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How to travel without being weighed down

JETTING off to explore the beachfront cliffs in the Greek islands, cooling down with gelato in Rome or channelling your inner Gigi Hadid as you stroll the alleyways of Paris? Leave the extra luggage at home, and leave plenty of space for shopping with these packing tips from travel expert Jane Savage.

Consider the beauty bag - Your beauty bag can be one of the heaviest items in the suitcase.

Make sure you pack travel size for all the essentials like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, sunscreen and moisturisers so you can squeeze them into one compact bag.

If you are planning a European seaside escape then forget the hairspray and powders and head for the sea - the salt water is the perfect volume and texturiser to give you perfect holiday hair.

Not all boots are made for walking - Pack a pair of thongs, your favourite sandals, some runners and your most comfortable heels for those special nights out where cobblestones won't be a problem.

Savage also recommends wearing trainers on the plane to save room in your luggage and also your feet between terminals.

Bag is important - Given that your bag is an everyday essential, make sure you pack a bag with a shoulder strap to free up your hands for shopping and the many gelato pit-stops all around Italy.

If you are planning a few nights out, then a clutch to dress up your outfit should fit inside the bag.

Outfits - When you are away for a few weeks at a time but want to still mix up your looks, your favourite dress can be styled with small packing inclusions so you don't look the same every day.

Add a waist belt, throw on a tee and tie it at the back for a skirt and top look or throw on a shirt and tie at the front if it's going to be cooler at night. Neutral colours for outfit staples also will serve travellers well.

Remember, if you are shopping you will also have something new to wear.

Mixing and improvising new outfits is also a great tip for when the weather differs between cities or countries - it can be cooler in Eastern Europe than in Italy or Greece.

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