If you’ve ever over-packed your suitcase or packed things you never wore during your trip because they were so badly mismatched, don’t feel bad. There’s actually a kind of science to packing light and fashionable and it’s not that difficult to do if you follow these 4 very basic rules.
4 Basic Rules To Help You Pack Light AND Fashionable
#1) Pick clothing items that match your travel location, it’s culture, the weather and activities.
Packing clothing items to match your location isn’t just about checking the weather. You have to consider your activities. Will you be going out on the town, working out, doing lots of walking or going to the beach? If you are travelling someplace very different from your own culture you should do a little research to make sure you don’t dress inappropriate unless of course you want to draw a lot of attention to yourself.
For example, I have a friend who went to Egypt and wore a spaghetti strap top and shorts not realizing that this was a no-no in a land where women dress very conservatively and do not show skin for religious reasons. She was getting cat calls and getting stared at a lot until she finally figured out that she stood out like a sore thumb.
#2) Choose a simple colour palette and light weight layer-able clothing.
Choose a simple colour palette and bring clothing that matches that palette. Like magic, the 5 shirts, 4 bottoms and 3 dresses you packed for your trip turns into over 23 different outfits because everything you brought can be worn together (thanks to colour palette). 2 weeks worth of clothing in one carry-on. Nothing will clash and you’ll look effortlessly stylish.
Another trick is to choose items that are light weight so you can layer them. This way you can just layer up for warmth if you need to.
#3) Choose Versatile comfortable shoes
Shoes weigh a lot and take up a lot of space so make sure you bring shoes that are versatile and can be worn with multiple outfits. Take ankle boots. They can be dressed up, down, worn with shorts, jeans and a dress.
To cut down on the amount of space shoes take in your luggage, try wearing your heaviest bulky shoes rather than packing them. Also, don’t let those nook and crannies of your shoes go to waste. Pack your undies and or socks in them to maximize every inch of space.
#4) Use accessories to add colour, bring to life and expand the looks of your outfits.
Scarves are an easy and light weight way to add punch to your outfits. Plus they can also do double duty as a sarong or a shoulder wrap for the evening. I use them on planes to cover up when it gets chilly. I often bring scarves in lieu of necklaces.I always have 2 pairs of earings.
One last thing
Try to plan your packing ahead. Don’t wait for the last-minute. It never ends well and you’ll end up with clothing items that just don’t go together.
Travellers don’t always agree on what you need to pack or where to go but 9 out of 10 will agree on one simple rule!
It’s best to try and pack as light as possible.
Save Space: Pack Multi-Purpose Items
As a seasoned traveller, I have learned a few packing tricks that help me keep my luggage to a minimum.
One of these tricks is to pack as many things as I can that do double duty and have multiple uses.
A sarong can do double duty as a scarf, a belt, a head wrap even a towel in a pinch.
Bring one pair of shoes that you can wear with multiple outfits and dress up or down.
Bring a tablet which doubles as a computer, e-reader, mp3 player and child entertainment center.
You get the picture.
Enter VASELINE: *trumpets playing da-da-da-daaaaaaaaa*
Vaseline is one multi-purpose thing I never leave home without.
It’s like magic to me and literally replaces dozens of products I use and frees up tons of suitcase space too.
I’ve only listed 51 uses but there are literally hundreds of uses for this miraculous gooey stuff which makes it the perfect item to pack in your luggage or even your purse for that matter.
51 reasons you need to pack Vaseline in your luggage on your next trip.
Beauty and Skin Care
Vaseline when used on the skin literally locks in moisture and prevents dryness which is what makes it such a great product to use on your skin.
Check these beautiful and famous woman who swear by it.
Tyra Banks, Jennifer Aniston, J-Lo, Halle Berry and probably hundreds more.
1-Apply a very light coating of Vaseline before flights and you won’t get that icky dry skin feeling. It actually prevents moisture loss.
2-Seal in moisture after a hot shower:
3-Put under eyes to keep wrinkles at bay.: Jennifer Aniston does this and she looks flawless.
4-Rub a little on fine lines like your crows feat area. It will reduce the appearance of fine lines.
5- Night time Hand and feet moisturizer: Make this a nightly ritual and put a pair of socks over your feet and you will have the most touchable, softest hands and feet in the world.
6- Night Cream: Just warm it up for a few seconds and apply a thin coat on your face.
7- Lip cream replacement: Halle Berry puts some on her lips and lets it set before putting on lipstick. I actually think it makes my lips look plumper but it feels great.
8- Cracked heels: Apply daily and nightly and watch your cracked heals turn to butter.
9- Dry elbows:
10-Stretch your favourite lotion by mixing with a little Vaseline each time: Great for when travelling with a small amount of your favourite lotion.
11- Body scrub: Mix a little sea salt in a bowl with some Vaseline and you have a pretty darn good body scrub. This keeps my hands caress-able.
12- Chapped Lips: Rub on lips and watch the magic happen. I think it is better than chapstick.
Make Up & Beauty Enhancers
13- Make-up remover: J-Lo aka Jennifer Lopez uses Vaseline as a make-up remover and so do I. Especially eye makeup.
14- Make your own lip gloss colours: I love this. Get a spoon full of Vaseline and melt it in the microwave. Add a sliver of lipstick and pour into a portable container and let it cool. It will harden and turn to lip gloss.
15-Blush: Use the lip gloss recipe above as a cream blusher. Or add a little powdered blush to Vaseline to make cream blusher.
16-All over body moisturiser:
17- Eyelash s strengthener: Put some on your eyelashes before bed to make them longer and thicker. Some women swear by this.
18- Mix with eye shadow to make new creamy colours.
19-Harsh weather skin Protection: Put some on exposed skin before going out in harsh or windy weather. Example on your hands and cheeks.
20- Apply under eye shadow for a shiny effect:
21- Rub a little on your cheeks for a dewy radiant look
22- Perfume Enhancer: Apply some to pulse points before spraying perfume and your scent will last longer.
23- When dying your hair, put a little along your hairline to prevent your skin from touching the chemicals and dyes.
24- Hide Split Ends by rubbing some on your hands before applying to split ends. Great for when you can’t get to the salon.
25- Hair Gel: but only a little bit or you’ll will end up looking like greasy drowned rat.
26- Hair scrunched: rub a little on hands and scrunch hair to give tussled wavy look.
27- After Shave balm: apply to smooth and sooth your skin
28-Condition your scalp with a little before shampooing.
Health & Personal Care
29- Helps calm rashes like poison ivy.
30- Reduce scaling and itching from dandruff
31- Can improve and ease the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis by helping to get rid of dry patches.
32- Moisturiser for people with acne: No it does not clog pores.
33- Use as a diaper rash cream for babies.
34- Thermometer lubricant: Apply some to the thermometer when taking your baby’s temperature through the rectum.
35- Male genital rash: Yes, you heard me right. if it works on baby rashes why not male genital rash. (NON STD TYPE ONLY)
36- Helps alleviate toenail fungus. YUCK!
37- Can prevent chaffing: Runners sometimes put Vaseline on their nipples to prevent chafing caused by t-shirt friction.
38- When applied thick to the scalp, it eliminates lice by smothering them.
39- Minimize your allergies: Place a little under the nose and you’ll trap pollen before it enters the nostrils.
40- Nail and Cuticle Care: Rubbing a little on makes cuticles softer and better looking. while keeping fingernails healthy.
41- Hemorrhoids: Yes applying a little Vaseline can help relieve the pain, itching, and burning associated with Hemorrhoids.
42- Protects and Hasten healing of burns, cuts and scrapes: put a little on affected area to seal the wound which prevents germs from getting in the wound.
44- As um a personal lubricant. wink wink. But never with a condom because it will make the latex fall apart. YUP. I’m not lying.
45- Fuzzy Photo Effect: An old photography trick is to smear some Vaseline on a lens filter to give it that foggy effect.
46- Fix squeaky doors: There are squeaky doors everywhere.
47- Remove gum from hair: rub on gum and surrounding area. Take a comb and gently start to comb out.
48- Remove rings that are stuck on your finger.
49- Shine your shoes or leather bags with a dab of this and rub vigorously.
50- Remove lipstick / Make-up stains from clothing and napkins: just rub a little on stain before washing.
51- Lubricate suitcase wheels and skateboard wheels too.
I always keep Vaseline with me wherever I go. Even when I’m not travelling it is a staple in my medicine cabinet.
*NOTE: Vaseline is sometimes hard to find in some countries or not readily available. Case and point France. It exists but it’s not in all pharmacies or at least not in the ones where I live. So don’t assume your destination country will have it. Bring a little three ounce container of it in your bag at minimum.
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