Guide to packing a hand luggage…for a short trip

Well hello there.

Packing may not be everyone’s cup of tea (or champagne) but it’s definitely mine, I love packing! Then again, I also love hotel rooms and moving. I would like to think of myself as a bit of a pro when it comes to packing, the reason; I have packed a lot (practise makes perfect right?) and I prefer a small luggage which I take in with me if I’m going on a short holiday. I managed to go Turkey for a week and a half, with only a small hand luggage and I still had some space left in it so I could do a little shopping there, I didn’t even wear few of the things I’ve packed. Anyway, here I am giving tips on packing.

>>> Leggings, black trousers/jeans and a black skirt are bit of necessities. Black trousers is a classic and black is a colour that goes with everything! It’s useful to pack few items that you can re-wear with about top or shoes. Black will always be the new black.
>>> A tank top and a lightweight jumper or a cardigan is also another necessity clothing items. With tops; pack about 6. Tops tend to be more lightweight than the bottoms.
>>Make sure you plan your outfits when packing; plan them in your mind, write them down, use an app that will help you create your outfit…anything. I usually write my outfits down so I don’t forget as I have a bit of a Dory memory. Again, take versatile clothing, that you could rematch and leave that yellow jeans that only goes with that white top at home.

>>> One pair of heels should be enough but I tend to rebel and take two just in case and never wear the second one as I am always stuck in my flats that I wore in the first place. So, see- one pair is enough. Make sure it goes with many outfit combos. For my Florida trip I’ll be taking my beige heels that goes with many outfit combos (but I also threw in my black pumps) and I can re-wear it.

>>To save a bit of space, stuff some clothing items inside the shoes. Another method to save space is to roll your clothes.

>>It is useful to take hair straighteners which could double as an iron for the clothes. Take thin ones as they are lighter and doesn’t take up much space, I prefer these.

>>>Do take cosy fluffy socks! Also make sure it is within easy reach so you can wear it on the plane. Your feet will love you for it. Planes could get cold and feet are easily cold.

>>Headphones, book, face wipes and a scarf are a must, everyone knows this. Maybe a camera too. I usually also take notepad, pen, tissues, paracetamol and Vaseline.

>> It is useful to pack few carrier bags, you never know when it might come handy. It is useful for -Dirty laundry.
-To put in food.
-A gift item.
-Put in something that is spilled.
-keeping the luggage organised.

>>> Gels, creams, pastes and any other liquids must still be in containers of no more than 100ml and placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag which isn’t larger 20cmx20cm. I usually put this in my bag rather than the luggage to make it easier to take out and put back in.

I hope this what somewhat helpful and I’ll also do travel beauty essentials post soon. Happy packing!

Love, Z


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