THIS IS A GUEST POST WRITTEN BY PAULINE DAVIS
We’ve all been there as women. Trying to pack for that upcoming getaway and telling yourself you’ll only be taking a carry-on or backpack – but before you know it, you’re sitting on your suitcase in an effort to stop everything spilling out.
The reality is, we don’t wear half the stuff we take with us, and packing efficiently is easier than you think, which gives you more time to plan your trip (check out some travel guides here).
Read on for my top packing tips.
Toiletries are always an issue, and usually take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage.
Opt for travel size bottles which can be refilled, slot them in between the smaller spaces in your luggage, and where you can pick up any extras at the airport once you’re through security, so you don’t have to pack big bottles. If you’re travelling with hand luggage only, this is sometimes essential so as to not go over the liquid limits.
Pack clothes you’ll wear more than once, and which can be doubled up for different outfits. For example, that cute new bathing suit you’ve got can also double as a top when paired with a pair of denim shorts, or floaty midi skirt. That’s a daytime outfit covered, and you’re also sorted for the evening if you team it with something a little more glitzy on the bottom. Bonus!
Be strict with shoes
Ah, the shoes. One of the heaviest items in any suitcase. Yes, I know those strappy wedges would go perfectly with that cute new tea dress, but the likelihood is that it’s going to be too hot and uncomfortable to wear them anyway.
Flats are always a winner – go for some fancy sandals for evening, trainers for daytime, and perhaps a pair of walking shoes or boots if you’re off on an adventure. The best part is, sandals can easily be slipped down the smallest spaces in your case. And if you really want to take the wedges, just wear them to the airport!
You won’t need a hairdryer. Hotels will provide these, or, if you’re staying in a hostel, you can ask to borrow one.
If you want to take straighteners, these won’t take up as much space as a full-blown hairdryer, but wrap them up tightly (I usually put them in some bubble wrap to avoid any damage to the plates), and slot them down the side somewhere in your luggage.
Holiday hair is always best when au naturel, so embrace those beach waves with just a little bit of product to keep frizz at bay.
Yes, we all need to pack the boring stuff, too. Remember items like mosquito spray, something safe to keep your money in, and the correct plugs for the country (no one wants to be without phone charge!).
There are loads of great tips out there on exactly what to bring depending on the climate and destination, so don’t put off doing your research. You’ll be grateful in the long-run
Author: Abbigayle Warner
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