While an upcoming trip can have us all a little over-excited, packing in excess is something we’ve all done at least once. Rather than telling you what to pack (don’t forget that passport), this general guide is all about things you should leave at home.
Unnecessary makeup and skincare
Most airlines only allow 100ml worth of liquids in your checked luggage, so don’t over-do it and pay the extra baggage fees, or worse, have your items confiscated at the airport. De-pot your favourite foundation into a lighter, plastic bottle so you’ll have more space in your luggage. Plus, you can always re-purchase these products at a pharmacy when you land.
It might feel a little tempting (especially if you’re on a long-hair flight), but lugging around a book won’t make your suitcase or hand luggage any lighter. If you’re bringing a tablet, load it with various books to keep you occupied during the trip.
Clothes you’ve never worn
Bringing along that sundress you’ve been hoarding since 2009 isn’t exactly an efficient way to pack your luggage. Make sure your outfits can be worn in a variety of different ways, and that you will actually wear them. Otherwise, just remember all the shopping you will do when you arrive!
It might seem you can’t live without your hair drier, straightening irons, and curling wands… trust us, you can. Embrace beach-hair and save that room for other things in your luggage. Plus, most hotels are equipped with a hair drier, so don’t worry too much.
Most hotels, beaches and resorts come with complimentary towels to use on your stay. Keep a small hand towel in your hand luggage if you absolutely need to, just make sure it dries before packing it again.
Instead of lugging around a string of books in your bag, store it all electronically in your phone. This way, you can easily browse, compare, and travel light!
If your phone is equipped with memory, won’t shut down randomly, and has great optical zoom, them its best to leave the bulky DSLR at home.
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