Monday, 8 June 2015

Travel trauma - a girl's guide to overcoming the difficulties of packing light.

It is a well known fact that most guys don’t understand a girl’s need to pack anything and everything when travelling. When packing to go on holiday, women seem to have the urge to try and pack their entire life into one suitcase – full to the brim with different outfits because, y’know, ‘just in case’. Despite D of E making me relatively more concise with my choice of clothes, I, like many other women in the world, still feel the need to pack about 10 pairs of shorts, 7 dresses, 20 t-shirts, 4 skirts and the whole of my jewellery box – just for a week’s holiday. Like many others I’m sure, it is always rather traumatic when I then realise that in reality, I actually only have the room for about 2 pairs of shorts, 7 t-shirts, 1 skirt, 1 dress, and whatever jewellery I’m currently wearing.
With the holiday season looming ahead, I thought it might be useful if I blogged my top 3 tips on how to survive your ‘travel trauma’, so here they are:

#1 – Choose clothes that are neutral and can be layered. By packing neutral clothes that can easily be layered, you have already maximised your potential outfit choice, without adding more clothes. Neutral colours are great because you can easily mix and match with other clothes, creating an entire new outfit e.g. a white vest top will easily go with a bright skirt, as well as a pair of denim shorts.

#2 – Think ‘minimalist’ when packing make-up and toiletries. Literally pack the bare minimum when it comes to make-up and toiletries. Pack one good foundation, concealer, mascara and blusher – there is absolutely no need to pack the 5 other foundations and mascaras that you own. If you like wearing lipstick, I suggest packing a neutral colour that can be worn with most outfits .e.g. a light pink. In terms of toiletries, most hotels supply shampoo and body wash, so if you are really struggling for room – I suggest taking the ‘buy it if you need it’ approach. Toiletries are often very bulky and are a main contributor to over weight bags at check-in; so this approach is essential if on a tight limit.

#3 – Be accessory astute. Accessories are an easy way to jazz up any boring outfit – perfect for making your clothes’ neutral colours look different from day to day. Pick bold statement necklaces and bracelets to make your outfits stand out from the crowd, keeping them in a small purse or make-up bag when not being used. In terms of earrings, these can often be a nuisance when travelling, often resulting in the loss of half a pair – very annoying. Therefore the best advice I can offer, is to invest in the ‘Little Book of Earrings‘ storage holder (photos below), which can hold up to 48 pairs. Made from a leather outer ‘cover’ and four soft pads as ‘pages’, this ‘book’ is perfect for keeping all of your earrings in one place.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my top tips for surviving travel trauma,


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