What NOT to pack
My baby girl is taking her first international trip to Tanzania. She is only 3yrs old and I’m reminiscing to my first international trip to Peru. I was young, dumb and full of dead weight. I was traveling with a group of 50 other classmates from my alma mater GO PACK! When we all arrived at luggage check-in, my bags were overweight. I mean like 25 lbs over. I had at least 2 kitchen sinks in those bags. To make matters worse the girl beside me had bags that were 50 Ibs over.
Side note: I didn’t know her at the time but now she is my best friend. Hey Vickie!!
It was so embarrassing we were in the middle of the airport digging through our laundry (panties and all) trying to move and take things out. Once we arrived in Lima we only used about a 1/4th of the things we packed. I will never make that mistake again. Mama is prepared now. So I decided to share a few dos and don’ts that will help you pack like a #travelchamp
The recipe for packing: Strategy and Witchcraft
Just kidding about the witchcraft…sort of
SAY NO to heavy books
Instead take advantage of electronic readers (e-readers) on your phone or tablet. I mean its 2018 practically everything is available in the digital version. An Amazon Kindle Fire is priced well under $100 bucks and totally worth the convenience. Also consider downloading a language apps such as Duolingo for international trips. This can help pass the time and by the time you get to you destination you will at least know how to respectfully greet everyone. This will open more door then you can imagine
DO NOT pack an outfit for everyday of your vacation
Here is a #TravelHack recipe for a week long trip: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
- 5 Underwear
- 4 Tops
- 3 Bottoms
- 2 pairs of shoes (counting the pair on your feet)
- 1 Dress
- Accessories (hats, scarves, jewelry)
Mix and match your cloths and use different accessories to change up the look along the way. A fly head wrap or statement necklace will always steal the show and light up your IG feed. Fella look hot in scarfs and hats too. If you don’t wear dresses then add 1 more shirt. Stick to solid colors so that you can mix them up. Don’t feel the need to pack so many underwear an shoes. You can easily hand wash your undergarments at night and let them dry overnight. Under garments are small so they will be dry by morning time. A few of my husbands favorite super fast drying underwear are ExOfficio underwear and Smartwool socks. Thank him later.
NEVER, EVER bring more than 2 pair of shoes. You are just wasting you space. In case of an emergency… guess what they make shoes all over the planet.
DO NOT pack a lot of bulky jeans
This is a big travel no no. They take up so much space and weigh a lot. For a week trip 1 pair is fine but no more than 2 pairs. Make sure the pair you take is neutral and not so flashy. That way they can blend in for multiple wears and no one will notice. Now if you are traveling to arctic climate then take this rule, tear it up, and throw it out the window.
Roll your clothes
It may sound absurd but rolling your cloths will create more space in your luggage. I found this out in the airport on that trip to Peru. Not only does it save space but it surprisingly prevented a lot of wrinkling.
Leave those basic toiletries at home
If you are headed to a hotel then soap, shampoo and conditioner will be there when you arrive. If traveling in the U.S there are local pharmacies everywhere. Grab a mini size of mouthwash and your other favorite products once you arrive. All you need to pack is a toothbrush and mini toothpaste.
WARNING: do not follow this advice for international travel. Pack a mini version of all of your necessities in travel bottles and put them in your carry on. Then buy larger sizes as needed once you arrive to your destination. Of course this is depending upon the how long you will be abroad. If it is a one week trip then you should not need to buy any extra toiletries.
DO NOT take a huge make-up collection
Invest in a small travel sizes that are multifunctional for both day and night. Also get a clear zip bag for cosmetics. This will speed you up during airport security checks.
Remember the point of traveling is to enjoy the destination. You can always buy a few things once you get to your paradise and most people do. So save space for all those cool what nots you will surprisingly find along the way.