By Charlene Nerima
For many people from Europe and surrounding continents, it is summertime and as such, it is a time to jeton wonderful and warm adventures.
But what should you bring and what can you do without? Here are a few steps travelers can take to make packing perfect.
Step 1: Weight, size….
Understand limitations. Traveling by car, with an empty boot to fill? In this case, the more the merrier! But for those traveling by air, it is worth looking into weight and size restrictions to eliminate those last-minute surprises when checking it at the airport.
Most airlines enforce a 50-pound weight restriction for checked bags. So you need to pack cautiously, lest you end up emptying half your suitcase at the airport.
Step 2: The essentials
Make a master list of everything needed, every day. This list can include all the basics, like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and all personal must-haves, like special face cream or hair straightener. Now, keep this list and re-use it for the next trip!
Step 3: Mix and match
Forget total outfits. First, consult the local weather forecast. Then, choose a basic color theme and stick with it – blacks or navies, whites or creams – so that can pack a set or mix and match basics. Pack familiar items – now are not the time to experiment with new pieces. Leave behind articles that wrinkle too much or show wear too easily.
And take multifunctional pieces like a blazer or cardigan to coordinate with pants or a dress. With the space saved, there is room for one or two extravagant items – or for souvenirs picked up along the way!
Step 4: Shoes, shoes, purses and shoes!
Oh, the agony! Again, sticking to a color theme will make decisions so much easier. Take a comfortable pair of shoes, as traveling always involves a lot of walking. Now, take one pair that can dress anything up with for the evening. And finally, wear the biggest pair while traveling. As for purses, the same rules apply – take one for the day, which can possibly double as a second carry-on bag, and a little bag for the evening, which can easily slip into the suitcase.
Step 5: Toiletries
Searching for a little piece of home away from home? For many people, that comes in the shape of toiletries and cosmetics. Always remember the 100 ml rule – anything larger than 100 MLS can only be packed in checked luggage. And collect samples of favorite brands to use during the trip. This will drastically reduce the volume of toiletries required.
Step 6: Accessories
If there is one area people can pack a few outstanding items in, this is it! Pack all the basics, and sneak in a few extras just in case. Those sparkly earrings? Check. A bangle bracelet? Why not?
Step seven: Packing vs unpacking
One last rule? The less you pack, the less you have to unpack!