We all want packing for a trip to be quick, easy, and convenient; but if you're like me you also want it to be luxurious and a little sparkly. Below are my tips for easy packing, plus the essentials you need to stay fabulous!
I travel a lot, and I hate when I forget something, so I always have a packing list. Well to be honest I have two, and they both live in my digital planner. I have a permanent list of things I take on every trip and a blank list of things that I'll need for that specific trip.
I love packing cubes. Nothing goes into my suitcase unless it's organized in a cube or bag. They're great because you can maximize your space, and they slide right into drawers when you get to your hotel. Mine are separated into categories like "outfits" (everything for an outfit bundled together), "underpinnings", "pool stuff" (this one would include my swimsuit, coverup, hat, sunblock, etc), "hair stuff" (styling tools, brush, comb, hair spray, bobby pins, etc), and even one for first aid.
Most professional travelers say that you should roll your clothes instead of folding them, but I've found that by using the packing cubes it doesn't matter so much how I fold/roll them, just as long as everything fits.
I'm not a huge fan of buying travel-size toiletries every time I travel, for a few reasons. First, of course, is the environment, because everything you buy creates more waste. Second is because I spend a lot of time, and money, finding the best products for my skin and hair. Just because I'm traveling doesn't mean I don't want to use my favorites. And third, the reusable containers you can buy are way cuter than anything in the travel section.
You can also buy most toiletries in a solid form now, including, soap, shampoo, sunscreen, makeup remover, perfume, bug balm, and toothpaste. With these, there's no danger of them spilling, and they take up way less room.
Airplanes, hotel air conditioning, change in elevation, or just a different climate can all cause you to get dehydrated. This can affect your health, your skin, and your mood. I make sure that I always have at least one water bottle, some good lotion, and a portable humidifier.
Obviously, if you're traveling internationally you'll need a power adapter, but even if you're just going to the next town, you never know how many, or where, the outlets might be, so it's always a good idea to take your own. I love this compact power strip and multi-charging cable! And of course, always pack a portable charger for when you're on the go.
-Make Your Clothes Multitask
Anything you can take that can be worn more than once is good. A simple pair of jeans or black pants/shorts can be paired with different tops. A swimsuit coverup can also be worn over a dress. A sarong can be a dress, a skirt, a wrap, or even something you can bundle your dirty clothes in. The more versatile the item, the better.
-Use Your Purse
The truth is, if you have a large personal item (backpack, tote bag) on an airplane, you don't need your purse. But once you get to your destination, you might not want to carry that big backpack. Put your smaller bag to use by packing your jewelry, makeup, or first aid kit in it, and then put it in your suitcase. That way, your small things stay together, and your purse is ready to go when you unpack.
-Maximize Your Personal Item
Personal items are free on almost every flight, and as long as it fits under the seat, it counts, so be sure to choose and pack this wisely. You'll want to make sure you have your wallet/passport, water bottle, snacks, extra outfit (in case your luggage gets lost), portable charger and cords, tablet, medicine, headphones, compression socks, sleep mask, a wrap to use as a blanket, and sanitizing wipes. Plus whatever else you consider a necessity.
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