You book a fabulous trip. In the days leading up to your vacation, you dream about the fun adventures you’ll have. Then, the day or two before your trip, you realize that you now have to cram all of your outfits, toiletries and shoes into a small box that forces you to make hard choices about what to bring on your holiday. And, it’s yet another chore to do. This dilemma primarily applies to women, who have more clothes and shoes options. Most women don’t follow the typical guy uniform of jeans, t-shirt and sneakers.
Packing is not as painful for me as it used to be because I’ve perfected it for my purposes. I’m the kind of person who likes to have “options” and will bring multiple outfits and potentially never touch them while on my travels. I’m also a big beauty product hoarder, so that adds to the challenge.
Here are my favorite packing tips and suggestions for making your traveling life easier:
- Roll your clothes – Fold them and then pack them if possible. It really does take up less space! I don’t roll my sweaters, however, as they get bulkier when rolled.
- Put your shoes in a shoe bag or use any old plastic bag. You don’t want to get your clothes dirty.
- Pack your socks or other smaller items into your shoes. Efficient use of space!
- Also put those heavier shoes into the bottom of your suitcase.
- Put your heavier, more durable non-wrinkling clothes on the bottom, like jeans or pajamas. Then the lighter clothes on top won’t get so wrinkled.
- Pack an extra plastic bag for dirty laundry.
- Keep a separate toiletries bag with all your travel-sized items ready to go–at all times–so you don’t have to think about it each time.
- I’m a frequent snacker–but I also avoid wheat products, so I usually have to bring my own. Bring binder clips, extra resealable plastic bags and rubber bands if you are a snacker too.
- Binder clips – To close the larger salty snack bags I bring myself and don’t finish. I said I’m a snacker–I wasn’t kidding.
- Resealable plastic bags (a.k.a., Ziplock bags) – Put snacks into these bags that you haven’t completely finished or use it for random storage emergencies on your trip. It saved me when I had a leaky body wash bottle in my suitcase.
- Rubber bands – I use these to secure any container that has small pieces, edible or non-edible. In case I strike gold and a bathtub is waiting for me in my hotel, I use it to make sure the small storage container of epsom salt I bring doesn’t open in my bag.
- I love using inexpensive clear jars with a screw-top lid for my creamy cleansers, moisturizers, serums and foundation. They have different colored lids, so it helps you remember what’s what. Also, tends to be more leakproof than the ones that are a snap top lid.
- Try to buy travel sizes of your favorite products like this travel size of Mist and Fix which is under the maximum amount of liquid you can take on a plane.
- Bring your favorite sheet masks in a ziplock bag. That way, you can save and reuse the serum that’s left behind in the package for another day of your trip after using the mask.
My Favorite Products for Traveling:
- Good option for a weekend trip: Baggallini Rolling Tote
- RuMe All Tote Bag to carry your laptop, purse, magazines and snacks
- Carry your Vapur Water Bottle and store flat before security
- Store this leak-proof makeup removing balm in a small container: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
- These single-use pods are perfect cleansers for travel: Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
If you really don’t want to think about packing, use a larger bag and check your bag on your flight. Yes, I know you have to pay more. Consider this: do you want to start your vacation stressed out about shoving your precious belongings into a carry-on, or do you want to just luxuriate in the feeling of throwing anything into a larger bag that you don’t have to make any decisions about? 🙂