Don’t you just love it when your partner surprises you with something as lovely as a short break away? The romance, the relaxation, the food, and the experiences – wonderful! The packing? Not so wonderful. If you are thinking of traveling don’t forget the importance of the luggage. Check out the TSA lock, and travel with less stress! You’re short on time, you’ve got one hundred things to do before you leave, and you haven’t a thing to wear at a destination like that! So what can you do?
Start by finding the essentials. You need all of your travel documents in place and ready. The passport is the first essential. Then you need to pick up your medical insurance and travel insurance documents. Don’t forget your medication. It’s best to take only what you need for the days you are away. However, make sure it is packed in its original container so it can be checked at the airport.
Now you need to get your toiletries in order. Rather than packing everything you can think of, see if there is a way you can make any shortcuts. Can you get to the beauty salon before you leave so you can avoid the dreaded razor? What about the hairdresser? A fresh cut should need less fussing and reset while you’re away. Do you have any travel size bottles for your fave shampoo and shower creme? What about your cosmetics? If not, it’s worth buying them to save space.
Dig deep into your closet to see if there is anything tucked away there that would suit the climate for where you’re going. If not, get yourself to some online boutiques for a few items that can freshen your closet. If it’s brand new, you won’t need to worry about folding it for the suitcase! Of course, if you have sensitive skin, you might prefer to launder your new items before wearing them. Make sure you leave some time to do that.
Shoes are essential, so don’t forget to pack a couple of pairs. You will need something with a heel for your romantic dinner for two. And you’ll probably want something more comfortable for walking around and seeing the sights. If you have to take them off at the airport, pick a pair of slip-on for comfort and convenience.
Finally, it’s time to pack your purse or handbag. Sunglasses and cash are the obvious essentials here. Don’t forget a phone charger and some hand sanitizer too. Pocket tissues are very handy while you’re traveling. Last, but not least, pack a spare camera if your phone is running out of storage space.
Packing is great fun when you’re excited about having a vacation. It’s not great fun when you’re trying to squeeze lots of “essentials” into a tiny carry-on case. Wearing everything really isn’t practical. For a start, all of your wardrobe essentials will smell of the plane before your vacation has even begun! Keep it fresh in a case. Tuck underwear into shoes and tuck the shoes into each other. Tiny toiletries are better than the big bottles, and inflatable travel pillows can deflate into tiny bags too. Do you love surprises like this?