Summer is getting really really close, so this is the perfect time to start planning. Basically, here are a few useful tips I would like to share with you about packing for traveling. Because I am one of those girls who is able to constantly forget something even the most needed tools (I might once have left home my glasses (!!) and I had to stay with my contact lenses on for the entire week! Please learn from me!!) Let’s get started!
Expert Packing Tips for Every Type of Trip
Packing just the right amount of gear is something of an art form. Many people get it very wrong and they end up paying excess luggage fees or struggling to drag heavy bags around in 50 degree heat. You may not get it right every single time, but the key to success is to pack suitable gear for your destination and to leave enough room in your bag for a few souvenirs.
Large Suitcase or Tiny Carry-On?
How much room you need in your baggage will depend on your mode of travel. Cruise passengers have more scope for luggage than, say, budget airline passengers. However, it is always better to take as little as possible; simply by virtue of the fact heavy bags are difficult to manoeuvre. Choosing good quality luggage from www.charlesfordlondon.com is also sensible, as heavy-duty cases and bags tend to last longer and are less likely to fall apart in the departure lounge.
|The Brighton Wheel and the Sea <3 + a CCTV camera|
In theory, you won’t need much for a beach vacation apart from a few bikinis and a good book. In practice, you will need suitable clothing and comfortable shoes for sightseeing trips, cover-ups for walks to and from the beach, and nice outfits for evening meals. Don’t pack too much. Instead, create a mix and match capsule wardrobe and use accessories to add a bit of glamour.
Cruises are nice and relaxing, but you will need to pack the right clothing. Take a mixture of smart-casual clothing for trips to shore and lazy days spent soaking up the sun on deck. For the evening, you will need a selection of suitable evening wear – check the dress code of your cruise ship for details.
Active outdoorsy trips require that you pack light, since you may need to carry everything you own in a rucksack. Stick to lightweight, breathable clothing made from technical fabrics. Jeans are a big no-no, as they stay wet for days. Pack layers to handle changes in weather and make sure you take hats and gloves for cold climates, as well as a waterproof outer layer. Insect repellent is another useful accessory.
|North Laine, Brighton|
Weekend mini breaks are wonderfully romantic – and fun – but you need to be a savvy packer to make the most of the trip. Try and pack light, for there is nothing worse than trying to push a heavy suitcase along a crowded city street. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for all the sightseeing you plan on doing and take a secure bag for your valuables.
Going on Safari
If you are heading to Africa to bag the ‘big five’, pack the right clothing or it will be a very uncomfortable trip. Depending on the time of year you travel, Africa can get very cool at night, so warm clothing for early morning game drives is essential.
Top tip for successful packing whatever the destination: make a list and check it at least three times. That way you will hopefully avoid the horror of leaving something crucial behind.
So after these useful suggestions – how do you pack? The night before, a few hours before, ages ago? Let me know!