Along the years I’ve been collecting tips and “how to” lists to travel better and avoid minor nuisances, and after a lot of on-field tests I discovered that I cannot pack in a spartan way but I need to travel the lightest as possible, so here are 11 tips to pack your suitcase without stress:
CHOOSE THE GOOD SUITCASE
It’s almost a no-brainer: choose a suitcase adapted to your destination: unless you go to a resort, no need to go to Asia, for example, with a rigid suitcase. A backpack is much more suitable.
In theory, we go on an outfit per day or at least one high a day. It can help you calibrate your needs.
For example, shorts go with 2 or 3 T-shirts, shoes obviously go with most outfits, if not all. The pouch lugged in our handbag can turn into a pocket to go out at night, etc.
MAKE A LIST
Listing the main points of your stay can be useful. For example, how many dinners, how many evenings, beach/no beach, visits etc. It also helps you to plan your budget and avoid unnecessary expenses. It’s also a good idea to visit local websites to check what shall take place the days you’ll be there, so you won’t miss some interesting stuff and be dressed for the occasion.
TRY YOUR CLOTHES BEFORE PACKING THEM
I try all the clothes I intend to take with me. All. Without exception. It takes a crazy time, but this time will return once I get to my destination. I learned that after packing mindlessly just to discover that the clothes I brought didn’t match well or didn’t fit as before. At the end of the trip, I had lots of unused clothes and pieces that I had to buy in loco just to compose an outfit. Don’t do that! What a waste of time and money, hell, no!
CREATE LITTLE COMPARTMENTS
“A place for everything, everything in its place”: Thousands of cables, chargers, plugs go together in one pocket, the basic medicine in another, etc. Remember to take a bra case as well, to keep them in shape. Nothing is less flattering than a mushy, lifeless bra. So sad.
TAKE WASHING POWDER/LIQUID DETERGENTS
Slip some into a small jar or case. It takes almost no space, will spare you from dragging that bag of dirty clothes like a bad karma, and you won’t pay the insulting prices of hotel laundry services.
BRING SOME PLASTIC BAGS
They do not take up space and can prove very to be useful to collect your dirty linen, to isolate a pot of cream which leaks, to protect your camera during a trip at sea…
ADD A FOLDABLE BAG
A large tote bag or folding bag type Longchamp, I always slip in my bag an extra bag, very useful on the spot, but also in case you get excited and decide to bring back some small treasures (any resemblance to reality …)
IF YOU TAKE THE PLANE, KEEP A SURVIVAL KIT ON YOU
Remember, there’s also a chance that your luggage will be missing every time you take the plane, so be prepared for the worst. It seems a strong word but…imagine yourself for a couple of days or more (depending on your destination) days using the same clothes!!! The same underwear!!! In my list of horrors that come very close to dropping my phone in the toilet. So there it goes:
◦ clean pants
◦ Tee Shirt and lightweight pants
◦ a multitask moisturizing cream to do everything. I use Embryolisse a lot, it’s so versatile! It removes makeup, moisturizes my hands and face. I love it!
◦ In addition to what I usually take, such as a toothbrush/toothpaste, antibacterial gel, a hairbrush, a mask and earplugs to sleep in the plane, Doliprane, etc.
PACK A FOUTA … AND A K-WAY!
I always, always a fouta in my suitcase: it serves me to go to the beach, to the swimming pool, as an extra towel (we never know…it does not serve me anything but it takes so little room that it would be a shame not to take it! Idem for the k-way: whatever my destination, I always have one with me: its congestion rate is ridiculous and you will bless you in case of unexpected rain or unanticipated polar cold.
My big obsession when I travel is the stale smell that can come from the bag and stick to my skin all the time, #yummy. To avoid this, I always slip small sachets of lavender that I buy every summer, or, if I do not have on hand, scented pouches. Those signed Kerzon, for example, are top.
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Ps: let me know how these tips worked for you, and if you have your own tips please share 💃🏻