If you couldn’t tell, I am a self-confessed travel junkie. I love being able to travel and explore other cultures outside of my own. Travelling the world has enabled me to gain experiences that have helped shaped me into who I am today. Sometimes we as individuals in the fast paced society that we live in can get caught up in our own worlds and lives. Being able to take a step outside of our own worlds can be a scary thought, but it can also be one of the most rewarding, as we are often thrown out of our comfort zones. I am constantly updating my travel bucket list. It is now at the point where it is literally overflowing. I blame Instagram a lot for this.. At the beginning of this year one of my resolutions was to travel and experience more. The ever growing list helps me to keep motivated to achieve something. It is truly satisfying to cross off a place you’ve only dreamed of venturing to.
With me only being one month off turning twenty I have come to a but of a realisation. Life is f*cking short (excuse my French, but couldn’t think of a better word). I mean seriously, it only feels like yesterday when I graduated high school. Actually refresh, it only feels like yesterday when I started high school. With this frame of mind I have decided to achieve my new years resolution.. To travel and just do what I put my mind to. Part of being a student means travelling on a budget. With this in mind being a pro-packer is key so I thought I would share some packing tips with you all, so you can enjoy your travels without the stress.
1. Break it down
Creating space is my biggest and best tip. There is no point overpacking. You need to think realistically, if you aren’t going to wear it or need it don’t pack it. This is where I highly suggest investing in packing cubes or compression bags. Not only do they save space but they help keep things organised.
2. Categorise, categorise, categorise
Separating your things into different compartments, e.g. one small bag for toiletries, one bag for makeup, one for pants, one for camera/s and technology etc. This ensures that you know where everything is, not only saving space but time when looking for things as well.
3. The carousel wardrobe.
It is so easy to overpack for an overseas trip, especially when it comes to fashion and deciding what you will wear. This is where I suggest the method of packing a bit of a carousel wardrobe. A carousel wardrobe is a wardrobe of only staple pieces that you can mix and match. Sticking to this strategy when packing saves not only time, but money. Think of it this way don’t pack options, pack outfits.
4. Wear layers on the plane
I always say it doesn’t matter if you’re travelling to a cold or hot climate wear your jacket, scarves and heaviest layers on the plane. This will just save you the extra bit of space. You also need to remember that on the plane it gets really cold, so it’s not a bad thing to do.
5. Make use your carry on and personal item
When flying you are allowed one carry on item and one personal item on the actual plane with you. It is a good idea to make use of this. I will typically carry everything I know I will be using on the plane, such as my laptop, headphones, phone etc. in my personal item (bag). When it comes to your personal item I suggest investing in a decent sized bag. I just take my everyday bag that I purchased from Michael Kors a couple of years back. In my actual carry on I will pack what I know I won’t have with me in my seat but what I might need throughout the duration of the flight such as a portable toothbrush and toothpaste, face cream etc.