This summer my friends and I went on a girly holiday in Sicily. After a relatively quiet year my summer travel schedule was jam packed with work trips and holidays. I visited Sicily, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Budapest, Toronto, Boston, Frieburg and Borneo (phew!), as well as travelling through various cities and up and down England.
As you can imagine, this amount of travelling takes it’s toll on a girl’s wallet! so I often fly with budget airlines and I take a small, hand luggage sized suitcase to avoid the mounting cost of baggage charges. At first this seemed like a daunting task- but with a few tricks here and there I figured out a way to fit all the shoes a reasonable amount of shoes and plenty of outfits, makeup, toiletries and other bits and bobs to see me through!
Are you going somewhere lovely soon? I hope so! Here are my top tips for stress free packing:
1. Check the dimensions of the bags you’re allowed to take into the hold:
A lot of small suitcases are designed especially to fit this purpose, so ask before you buy. If you already have a case you can simply measure it beforehand- all airlines will publish the dimension restrictions online. In my case, I didn’t have a tape measure so I resorted to using out a battered old 30cm ruler from my school days (complete with graffiti hearts…). Another tip is to use a fabric bag which gives you more wiggle room 🙂
2. Vacuum pack bags!
3. Organise your itinerary
5. Separate smaller items into bags
6. Use ziplock bags
7. Bring more than one plug adapter:
9. Leave room for souvenirs!
10. Download a phrasebook on your phone:
I could go on… but let’s keep it to 10 shall we? If you enjoyed this post, look out for Part 2 where I’ll go into more detail about toiletries and makeup!