As most stereotypical women out there I tend to over pack sometimes (or most of the time), not only when traveling overseas but even on a small weekend getaway, however, I always manage to fit it all.
Being that I’ve worked in retail (start of university years) selling travel goods, such as suitcases, travel accessories, backpacks/day-bags, has helped me on the way I pack and organise myself when travelling. There is such a large variety of travel products and brands out there, of which not many of you might be aware of, so I thought I’d share. The secret is to pack smart and keep your luggage as light as possible.
Your Handbag and Carry-on Bag
- Travel Wallet – best investment! I spent $70 on my leather Kikki-K wallet. Pretty cute and practical. Great to collect all your travel documents, passport, cash, credit cards, reservations and itineraries, hotel and tour information, personal ID /student ID if you have one (discounts – Australian student cards aren’t recognised in Europe but worth trying as some might think it is from the UK, a little cheeky…I know!)
- A Pen – Yup a pen! Certain countries require you to fill a declaration card entering and leaving the country. Trust me, you don’t want to be asking strangers for one.
- A Good Book/Kindle/e-Reader/iPad – If you going to be waiting for a connecting flight for over 3 hours by yourself, this is highly recommended! You’ll get bored to death. (You don’t need it all, choose one)
- Mobile device and charger
- Hand cream
- Lip moisturiser
- Prescription glasses
- Electrical converters and adapters
- Travel pillow
- Hand sanitiser or wet wipes
- Prescriptions or painkillers
- A just in-case outfit
- Basic toiletries under 100ml
- Hair straighter – You can have this on you check in luggage, but I have curly hair and I can’t stand the thought of losing my beautiful GHD.
If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure you keep your carry-on bag as light as possible and it has items to keep you cosy.
Your Main Bag
Whatever you’re planning, wherever you’re going, I’d suggest that you pick a versatile luggage, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. Hubby and I invested in some Samsonite luggage a few years back. They are a little pricey but large, light weight and spinners (4 wheels)!! There is a huge variety of suitcases out there that fit everyone’s needs but if you’re looking for something really light, you’ll need to be prepared to spend that extra bit.
If you’ve planned several activities which require a variety of gear to pack in your suitcase, keeping everything organised and under the weight limit can be tricky, especially if you’re packing for winter. The best things you can do when you’re packing for any trip at all, is to use packing organisers. Packing organisers can help you keep clothing organised in compartments based on clothing types and it can make it easier to keep your bag neat and have a quick and easy access to everything you need. Using compression sacks can help you reduce the volume of your clothes, which is quite convenient for bulky items such as sweaters and jackets (Check video at the bottom of the post) .
We all love to have options when it comes to clothing on our trips, especially us girls. Unfortunately, we tend to get all these options and end up wearing the same over and over again as it is the most comfortable out of everything else we’ve packed (story of my life). However, options, doesn’t mean we need to over-pack. Just pack smart (Yes!! That simple). Include clothing that allows you to creating a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe allows you to pick versatile clothing to mix and match so you don’t have to bring separate pieces for each outfit. Also, try not to take too many shoes with you, as they are unnecessary extra weight in the suitcase.
Your Toiletry Bag
If you’re having your toiletries in your carry-on, keep your toiletry bag light and remember: liquids, gels, deodorant, creams, and pastes must be no more than 100ml PER CONTAINER (highlighting this as till a year ago I thought it was in total – silly me).
Don’t forget the following for your toiletry case:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
- Hair brush or comb, hair ties, bobby pins
- Shampoo and conditioner (check-in)
- Make up
- Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes
- Personal hygiene items
- Hair products
- Shaving kit
- Facial tissues
- Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked-in luggage)
Pack Your Day Bag
Ensure you choose a light bag that is easy to carry around safely and comfortably. In most large touristy cities, you’ll always need be careful and aware of pickpockets. The easiest way of protecting your valuables, is by keeping it hidden and close to you or stashing your money belt/neck wallet/undercover bra stash/leg wallet or holster underneath your clothing. There is so many different styles and brands to choose from for the items mentioned above. Some of my favourite anti-theft products are Pacsafe. Most of their products are made with internal wires and secret lock up pockets. You can have a look at their website for more information.
It would be a good precaution to also consider choosing products that are RFID protected. RFID protection keeps your passports and credit cards/debit cards safe while travelling. It’s been identified that now they can read microchips on passports, credit cards etc. and steal your identity.
For more tips and ideas visit some of the above sites:
Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Please share your experience or recommend anything you find works for you.