Of course, it may be too late to do this but if you bear in mind how you’re going to be getting Christmas presents to people while you’re shopping it could save you time when it comes to actually transporting them. If you’re struggling for ideas, experience vouchers are a great gift. Why not get someone a stay for two in a Welsh Rarebits hotel?
You’re going to be taking Christmas knitwear, use it to wrap the presents
Despite what you might think, don’t wrap the presents in advance if possible.
If you’re flying, security officials may need to open them and ruin your hard work. This can be particularly handy when transporting presents for your own children; glitzy wrapping can attract the snooping eyes of children.
Include fragile gifts in the centre of the luggage, surrounded by clothing ideally
If you’re travelling with fragile gifts, you need to think about how they’re protected during the journey. This is especially important when flying, as baggage handlers might not handle your bags with the care that you would prefer. If you can, take fragile, expensive or rare gifts in your carry on luggage.
Think about how you’re going to be greeted at the end of the trip. If you’re expected to be handing presents over as soon as you get there, pack them in a way that they will be easily accessible, which will save any scrabbling around at the destination. If you’re looking for the perfect bag to take away for a Christmas weekend, take a look at these beautiful items from Melin Tregwynt.
Recruit your very own Santa Claus
If you’re travelling in a big group, it may be worth picking a designated present transporter –your very own Santa. Ideally this person will be travelling without children, and will have a fairly big car. (A beard is optional.)