Traveling is great, packing is not. If you’re anything like me, you probably thrive on that jet-set life. After I was able to land a well paid job and be approved for a credit card, the joy of booking flights became an obsession. I was always looking forward to planning my next trip (if time and money allowed me to, of course). More than 10 years later I’m still on the quest for that seat sale email, promotions and any reason to pack my bags and just go.
After 2 long distance relationships, gaining and keeping friends in different area codes and falling in love with cities I’ve never been to, I’ve finally mastered how to proficiently pack my life in a suitcase. And trust me, It took a lot of trial and error to get this far. Here are some helpful tips to successfully pack your carry-on.
We all know how important it is to make sure you have your passport, IDs and plastics or cash with you. Print out your flight itinerary or have the email confirmation ready for you to easy access once you arrive at the airport. Worst thing you can do is frantically look for your reservation code or flight information while rushing to make it to your gate. I personally like to check in online 24 hours in advance, so depending on your airlines this is something I would also recommend doing if it is available. Also carry a spare pen and a copy of the address of your destination and important telephone numbers. Most flights will hand you a customs form to fill out but never anything to write with. I hate bothering other passengers to borrow their pen or filling everything out last minute on my way to the customs desk once I arrive at my destination. I also hate having my ears pop during take off and landing so unless you can deal with that annoyance, I would suggest to always pack some gum. Besides, after hours of being in a plane you’d also want to make sure your breath smells amazing right?
Electronics & Entertainment
Now a days, most of us can’t live without their phones so make sure you pack your phone charger or any other chargers you may need to help recharge your gadgets (and yes, including the wall socket portion too) in your carry on. Worst case scenario something goes wrong and you’re left with a phone on 5% battery life. Having said that, I also bring a spare fully charged battery pack just in case. I also pack my Macbook and my DSLR camera in my bag as I’m not 100% comfortable with putting that in my actual luggage. I also bring a book along with a notebook to write in (see, this is where the pen also comes in handy) if I’m not already asleep with my ipod blasting music into my ears.
I want to look my best when I land at my destination, not look like a mess. I’m a woman and as much as I want to bring all my make-up tools with me to help me look fresh… the reality is: I can’t. My favourite on-the-go make up is the NYX The Go-To Palette (in Wanderlust). It contains: eyeshadow, highlight, blush and contour in a compact case. I also carry with me Kat Von D’s tattoo liner as we know ladies, sometimes our eyeliner needs a little touching up. Although, I’ve honestly never had an issue with this liner specifically with rubbing off easily or smudging but it doesn’t hurt to have it on you if you need it. Chapstick and my favourite NYX matte lipstick. I have asian hair, so my hair can easily go flat… so I also carry a travel size bottle of dry shampoo to help quickly perk the volume of my hair.
I’m sure we all have our own ways to pack our lives away in a small carry-on, but this is what helps me stay stress free and prepared when I’m trying to figure out my life before leaving my country. I don’t like carrying around a purse with me so for easy access to my phone, credit/debit card, cash and passport I usually secure it in a small wristlet and carry the rest of my belongings in my backpack or small duffle bag. Knowing me, I always end up carrying both simply because I tend to bring more items back than what I came with, so the extra room helps! Confessions of a
Scorpio Shopaholic right? Do you have any tips or tricks that you have to make it breezy when it comes to packing for your own travels?
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