TRAVEL TUESDAY * TOP TIPS AND HACKS – PACK LIKE A PRO*
Packing is the travel dance, that we all think we know, but for the most part aren’t that great at performing. If you want a heads up on how to be a great packer, we have the goods for you.
Start with selecting neutral basics (that you can wear more than once) to keep your carry-on light enough to have room for souvenirs. Layout the clothes you have in mind for your trip and then break them out into must-haves, not the nice-to-haves. You’ll be surprised how fast your pile of clothes thins out.
Next pull out your staples – jeans, blazer, t-shirt, white shirt, along with your bulkiest outfit, which you will be wearing on the plane. Pull additional separates – packing extra tops (long-sleeve/short-sleeve) will give you more options.
PRO-TIP – aka Superhero top – you know that top that goes with everything Hanes Women’s Long Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt
If you need extra bottoms, go for chinos or leggings, both of which will be less bulky in your case, then pull out your chosen outfits to your activities.
PRO-TIP If you really want to travel light, you have to keep it real with your shoes, they are space grabbers, so be brutal – take one pair to walk around in and one dressy pair.
FOLD OR ROLL
Do you fold or roll – a gold star to all of you who said roll. In case you are still wondering, why roll? To save space in your carry-on or weekend bag and keep your clothes wrinkle-free.
THE GAMECHANGER – PACKING CUBES
This travel unicorn really will transform your travel life and my favourite travel unicorn packing cubes are by Travelwise Packing Cubes. The cubes, available in multiple sizes, keep you organized during your travels and make it much easier and faster to pack – especially useful if your trip is a long one. You’ll be amazed at how by having packing cubes, you will be able to keep your clothes organized and folded, when moving stuff in and out of your suitcases.
IRON OUT YOUR WRINKLES
Have you ever approached the reception desk of your hotel or hostel, asked for the iron and then been handed a worn looking iron that didn’t do the job? Cut out the reception dash and bring your own. Luckily for all of you, I have the perfect lightweight travel iron for you – The Duronic Mini Steam Iron. This nifty pint-size wrinkle warrior is lightweight, heats up quickly, is comfortable to use and comes complete with a little jug to fill it with water.
PRO TIP – don’t leave home without Bounce Tumble Dryer Sheets. Not only will these keep your clothes smelling great in your case/packing cubes. They pick up pet hair. You can use them to wipe soap scum from your shower door, a must if you’re a clean freak like me.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some dryer sheets have been shown to repel insects. Bounce dryer sheets to keep mosquitoes and fungus gnats away.
One thing I never leave out of my travel wardrobe is my jeans. You can dress them up or down and they are great to travel in. If you don’t believe me, travel without them for a week’s trip anywhere in the world and you’ll find yourself wishing you’d brought them with you.
WARM WEATHER CLOTHES CONUNDRUM
When you flit between climates you will find you that you need warmer clothes, but warmer clothes are of course heavier and take up precious space in your carry-on. If you’re not already familiar with the cult of layering – ladies and gentlemen it’s time to get onboard.
Aside from your winter coat or jacket with clever layering, mix and match your clothing options like long-sleeved Ts, a hat, a large scarf (double purpose – wrap and pillow) and light sweaters, you can stay as snug as a bug, without having to bring along another case.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to lose out on laundry day Bring along a travel size bottle of detergent or washing powder, so you have it handy to wash out underwear and other quick-drying items of clothing.
RETURN TO SENDER
There are sometimes during the course of a long trip when you realize that you really have brought way too many clothes with you.
Depending on where you are in the world and the cost – send what you don’t need back home. Whatever the cost is, it is nearly always worth it in terms of having less luggage to carry abound and will save you from those pesky excess weight baggage charges.
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