Ok, there’s no way of saying this without sounding like a complete big head, but I’m actually very good at packing. I don’t pack weeks or even days before my trip, I usually pack the night before and I never seem to forget anything, apart from the odd bobby pin or hair tie. Today I’ll be sharing my top five packing tips to make sure you never leave anything behind, whilst also leaving some space/weight in your bag so you can bring back all the goodies you bought whilst you were away.
1. Make A List
Right, so I said I don’t start packing weeks or days before my trip, but something I always do weeks in advance is a list. It helps so much because there’s always something you remember in the lead up to your holiday, so by writing it down on your phone or a piece of paper ensures that you won’t forget it. I always make lists and I like to split them into categories. I have a Travel section where I write down all the necessary travel bits and bobs like passport, boarding pass, hotel confirmation, car hire confirmation etc... I have a Miscellaneous category where I write down the things that don’t fit into any other categories like travel adaptors, hayfever tablets, pain killers, contact lenses, glasses etc... Then I move on to Clothes and Toiletries & Makeup. Self explanatory. Oh, and when it comes to packing makeup, pack light! You don’t need those four eyeshadow palettes and you definitely don’t need twenty different lipsticks. From experience, I hardly use any makeup when I’m away, especially if I’m going to a sunny destination, so I’ve learnt that I only need a select number of products. So yeah, make a list and I promise you’ll never forget your hair ties and toothpaste again.
2. Take Minis
Taking full sized products really isn’t handy at all! Especially if you’re a massive skincare junkie like me and have cleansers, toners, facial sprays, eye creams, face creams, the whole shebang to take with you, it can make your checked in bag rather heavy. I always decant most of my products into smaller containers or try to find minis/travel sizes of my products. I even depot my foundation so I don’t have to carry around a huge bottle.
3. Roll Your Clothes
This my friends, is life changing. I always used to struggle when packing until I came across a video on YouTube where Camila mentioned that she always rolls her clothes in order to fit more in and have more space. I tried it and it was revolutionary! Seriously, try it on your next trip. I also find that my clothes become less creased when I roll them which is also a bonus.
4. Take Clothes You Will Actually Wear
How many times have you taken clothes on holiday and not worn them? Too many I bet! On the list I always write out what I plan to wear during the day time and during the evening. I write out how many days I’m going to be away for and plan an outfit for each day. This might seem a bit extra but really helps with packing things that you will actually wear and saves you time when it comes to getting dressed in the morning because you already have an outfit picked out. I also like to take pieces that I can get multiple use out of, things that are versatile and that I can wear for different occasions.
5. Only Take Products Your Skin Agrees With
This one seems trivial but I learnt this the hard way. Back in February I went away for a week and thought it was the perfect time to try out a new cleanser. Big no, no!! My skin reacted pretty badly to it and I got tiny little bumps all over my face for the entire holiday. I felt so self conscious because it was very visible when the sun hit my face. All I wanted to do was come back home so that I could go back to using my normal cleanser. So yeah, take products you know work for you.
Of course there are loads more tips, but these are some of my main ones. What are some of yours?
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