For those of you that have followed my blog throughout 2014, you know that I have traveled a lot. Traveling has always been a passion of mine and over time I picked up a couple small tricks that helped make packing and traveling a bit easier for me and I wanted to share them here:
1. Makeup bag as a Clutch
Rather than pack multiple clutches, purses, etc, I have started re-purposing my make-up bags as clutches, especially for short trips. They double really nicely, especially if you have a fun or bright bag. The key is to ensure the bag looks like a zip pouch vs. a traveling case, like these here from Forever 21.
2. Start with your shoes
It’s always so difficult to figure out what perfect outfit(s) to pack when traveling, but I recommend starting with your shoes. They take up some of the most room in your suitcase.
Narrow it down to two pairs – your cute pumps and your comfortable walking boots/booties – and then match the clothing and jewellery from there. Putting them in your suitcase first also helps you know right away how much room you have for clothes, etc.
These are my typical go to shoes – both are by Seychelles and both can be found at ModCloth.
3. Conditioner as a shaving cream
This one may sound a bit strange but when you are working with little wiggle room in your suitcase, you can rely on things like the hotel conditioner to double as shaving cream. It leaves your legs extremely soft as well.
4. Roll em up
Your clothes, of course. I have found rolling my clothes the most space efficient and wrinkle free way to pack my clothing.
5. Reusable plastic
Rather than stock up on ziplock baggies and pollute the earth, if you travel a lot it’s worth buying a reusable plastic bag for your liquids. You can find these at most travel stores. This example here can be purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
7. Save that soap!
You want to save your hotel soap amenities when you can because they are the perfect use case for when you stay at an AirBnB instead. Most AirBnb apartment rentals do not provide shampoo, soap, etc. like you are used to in a hotel. So if your travels take you through both types of lodging, save your soap!
8. Invest in a good poncho/cape
I ordered my first cape of the season a couple weeks ago and it ended up being such a great investment for travel. It was similar to this one and I use it not only to enhance my outfits, but also for a scarf (extra warmth on the shoulders and neck) and on a plane as a blanket or pillow. They are comfortable and warm and multi-purpose.
Missguided has a bunch of adorable ones, and for cheap!
I hope my gal pal travel hacks will help your travels remain as fashionable and as smooth as you desire.
And with that, it’s time to go home for the holidays!