After years of travelling, I’ve learned one important rule. Pack light. There are so many advantages to packing everything you need in just a carry-on suitcase. You avoid costly baggage fees, you never have to worry about the airline losing your luggage and you don’t have to wait at the baggage claim.
As I get ready to head to California to ring in the New Year, here are some easy tips to ensure you have everything you need for your trip. The best part? While everyone else on the flight is standing around watching the carousel go round and round, you’ll be in a cab ready to start your awesome vacay.
- Neutral Colours. As you know, I wear a lot of black. It’s no accident – this way, everything goes together, ya dig? Bring lots of white, grey and black lightweight tops that can be layered and easily matched with pants and/or skirts.
- Pack 2-3 pairs of pants. One pair of skinnies and leather leggings will ensure you’re prepped for any occasion. If you’re working out 1-2 pairs of yoga pants roll up super easy too, especially if you wear your comfy jeans on the plane.
- Limit Bulk. Shoes take up a lot of room, so choose wisely. Plan to wear the heaviest pair on the plane while in transit to maximize luggage space. Do your best to limit packed pairs to two – one casual, one dressy.
- Accessorize. You may think it’s hard to do, but packing even the most casual LBD can be taken from day to night with the right accessories. Pack your jewellery in plastic Zip Lock bags and insert into shoes to save precious room.
- Invest in reusable travel-size containers. This is a MUST. You won’t get through security without full-size product so head to your local Walmart, Shopper’s etc to purchase so you can take your fave beauty products with you as you travel.
- Use a roomy shopping tote instead of a purse. It’ll come in handy for extra space – store your makeup bag, laptop and/or tablet in it with ease.
- Pack a wallet that doubles as a clutch. Get party ready with a wallet that has enough room for essentials like lip gloss, hotel keys and a phone.
Here’s a snapshot of some of my travel essentials: