TV ad as our inspiration, we thought it the perfect opportunity to snoop inside the nation’s suitcases. Today we’re talking to Candice Hall, a Brit living in Alicante but commuting between her two homes. Read on for her packing list and top packing tips…

Hi Candice! Where do you travel to the most?
We travel to Alicante in Spain, because we own a holiday home near there and it’s the best way to see the sunshine! Also, we travel to Europe to ski every Winter.

What luggage do you use?
Suitcases or wheelie bags dependent on the season, and generally a back-pack for hand luggage.

What’s in your suitcase?
Mainly clothes, as having a holiday home in Spain we have all our toiletries, sun creams, swimwear etc already there. My husband sometimes transports tools that he needs for small maintenance jobs at the house.

What are your packing essentials?
An iPod for music

What’s the weirdest souvenir you’ve ever brought home?
A Balinese wooden sculpture*

Have you ever forgotten to pack something important?
A mobile phone charger, predicatably…

Any home comforts that you just can’t live without?
Soft Feather pillows – two of them.

 

Do you have any tricks for packing it all into one case?
Focus on necessities, as shampoo, deodorant and other toiletries which are heavy to transport can usually all be purchased locally.

What are your top tips for packing?
Use socks, pants and other small items of clothes to pad out your sun hat and place in the middle of the case so that it doesn’t get crushed in transit. Also when skiing, roll up and pack your ski socks inside your boots as it utilises all the available space. My husband says his top tip is ‘Get your Wife to do it!’ :o

And finally… where does your suitcase live for the rest of the year, after your holiday is over?
Sealed in a large storage bag at the top of my walk-in closet.

*An aside from daughter, Sarah:
‘I’d like to input that the weirdest souvenir you’ve ever brought back from holiday was when Dad brought back the harpoon gun and wetsuit from America!!’

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