There is so much beauty to see in the world; the ability to travel and see it instead of looking at photos is one of the best luxuries in life. To be able to experience a different culture, climate, and meet new people is a truly unforgettable treasure. But planning a vacation can be so stressful that you need a vacation after your vacation! Packing can take so much time, and the stress can make it easy to forget things. I have some awesome tips for you to make things a little bit easier that take care of some of those little details we often forget before we embark on a journey.
Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories
As hard is it may be, you have to avoid packing your entire closet or else the amount you’ll pay for extra weight will equal what you paid for your vacay! It’s important to pack comfortable, versatile pieces that you don’t necessarily have to maintain through ironing them, and that will work with each other. If you can make an accessory, a pair of shoes, or a top work for more than one day, that’s ideal. Plan your outfits according to your itinerary, and take photos of them. Place your accessories and shoes in Ziplock baggies to avoid tangling, catching, or scuffs. It’s also extremely convenient, since you wouldn’t have to dig through your luggage bag to find a specific shirt or pants; it’s already bagged up ready to wear. If you’re really concerned about having enough options, or even forgetting anything at your destination, make a little list in your phone to reflect on when packing up.
Anyone else heard about the 3-1-1 rule? Become familiar, because it’s huge especially if you’re traveling by air! You are limited to carrying liquids that are less than 3.4 ounces, and they must be contained in one translucent quart-sized bag. Lastly, you are only allowed one bag of liquids in your carry-on. Be sure to consider exactly what you think you’ll want access to on your flight, and everything else can just chill in your regular suitcase until you arrive at your destination. Finding sample sizes of products you’ll need is super easy; there’s even a website, 3 FL OZ, to order almost everything you’ll need if you have a few weeks to plan! Some things you might need are: toothpaste, mouthwash, hairspray, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, make up cleanser, eye drops, contact solution, or liquid medicines. Be sure to brainstorm what you need, as toiletries tend to be very expensive overseas.
If you’re traveling outside of the country, there’s a chance you’ll need to find an adapter in order to plug in any of your electronics. Think hair straightener, curler, cell phone charger, or camera charger. Do a little research to ensure you know exactly what kind of adapter you need; they are different depending on which country you’re going to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you go to buy one; many department stores or hardware stores should have a selection.
Don’t forget to pack your chargers! To avoid tangling, you can wrap them up in a rubber band. Consider keeping your phone and charger on you at all times if it’s possible (that’s what little clutches are for!). Also, keep in mind that you can find battery-operated portable chargers that are a better alternative to sitting on the floor waiting for your phone to charge off of a tiny cord. Just don’t forget extra batteries!Cosmetics
Your cosmetics can get knocked around in your bags, which can mean broken powders and spilled liquids. Be sure to invest in a great cosmetic travel case so you can avoid getting any makeup on your clothes, since you may not have access to a washing machine. If you’re concerned about spilling, wrap a small piece of plastic wrap on the opening of your liquids, and then close the lid over the plastic. When it comes to travel makeup, less is more; consider brushes that you can use for multiple types of application and wash them as you need to. Also look for a neutral palette that you can use for your eyes and face, to avoid having to bring your whole makeup case on vacation. The most important product that you must have: sunscreen! If you’re going somewhere tropical, this is an absolute must to avoid any toxic skin damage. Remember to apply often too!
You may not want to lug a giant handbag around with you roaming the streets of a foreign land, but there are a couple of things you should always have on you when you’re enjoying your surroundings, especially when you’re airborne. Be sure to pack a travel sized cream for your hands and skin, as your skin dries out tremendously especially in a different climate. The same goes for your lips; they can dry out and even get sunburnt, so look for a couple of lip balms with SPF. Some snacks are always handy, especially if you’re on a hike or shopping for a few hours. Take some mints as well to keep your breath fresh, and they can also be a help in case of headache, hunger, or an upset stomach. Some disinfectant wipes are a fabulous idea as well, as they are functional for so many things, and aren’t as harmful as sanitizer. Lastly, a book or your tablet may be a nice idea for a little mental break.
What is your favorite vacation destination that you’ve been to? Leave them in the comment section below.