Are you good at packing for a vacation or do you take more than you need and come home with half of your garments not even taken out of your suitcase?
I probably fall into the second category and always take more than what I really need. I’m off on a two week cruise in October, so I thought I would enlist the help of Christine Blundell, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond’s Fashion Editor, to give me some tips on making packing easier.
8 tips to making packing for your vacation a breeze
In a survey conducted on women going on holiday, they packed an average of 44 garments. On return these same women on majority revealed they wore an average of only 22 of those garments. That means most of us take twice as many garments as we need and wear. That’s a lot of extra baggage!
You may find the following tips helpful when planning your next holiday:
1. Plan a core wardrobe that mixes and matches with other colours.
Choose 2 or 3 plain basic colours to build on. In Sue’s travel wardrobe plan, we are using black, navy and white.
2. Wear the same outfit on your return as you wore to travel to your destination and wear the heaviest and bulkiest garments and shoes as this takes up less space in your luggage.
3. Instead of folding garments, roll them as they crease less and take up less space.
4. Check out the climate before packing and plan your wardrobe accordingly.
5. Are there cultural considerations that need to be respected?
6. Activity level –will it be predominately work, walking, hiking or relaxing? Beach or country or both?
7. A cross body bag is a great idea as it leaves your hands free.
8. From personal experience, if you have a health condition and/or on medication, ask your doctor to print out details to take with you, as in an emergency it can be difficult to think clearly and if in a foreign country, trying to deal with language barriers.
What are your tips for making packing a breeze?
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