Ladies, we’ve all been there and understand each other! You’ve booked your trip. you have less than a week to go and the packing must start… dun dun dun! What to bring?
We ladies have this urge to pack our entire lives with us. If we could, we’d pack our pets too! Just as you start packing, you get these thoughts telling you: “I’ll take that…I need it for just in case”, “oh but I love this, it has to come too”, “this shirt will make me look so cute”and “I definitely can’t go without this”. Sound familiar?
Packing like this is doing a huge disservice to yourself. Remember, when it comes to packing, less IS more! The less you bring, the more room you’ll have in your luggage to go shopping and bring some great new things back back home. The less you bring, the less effort you have to put into lugging it around while you move from one place to another.
This is my list of what not to pack and what you can pack instead to make your luggage lighter and your travels easier!
Are you really going to be waking up an hour before you leave your hotel room to put on your makeup? That’s an extra hour you could be catching
some zzzz’s to prepare for a long day of exploring! Say no to your heavy makeup bag.
DO PACK a few light things that make all the difference. For me it’s waterproof mascara, bronzer and a lipstick. I found that I look and feel better on my trips when I spend less time getting ready! You are glamorous without all the heavy makeup and you’ll see that when you try traveling without it.
2. DON’T Pack Your Jewelry:
Sorry ladies but I would leave your heels behind… and wedges too. Your itinerary is jam packed and you’ll be walking around all day and every day. If your trip involves leisurely sightseeing, you’re probably going to want to check out a few nice restaurants at night. However, your feet won’t thank you if you do it in stilettos.
DO PACK a pair of cute flats that you can pair up with your dinner outfits. You only need ONE versatile but comfortable pair, otherwise you’ll have to spend some time self medicating your poor feet and toes from blisters and sores.
3. DON’T Pack Your Jewelry:
While accessorizing is an essential part of a woman’s style, you’re going to want to keep it simple when you’re packing. For one, it’s pretty heavy and two, wearing a lot of jewelry makes you an attractive target for thieves and scammers. I’m not saying go completely bare, but don’t overdo it and look flashy either.
DO PACK your sunnies and a panama hat! I always bring my RayBan aviators whenever I travel because they give my look a certain flair. Adding a great pair of sunglasses and a hat to your outfit will make you forget that you left your bling at home.
5. DON’T Pack Large Hair and Facial Products:
You won’t need them, trust me on this! If your hotel doesn’t have a good selection, you can find quality conditioner and shampoos to purchase at the local market near you. The same goes for your face creams and products.
DO PACK a travel container of organic coconut oil. It’s versatile and can be used as a moisturizing face cream, makeup remover and hair conditioner. From experience, don’t apply it in the morning before going out in the sun. It could potentially cause you to catch a few more rays than you want and need. Instead, use it at night but rinse your face off in face in the morning before leaving your hotel.
4. DON’T Pack Your Straightening Iron:
This includes your curling iron and your round brush too! Leave your high heat hair tools at home. Having perfect hair on your trip rarely works out. If you’re going somewhere humid, your beautiful hairdo will go sideways as soon as you walk out the door. Let your hair breathe during your trip and take its natural shape.
DO PACK a detangler brush to get the knots out in the morning and at night. Then let your locks flow in whatever way they choose to. For a long time I tried to control my hair styles while traveling, but I quickly gave up! I now just let my hair do it’s own thing, especially If I’m traveling to a place with a warmer climate. You’ll be surprised how great it will look and feel once you get back from your trip.
Hopefully these tips help every woman reading this pack lighter and smarter for her next trip or adventure. My list is not inclusive and if you would like to add to it, send me a message or comment below!
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