Travel Light: 5 Tips For Efficient Packing

This is what efficient packing used to look for me: I’d take everything out of my wardrobe, I’d consider whether I liked each individual item and if I liked it, in the suitcase it went. With three kids, this packing method is no longer possible. Now I need to pack at lightning speed and zip up the suitcase before the little tsunamis have managed to take everything out again. Unsurprisingly, my luggage has reduced in size compared to when I was single. Surprisingly, I usually manage to find in it everything I need. So what are the secrets of efficient packing?

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1. Plan ahead

Make a list of what you need a few days before your trip and add things to it as you remember. Pen and paper will do a great job, but if you want to make use of technology, you can download a packing app. You’ll be able to take notes of your personal requirements and also take advantage of sample lists to jog your memory.

2. Check the weather forecast

This may seem obvious, but I never used to check the weather, until after I found myself on a tropical island with a bag full of long pants; and in Brisbane, in winter and in the middle of the night, without a jacket. I had to learn the hard way not once, but twice!

3. Pick clothes that are practical

When you’re choosing what clothes to take, keep in mind what you’ll be doing while you’re away. Bring more bottoms than tops and pick clothes that you can mix and match. Use accessories to freshen up your look instead of bringing too many clothes and give preference to clothes that don’t need ironing.

4. Wear your bulkiest clothes and shoes during the trip

You will save heaps of suitcase space if you wear your heaviest items. It also helps if you layer them, for example, wear a short sleeve shirt and a jacket instead of a one-piece long sleeve item. Not only will you have less to pack, but you’ll also make sure you’re comfortable enroute.

5. Keep your essentials with you

If you’re checking in your luggage, make sure you have everything you need in your carry-on bag. Even if your luggage is with you at all times, it helps to make the essentials easily available so that you don’t have to pack and unpack your whole suitcase looking for them during the trip.

Efficient packing doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With some planning you can make sure you have everything you need for a stress-free trip and nothing else!

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Travel Essentials: What To Pack In Your Suitcase

We are coming into the colder weather, and Australian’s can’t stand winter, so it’s time to get out of here and go on holidays!  Travelling is all about immersing yourself in each destination you go to, the people, the food, and of course the fashion. Destination attire should show off your personal style, combined with practicality and comfort. Here are a few tips on what essentials you should always have with you in your suitcase:

A hat

Instead of packing five different coloured hats to go with each of your outfits, take one that is basic and neutral coloured. In that beautiful sunny weather it will be the perfect accessory. Not only is it guarding you from that summer sun, it is stylish, making any outfit fabulous.

Red lipstick

Ladies, we all know the basics to a beauty kit; foundation, eyeliner, mascara, power and bronzer, but one thing we forget is that lipstick that makes our favourite dress really pop. When going out for a drink or even just dinner, a lovely bright red lipstick will add that subtle statement.

Crossover bag

This is one of the most important accessories when travelling, the perfect over the shoulder bag will be used everyday of your trip. It will match all outfits, not be too heavy or bulky, safe from pickpockets overseas, big enough to fit all your essentials in (wallet, keys/hotel card, phone and sunscreen) but small enough to be convenient in large crowds.

Denim shorts

The perfect pair of denim shorts will make your holiday easy and care free, pack what you feel will be appropriate for shopping, sightseeing activities and the beach. These shorts will be your lifesaver; they can be dressed down or dressed up, whatever you are doing in the hot weather denim shorts will be your go to piece of clothing.

There you have it. Simple tips to help you have a comfortable, relaxed and fun trip. Safe Travels!

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By Amy Miller

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