1 December 2017

MY ULTIMATE PACKING HACK GUIDE


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Unless you're blessed with endless funds to compensate for excess baggage or have an enviable ability to fly privately, chances are you'll encounter difficulty in packing a suitcase at least once or twice in your lifetime. It truly is the ultimate struggle; a David and Goliath type battle. Knowing what to pack and what to leave behind can be a most perplexing task. And with weight restrictions the bane of every traveller, it is imperative you load that suitcase correctly.

So how can one overcome such adversity? It's actually more straightforward than it seems when you implement some smart changes to your usual routine. The key is organisation. To a certain extent. As is having a fair understanding of your destination. Things such as climate and local customs will assist you greatly. For example tropical adventures to places like the Maldives will no doubt call for swimwear or bohemian style rompers. So leave the biker jackets at home and save them for notoriously cooler parts of the world like San Francisco.

I've listed a few of my own tried and tested methods for packing a suitcase. Which will hopefully help you avoid emptying the entire contents of your wardrobe into one bag (or do so comfortably).

STICK TO BASICS
When it comes to deciding what to bring with you, basics are always a good idea. For me they are essential because of their low maintenance appeal and most importantly, easy to pair. This type of clothing will always be complimentary and effortless to style again and again. And mixing and matching will leave you with a vaster number of options, easily carrying you into the week. Of course it doesn't hurt to include one or two statement print pieces into the mix. You know for spontaneous nights out or impromptu adventures. You can also pair these with your basics. But remember not to go overboard on these. Because chances are you'll end up finding irresistible unique beauties at your destination and need to bring them home with you.

Shop a my sartorial basics edit below.


MERMAID IN TRAINING
Don't forget your swimsuit. That is if you're a notorious aqua-bunny. Because it's more than likely you'll sniff out a heated hotel pool to frolic in. Otherwise leave it out. Just don't forget to bring a wet bag and laundry bag because the last thing on your mind is doing needless laundry. These bags can really save your bacon. They also come in handy for packing your delicates and unmentionables. Another hack for packing these is to layer your bras on top of one another and fold them over to create a secure shell, then stuff the insides with your underwear or socks. This will further protect their integrity and avoid them getting crushed. Shop laundry needs here or a selection of swimwear if you find yourself heading towards cerulean waters sometime soon.

CHECK IT TWICE 
Checklists can truly be a godsend, especially if you're forgetful or prone to poor time management. This will also encourage you to narrow down unnecessary gadgets and clothing while also ensuring you don't forget something crucial, like your phone charger. These days there are countless apps specialising in to-do lists available for download. I personally prefer the Wunderlist app and usually separate my checklist into categories like Tech, Beauty, Clothing, Shoes and Accessories. Of course you could do it the "old fashioned" way and handwrite your own list. Either one will get the job done.

MINI ME
Travel minis really do make a difference in terms of space. Their petite stature leaves more room for other things while ensuring your beauty routine remains undisrupted. While they can be on the pricier side to acquire specific minis, you can also purchase empty travel bottles. Just load them up with your shampoo, micellar water or cleanser and you're good to go. I invested in the NARS Orgasm, Laguna duo and used these travel bottles for my last trip which saved me from carting unnecessary large bottles and compacts. Just don't forget to place aerosols and liquids into a waterproof or zip lock bag for safe keeping. I never use to employ this before, but did so on my last trip to Portugal. And thankfully so since I was met with an unfortunate incident with my self tanner. It pays to be safe than sorry.

// Shop ideal travel minis options.


TO ROLL OR NOT TO ROLL?
This is a rather controversial topic with both sides making equally valid points. Rolling clothing will seemingly leave you with more valuable packing real estate but the act of folding your clothing will help to retain its shape and protect the garment overall. Especially when it comes to more delicate fabrics such as cotton or silks which are prone to creasing. Personally I prefer to utilize both methods. And when it comes down to rolling your clothing this works best with packing cubes (shop packing cubes and and other travel accompaniments at the end of this post) implemented as they will allow you to squeeze as much as physically possible while remaining structured and uniformed in your luggage.
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29 comments

  1. These are good tips! I always over pack, I throw things in 'just in case' all the time, haha. And hardly ever use them! I'm trying to be better so I have more space for purchases as I always shop when I'm away! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week! I'm surprised it's December already, but excited too, we are going to put up our Christmas tree this weekend.

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  2. Thanks a lot :D

    so amazing products my friend :D
    you need to do a Skin Care Rotuine post, pleeease :D

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  3. Such a great tips dear! The products sounds really great!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
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  4. Some awesome tips, love the swimsuit :) x

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  5. Thank you for these helpful tips,
    the products sound really good and simply perfect for an amazing vacation.

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  6. Making packing lists + buying a set of packing cubes saved my LIFE when I went to Greece earlier this year; I'm suuuuch a shitty packer, haha.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  7. Packing is forever the bane of my existence! These are some great tips!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

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  8. Amazing tips, Sonia! I usually am very good packing clothes and makeup but when it comes to skincare, OMG, I bring the whole house with me. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  9. Amazing packing hack guide. I will keep these points in mind when packing :)
    Love this post! Happy Weekend!
    rampdiary | fineartandyou

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  10. these are great tips! I have a love and hate relationship with packing hahaha.

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  11. Great tips!
    Thank you for sharing :)

    Kathy's delight

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  12. Ohh yes when packing, I try to go for mini sizes when it comes to products. That really helps while I try to fit all my shoes and clothes hahaha

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  13. Thanks for this exhaustive guide, I really need to optimize my packing!
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  14. Great tips! I'm a horrible overpacker and always end up with a ton of stuff I don't need. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  15. Great hints! I also believe in a cornerstone wardrobe based on minimalistic colors (b&w), and mixing it with colorful blazers & jackets. Thank you for passing by my blog, and leaving me such a kind comment! :)

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
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  16. I always confuse how to pack happy, but with your guide I'll be more happy to start a travel ^_____^

    Lily Kanaya | www.Glowlicious.Me

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  17. I always pack the minimum and buy anything missing at destination. Occasionally I roll but only if I need the additional space in my suitcase. Don't forget your swimsuit. >> sometimes I forget to bring it back home, as I do with nightgowns too... :(
    ANOUK

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  18. Hi Sonia! Have to say Im good on packing clothes but just cause I learned in the years to bring just what I really need, as basics and essential tools. So I have the excuse to shop more lol! Happy Sunday! xo

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  19. These are all really good tips! :) xx

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  20. These are awesome tips, Sonia:) Even though we don't travel much, this past trip we had to Florida in the summer really taught me a lot:P Yes to having a checklist and using the mini versions for everything, although I did have to bring the big bottles for some stuff that we all use like body soap and lotion. In terms of packing, I did the KonMari method of folding which actually does work even for travel:)
    Hope you had a lovely weekend:)

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  21. Great post dear! Very interesting and useful tips!
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  22. This is totally cool, dear! Love them all! xoxo

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  23. Great Post<3
    thank you so much for sharing
    we wish you a lovely day
    xoxo
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  24. Great post dear!

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  25. Many thanks! Your tips are good - personally, I have still a huge potential to improve my packing skills :) Now I hope I will be better thanks to you!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  26. I agree with using the rolling and folding technique when it comes to packing clothes. I do tend to go on cheaper holidays where my outfits don't matter as much, so I think I can definitely utilise rolling more as I'm not too fussed about them retaining their shape as I'm going to places where fashion isn't really a key concept. Agree with all of these tips!

    Amy;
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  27. I always make a list. It helps keep me organized. I'm so glad skincare & makeup brands are making more travel friendly sizes in our favorites. Great list Sonia.
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