Packing light

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thank God it's summer! Sun, beach, cocktails by the pool..... The Summer Holidays are finally approaching!
If you don't want to end up like me in the picture above (at the airport - having troubles with my baggage), here are some useful tips to follow for packing light and zipper-friendly baggage:

1. HAVE A LOOK AT THE FORECASTS BEFORE PACKING
It may sound obvious, but sometimes it's not. Going for a beach holiday in the Caribbean doesn't exclude you from sudden rainstorms. Be sure that you bring what you may need for every possible situation, while still trying to not pack more than is essential.

2. LEAVE ALL UNNECESSARY ITEMS AT HOME
Ok, this may sound like the opposite of tip #1, but it's not. If you're staying at a hotel, you'll probably find a hair dryer there without bringing yours. And let's face it: you don't really need your favorite high heels if you're going on a backpacking adventure in East-Asia, right? Try to really think about what you need and be realistic. Remember, when travelling, sometimes less is more.

3. BUY THERE
There is plenty of stuff that you can buy while you are there and then leave there, like shampoo or sun screen. However, if you can't go without your favorite brand of hair conditioner, then go for the mini packaging. A lot of brands now carry travel-sized versions of their products.

4. PACK MULTI-TASKING GARMENTS
When packing, opt for garments that you can wear during multiple occasions on your trip. A white fluent dress? Wear it with slaps at the beach, and then with jewel sandals in the evening to be the happy hour queen. One more tip: try reversible bikinis (they'll change your life)!

5. SURFGEAR?
For a surfer, this is the toughest question of all. We’d all like to travel with our entire quiver, and we always need one extra wetsuit - just in case. But unless you are ready to pay huge flight fees, you may prefer to leave something at home. Go for your most all-around boards, so you can take advantage of almost every surf condition. Find out about the water temperature and bring only the wetsuits you'll be sure to use. You don't want to freeze in your shorty because you thought water in Northern California was warmer! And don't forget about some wax, fins, and screws, just in case.


Now you're ready.
Enjoy your holidays everyone!!



Credits // Author: Marta Tomasini
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