Whilst holidays are all about fun, excitement and adventure, one of my worst fears is definitely the thought of forgetting something essential. Therefore, when it comes to packing, my organisation goes ever more extreme than it already is.
As some of you may be aware, this year I have been very fortunate to have a few trips abroad planned. It started with New York City back in the Easter holidays, then Lanzarote in June and I am now off to Madrid for a long weekend with my crazy bunch of friends.
Packing for a city break or a long weekend away is definitely a much more difficult task than packing for a week or two away. 1 because you have less space and 2 you have to define the difference between ‘essentials’ and ‘things you might need’ and purely pack what you only need. I always find there is never much le-way to pack outfit options when you have only a small case – so organisation is KEY.
I always find that the best place to start is by writing a list of everything I see as ‘essentials’. Lists are quite frankly my favourite thing and I don’t think I pass a single day without writing at least one. I usually write my list a fair few weeks before I am leaving for my trip to make sure I have time to get everything together.
Next up, I get real organised and I plan my outfits, even to the smallest of details. This is mainly because I am an over-packer but this also means I am only taking the clothes that I actually need rather than filling my case with random items and trying to pull outfits together whilst I am there. For Madrid, it is going to be HOT, so I have planned very lightweight outfits that can be packed without getting too creased in my suitcase.
When it comes to my toiletries, this is the bit that stresses me out as I have to pack not only my shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste etc. but my makeup. This wouldn’t usually be a problem, but as I have to fit all my liquids in one of those teeny clear bags, it always causes a slight problem. This is where definitely one of the pros of having a boyfriend who is coming with you as I usually give him all the toiletries that we share and I have all my makeup. This could definitely also work if you are going away with friends, share your things to save on space. Another option – buy your toiletries at the airport (however this might be quite pricey).
Lastly, it comes to the actual packing process, so I grab my list and begin by laying everything out on my bed. Then as I pack something, I tick it off my list. Seems very particular but that is the only way to reassure myself that I have packed everything I definitely need! (Yes, that is my cat on my bed… it wouldn’t be realistic without her getting in the way!)
T O P S T I P S
- Plan your outfits – lightweight and material that doesn’t crease easily is always a good option.
- Make a list and tick off items as you pack them to make sure you don’t forget anything.
- Minimal makeup (let’s face it, it’s going to be far too hot, and there’s not much space in those clear bags)
- Shoes are heavy and take up loads of room, take a pair that will go with every outfit.
- Use that handbag you intend to use whilst on holiday as your flight bag – saving even more space.
- Rolling clothes will save on space and keep them crease free.
- When you arrive at the airport, have your liquid bag out ready so you don’t have that mad panic of trying to get everything out of your bag at security.
- A travel purse is great to keep all your important documents safe and in one place.
Travelling is meant to be a fun and enjoyable experience and it can be very easy to get stressed out over packing your case and travelling to your destination. In reality, the key is organisation and being prepared. If you are, there’s not really much else you can do… other than enjoying yourself!
What are your travel hacks?