How are you? Here’s all good, we are pretty excited as we are flying home again today! I’ve just finished packing so I thought I’d share some insights with you.
I was not born organised. I’ve lost so many things over the years, especially during my teens, as I grew up I got used to losing objects along the way.
When I was in high school, I managed to lose my mobile phone 7 times. Thankfully phones used to be cheaper back then. I’ve also lost a camera in Dublin with all the pictures I’d taken during my holidays, a hat on a bus in London, a few umbrellas, a pair of gloves at a tube station in Paris, and I could go on for a couple of other lines.
If that wasn’t enough, I was also very good at forgetting what to bring with me on my trips. I’m very good when it comes to remembering memories and past events, but for some reason, I could not recall what I needed to pack in my trolley before leaving for the holidays. I kept finding myself in situations when I needed tweezers or a nail clipper and it was so frustrating I managed to learn the lesson the hard way. The list that I’m about to share with you is the result of years of inexperience and embarrassing situations so I hope you will find it useful.
This is what I normally do when I am travelling:
Pack outfits, not just layers of cloths
I used to pack thinking: for this trip, I’ll need 3 pairs of trousers, 5 t-shirts, 2 jumpers etc. I then ended up not using half of the clothes I brought with me because they would not match. I now pack outfits, making sure that I will have a t-shirt to go with that pair of trousers and if I bring a dress, I have the jewellery and shoes I need to wear it. I still bring a couple of extra plain t-shirts that could go well with almost anything just in case, plus a bunch of extra socks and underwear. This way I don’t need to spend time thinking: what am I going to wear, the stuff in my luggage just doesn’t make sense when I’m on holiday.
This is why I normally pack a few warmer and lighter outfits (with the help of the weather forecast). I also make sure I pack a few pieces of jewellery and a pair of shoes that match them.
Beauty and skincare
The first thing I pack is normally a pair of tweezers: I always tend to forget them even when I use them every other day to make sure my eyebrows are in place. I also bring with me the pink makeup removal cloth: it’s not liquid and it works (I just have to make sure it’s clean).
I also bring all the samples I’ve collected during the previous months. I tend to collect samples of products for my face or perfumes but I try to make sure I have some with body cream as my skin tends to get dry when I travel. Now that summer is here, I also bring a sunscreen lotion with me.
Don’t forget to check whether you will find a hairdryer and towels at your accommodation. A pair of extra flip-flops that you will use to shower is also useful.
Don’t get bored when travelling
I normally bring with me a book that I can read when I’m at the airport or if we have to catch a train. L always tells me that I’m carrying extra unnecessary weight because it’s true, I won’t read too much when I’m on holiday (especially if it’s just for the weekend). On the other hand, I hate to feel bored on my flights so I tend to bring a lightweight novel. I don’t use my computer that much when flying because I have this weird fear of other passengers taking a peek at what I’m writing or the photos I’m selecting.
If you wish to use a computer though, make sure batteries are fully charged and that you have a charger with you at all times. Bringing a couple of tablets may help as well, especially if you tend to get sick or have a stomach ache like me.
Download an offline map
If you are not familiar with the place, remember to download an offline map either on your Google Maps app or any other app. We used Galileo and Here We Go in the past and they are great if you are travelling on the road and you need to know where the next restaurant or restroom is. Also, make sure you know how to arrive at your accommodation and book trains or buses in advance (you usually get a better deal!)
You may want to bring some presents home! Leave a little bit of space just in case you have time to go shopping or you receive gifts from friends. If you decide to bring something to your colleagues at the last minute, you’ll be glad you can fit it in your luggage.
Those are my tricks really. I also make sure I have all the documents I need either on my phone or in my bag and I tend to pack a few days earlier to make sure I have a couple of days to figure out what I was about to forget home.
What about you, what are your tips when it comes to packing for the holidays? Share them with me in the comments below, I’d love to read them all!