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How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

If you’re travelling abroad with a hand luggage only, you’re either going away for a few days or you’re using an airline that doesn’t provide free baggage allowance. 

Whether you’re taking a trip that will last a few days or 2 weeks, bringing only a hand luggage can actually save you a lot of time and money. It might seem a little difficult to go away for a few weeks with only a hand luggage, but you just need to know how to properly pack for your trip.

How To Pack A Hand Luggage Only

First of all, check the airlines hand luggage policy to see what you can and can’t bring. Make sure the liquids you take are 100ml or under and avoid bringing sharp objects.

  • Use the right hand luggage

Use the biggest possible hand luggage that is light and comfortable to use. Try using a soft case hand luggage as this will give you the opportunity to maximise every given space. 

  • Plan your outfits properly

Choose clothes that you can easily pair with other clothes as this will give you more outfits. For example, if you take 3 different tops that can match 3 different jeans, this will give you 9 different outfits already. Also, try to pack only 1 pair of shoes that is appropriate for the weather and matches your outfits.

  • Only bring what you need

Don’t forget that wherever you go, you can always wash your clothes. So, avoid bringing an unnecessary amount of underwear or socks. You only really need to bring about 3-4. Even that amount can last months, as long as you keep washing them.

  • Wear your heaviest clothing

It’s never a good idea to pack the bulky items when you’re limited on space. Always wear your heavy clothing, whether that’s a jumper or jacket, and just take them off when you need to.

  • Roll, don’t fold your clothes

You’ll find that rolling clothes creates more space and also prevents wrinkles and creases. You can also use the KonMari method to pack your hand luggage.

  • Keep your items organised

Small pouches or packing cubes are a great way to save space and keep your items organised. You can use the small pouches and smaller packing cubes for wires, gadgets and other necessities. The larger packing cubes are better for clothes, shoes and even dirty clothing.

  • Use travel bottles and containers

Since you’re limited to only 100ml or 3.04oz in a hand luggage, you can either purchase travel essentials or make use of travel sized containers and fill them up with essentials you already have.

If you need a reliable laundry service whilst travelling, Laundryheap is available to clean your clothes in some cities in the following locations: UK, Ireland, Netherlands and the UAE.


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8 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Dublin

Dublin is no doubt a beautiful county in Ireland with rich history. Whether you’re planning to temporarily or permanently move to Dublin, here are 8 things you should know before moving there:

  • Dublin is extremely international

In Dublin, you’ll find expats from all over the world and because of this diversity you will be able to find a whole variety of cuisines, from authentic Nigerian food to Portuguese cuisines. Many international companies HQ’s such as Google and Facebook can also be located in Dublin.

  • They are super friendly

It’s normal in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland to randomly talk to strangers and have a nice chat with them. Irish people in general are very welcoming and polite in their speaking. They’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction if you get lost.

  • Everything’s accessible! 

Getting around is easy from the bus, DART (train), Luas (lightrail/tram), bikes and taxi. You can even  walk from one end of the city to the other in just 30 minutes and nature is always at close proximity.

  • Buses don’t follow the schedule

Unfortunately, the buses are not exactly the best in terms of arriving when they should. Buses don’t actually follow the real-time information that you’ll see on the screen, so they can be pretty unreliable. Despite this, people still thank the drivers anyway.

  • ‘Your Man’ doesn’t actually mean your man.

If you’re having a conversation and the phrase ‘your man’ comes up, that doesn’t actually refer to your man but it refers to ‘a man’ or ‘that guy’.

  • The Pub Culture

You can find many, many pubs in Dublin and all across Ireland really. The pub is a great place to gather, not only to have a few pints but to relax and just enjoy! It is a great place to meet new people and socialise. There are a few things you’ll need to know about Irish pub culture though, like a pint

  • The weather is unpredictable

Much like the British weather, you’ll never know what the weather will be like throughout the day. It can be rainy at some point and then sunny the next. You can expect to have dull weather most of the time though.

  • The ‘Craic‘ and banter

People love to be merry and know how to have a fun time. You’ll never find them bored or having nothing to say. ‘Craic’ is a term for news, fun, stories, entertainment etc etc. Basically anything that is not boring. You’ll often here the question ‘What’s the craic?’ or ‘what’s the story?’ as a replacement to ‘how are you?’, in which your reply should be a super exciting and interesting story.

Whether you live in Dublin or are just visiting, if you need a reliable laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, wash and deliver your clothes all within 24 hours.


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5 Useful Apps For Expats In Amsterdam

Living as an expat anywhere in the world can start off as a bit of a struggle. If you’re a new expat in Amsterdam, here are some apps that will help you out in your day-to-day activities. 

5 Useful Apps For Expats In Amsterdam

For getting around Amsterdam or anywhere else in the Netherlands, this app helps you to plan journeys on all public transport. The app will provide real-time information so you can check arrival times and it also stores frequently used locations so you don’t have to keep re-entering the same locations. Available on iOS and Android.

If you’re often using the dutch railway, this app will show you real-time train departure and arrival times. Easily plan your route by checking the timetable of any station and get a summary of planned works and disruptions. Available on iOS and Android.

A convenient way to do grocery shopping from the comfort of your own home. Picnic is the cheapest online supermarket that offers a huge range of products all at your fingertips and includes free next day delivery. Available on iOS and Android.

Want food delivered to you instead of having to cook? This app allows you to easily order any cuisine you want from restaurants that are in your local area. You can view the menu and simply choose what meal you want to eat. You also get the option to pick-up your food. Available on iOS and Android.

For days where you don’t feel like doing the laundry or just don’t have the time for it, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your laundry within 24 hours. They’ll also iron already cleaned laundry and they offer dry-cleaning services too. Download the app on iOS or Android.


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How To Hand Wash Clothes

Hand washing clothes is not the number one washing method that people generally go for. However, in times of emergencies and especially when you’re travelling, knowing how to hand wash can definitely come in handy.

How To Hand Wash Clothes

What you’ll need:

  • A sink, tub or bucket
  • Liquid detergent or soap

Just as you would or should do when doing normal laundry via the washing machine, you should separate white and dark clothes to prevent colours from bleeding onto other fabrics.

  1.  Fill the sink, tub or bucket with luke-warm water and soap. If you’re using laundry detergent, make sure to add only a few drops and if it’s a bar of soap, create soapy water. You may wish to use the soap bar to scrub your clothes provided that it won’t discolour or ruin the fabric.
  2. Add your clothes and start to kind of spin and swirl them around in the water, dunking the clothes in and out. Also, scrub the clothes by rubbing parts of the fabric together, especially the dirtier areas. Feel free to add more detergent in the process and change the water if necessary.
  3. After a good few mins of scrubbing or once you feel like it’s clean enough, let your clothes soak between 10-30 mins depending on how dirty your clothes are.
  4. Rinse out the soap just by draining and changing the water or you can rinse it out directly under the tap. You’ll know you’ve rinsed it out well when there are no more bubbles and the water appears clear.

Drying Hand Washed Clothes

Wring out as much water as you can and hang them up to dry. If it’s possible, hang them outside or up by the window for exposure to the sunlight as this will help clothes to dry quicker. Be aware that clothes can drip dry and create a wet floor if they’re still filled with much water. If it becomes the case that you need to hang them indoors, hang them up in the bathroom.

For items that have a longer drying time such as wool or cotton, use any towel that’s large enough for the item of clothing, lay the piece of clothing down on a flat towel and roll it together to wring out the excess water. Then hang up to air dry.

If you’re travelling and want to use a simple laundry service, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your clothes to your within 24 hours. Just download the app for for iOS or Android.

Laundryheap is available in the UK, Ireland, UAE and Netherlands.


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Tourist Advice: What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a city well known for it’s incredibly hot summer climate, it’s modern architecture and luxury shopping malls. 

What To Wear In Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city where a majority of the population is made up of expats, most of which are from the western region, so it can be quite confusing as to what you can wear. 

Although the city is filled with many expats and welcomes different cultures and religions, Dubai is a city in the UAE which is an Islamic country. So, traditional clothing is modest for both men and women.

One thing for sure is that locals nowadays love to dress up and look good whenever they’re out in public. They love to show off their designer brands and will always make the effort to look fashionably presentable. The style sense will usually range from classy and elegant to smart casual.

The trick is to dress classy in a modest way.

Depending on what you do and where you go in Dubai, there are some public places that have a strict dress code. 

Key points to note:

  • Plunging necklines, bare midriffs and booty shorts are frowned upon.
  • Transparent and sheer clothing that will reveal your lingerie must be avoided.
  • You can wear off the shoulder/ sleeve-less tops unless a dress code says otherwise.

What To Wear To Public Places In Dubai

For public places like the park, metro, malls or just roaming around.

Women

  • Maxi, midi or knee-length dresses and skirts
  • Fitted jeans, pants or culottes.
  • Nice blouses/ tops or t-shirts
  • Short-sleeve, sleeve-less or off the shoulder tops
  • Jumpsuits, rompers or playsuits
  • Shawls or scarfs
  • Thin jackets, cardigans or kimonos 

Note that some public places such as some shopping malls have a strict dress code where you will need to cover up a bit more (your shoulders). That’s why it’s always handy to bring along a shawl or light jacket whenever you roam in Dubai.

Men

  • Fitted jeans/pants.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts or vests
  • Shorts (but not short shorts)

What To Wear To Fancy Restaurants In Dubai

You definitely have to bring some formal clothes and shoes if you plan to go to restaurants and bars in Dubai. Most nice restaurants have a semi-formal or formal dress code that do not permit trainers!

You can wear anything that looks elegant and classy, so long as it’s not too revealing.

Ladies should still keep outfits looking modest and bring along a shawl or jacket to cover up going to and from the restaurant or bar.

Men should wear polo-shirts and nice pants, with fancy shoes.

What To Wear When Visiting A Mosque In Dubai

When visiting mosques or traditional markets like Spice Souk or Gold Souk, it’s important that both men and women are fully covered and not wearing tight-fitted clothing. 

Women

  • Maxi dresses or skirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • long sleeve tops/cardigans
  • Shawls or scarfs to put over the head

Men

  • Jeans or pants
  • Long sleeved tops

What To Wear To The Beach In Dubai

Ladies can wear bikinis and swimwear to the beach or swimming pool, as long as it’s not too skimpy. Bikinis or swimsuits that have thongs are highly inappropriate. Men can wear swimming shorts with a vest or t-shirt, but must avoid being topless.

What To Wear For Nightclubs In Dubai

Dressing for nightclubs in Dubai is pretty much the same for any other city, as most of these nightclubs are international. So you can pretty much wear what you want. The only thing they will be strict about is what shoes you wear, so be sure to pack some heels or dress shoes.

If you’re planning to visit Dubai and want a convenient laundry service, Laundryheap will happily collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours to your hotel. It is also a great way to outsource your laundry if you live in Dubai.


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Holiday Packing Essentials For Your Baby

When going on holiday with your baby, you’ll realise that you need to bring a lot of items with you to ensure that your baby will be comfortable, entertained, safe, warm and remain in good health during the trip.

Here’s a list of holiday packing essentials for your baby:

Food & Drink Supplies

  1. Formula: Of course it’s an essential! Be sure to bring enough for the trip, whether it’s ready made formula in the bottle or containers of formula powder, make sure you don’t run out. Also, bring extra bottles and a bottle warmer (if necessary).
  2. Breastfeeding equipment: If your baby is still breastfeeding, bring a shawl or scarf to cover for when you’re breast feeding. If your baby drinks breast milk from the bottle, take a breast pump.
  3. Snacks/ meals: Bring plenty of snacks and pack some jars of food (ready made or homemade) to keep your baby’s tummy satisfied! If you’re travelling by plane, you don’t need to worry about the food and drink restrictions as they do not apply to your baby.
  4. Feeding accessories: Take a few bibs to avoid spillage on their clothes. Use beakers for juices and water and don’t forget to bring baby spoons! Perfect for on-the-go feeding.
  5. Wipes: A must need for spills and messes!

Travel Accessories

  1. A baby bag! You’ll definitely need a bag to put all your baby’s things (and yours) in.
  2. A compact push chair: Easy to fold and bring around with you. For off-road and walks, compact push chairs are a must-need if you’ll do a lot of strolling around and sight-seeing!
  3. Baby sling/ carrier: For more adventurous activities or if you feel like you don’t need a push chair, then take with you a baby sling.
  4. A Compact travel crib: Your baby will need somewhere safe and comfy to sleep or play in. 
  5. Blankets: Always great for comfort, shade and warmth!

Toiletries

  1. Nappies! And lots of it! You can never have to many nappies. Don’t forget baby wipes and nappy bags too! 
  2. Cream/Talcum powder
  3. Changing mat: perfect for on-the-go nappy changes
  4. Plenty of clothes appropriate for the weather! 
  5. Bath sponge
  6. Baby shampoo, soap & lotion
  7. Bath toys

Entertainment

  1. Toys: Taking a few of your baby’s favourite toys will help keep them occupied for the journey.
  2. Stuffed toy

Other Essentials To Consider

  1. Medicine
  2. First aid
  3. Bottle steriliser
  4. Pacifiers
  5. Baby monitor
  6. Night light
  7. Car seat 
  8. Booster/clamp on seats

Take into consideration the destination you’re headed to and the activities you plan to do there. You might not need all of these things and you might want to bring extra things that aren’t on this general list such as swim floats or swim nappies if you’re thinking of going swimming.

Just make sure you pack everything in advance to minimise the risk of leaving important items behind. Make sure to wash and iron all clothes and blankets before packing. Your baby may WILL use a lot of outfits, so do take more than you think they’ll need. If you”re worried about having to wash them after the trip, you can always book a laundry service with Laundryheap.


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How To Pack Your Suitcase Like A Pro

Travelling is a luxury, until you have to pack your suitcase and you’re left sitting there, procrastinating. Many of us even leave it to the last hour to officially finish packing!

The most common way to pack is to fold your clothes and just stack them on top of each other in your suitcase. This is fine… if you’re going away for the weekend. However, going away for over a week will cause us to struggle to figure out how we’re going to make everything fit (this is where the procrastination comes in).

Whether you’re away for just a week or a month, there is always a way to maximise the space you have in your suitcase. You just gotta think smart about it.

Here are the BEST ways to pack your suitcase like a pro:

1. Rolling clothes

Rolling clothes is a method that you can already visually imagine will create so much space as it makes your clothes more compact. It’s just a matter of how you’ll place it in your suitcase and how you’ll organise your things when you get to your destination. Rolling clothes creates wrinkle free clothing, if you know how to do it properly. Check out the video guide below posted by ‘Go Experimental’ on different ways to roll clothes.

2. Filing method

The filing method is basically normal folded clothes but when stacked together, it’s done in a vertical direction, like a document filling system but for clothes. This is a great organisation method for clothes drawers as well as packing for your suitcase. Check out the ‘KonMari’ filing method here.

The great thing about this method is, you can squeeze in as much garments as you can AND you’ll be able to see the clothing pieces straight away.  It also allows you to squeeze in bits and pieces on the sides.

3. Bundle Packing

Packing in bundles means folding your clothes within each other to create one big bundle. It’s a little difficult to explain through words how this works, so here’s a video guide by NBC news on how its done.

4. Compression packs

Compression packs are a great investment for bulkier items like jackets or thick jumpers. Just place your item/s in a pack and squeeze out the air with full force. This transforms big items into a more compact ones. You can also buy vacuum packs that work the same way.

5. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes don’t just save space, they create more of it. They’re basically little cube storage compartments that keep your clothes organised in your suitcase. These cubes let you pack in however method you like, because there are loads of these little cubes to fit into your suitcase. So if you want to roll or bundle your clothes, you can. You can also separate clothes by preference. Check out the video method below by ‘ebagsdotcom’.

6.  Pack ONLY things you need

Most importantly, pack only the things you NEED! Yes you may have some cute outfits you want to show off but you probably won’t wear all of them. If it helps, take out all of the clothes you want to bring and take away 1/3 of them or how much necessary, to make it fit in your suitcase. 

So check the weather, choose the right clothes and remember, you need to leave some space for souvenirs!

Unfortunately, we can’t pack your suitcase for you, but what we can do is take care of your dirty laundry when you get back! Laundry? Dry cleaning? Fold or iron? Just book a collection with us and find the right service for you.


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Lets Talk Laundry In Different Languages

Doing laundry when you travel abroad can be a little tricky. Not because you have limited resources to do laundry, but because it’s out of your normal routine and the language can be a barrier sometimes. As a result, most travellers choose to hand wash their clothes in the sink, but there are still few who would prefer to have it laundered.

When a foreign language does become a barrier, it can be difficult to specify how you want your clothes cleaned and what you want done to them, like iron or folded etc.

We’ve based this post on European languages: French, Spanish and Italian, as these are the most commonly visited places in Europe.

So let’s say you want to do your laundry in a laundromat in Spain, France or Italy. What words can you use? What phrases can you say? Let’s take a look:

 

laundry talk

Bonus for if you want to add ‘please’ and ‘thank you’:

French: ‘S’il vous plaît’ and ‘Merci’

Spanish: ‘Por favor’ and ‘Gracias’

Italian: ‘Per favore’ and ‘Grazie’

Although you might not get a 24 hour dry cleaning and laundry collection service, at least you’ve got somewhat useful words and phrases to break the language barrier when you want to use a laundromat in those countries.

Let us know in the comment section if you would like to see more laundry talk in different languages and we’ll give you a part 2, or share some useful laundry phrases in your language with us! 🙂