Going travelling for 6 months? Yes, it’s tempting to pack your whole wardrobe BUT with a little careful planning you can transform your backpack into lean, mean space-saving machine.
Here’s how to travel light – essential packing tips for girls:
Buy space-saver bags
We can’t recommend this enough. Buy two or three transparent Ziploc bags (make sure they have double zips and are durable) in different sizes. One for your clothes, one for your underwear and one for beachwear. Simply roll them up and slide them into your pack.
2. Buy a dual-purpose wash bag
Don’t buy a separate wash bag and make-up bag. You want one bag that carries all your toiletries (shampoo/conditioner), girly essentials (tampons, razor), and your make-up.
3. Buy ‘minis’ of everything
Don’t lug around full-size shampoo bottles. Buy minis and re-fill when needed. Buy mini nail clippers, a compact mirror, a tiny tup of moisteriser etc etc
4. Take one razor
Don’t buy 20 disposable razors – invest in one good razor with blade refills.
5. Buy 2 in 1 products
Think carefully about what you need. Use your sarong as beach towel. Buy a moisturiser with SPF. Use your shampoo as clothes detergent. Buy a pen knife that has scissors, tweezers & nail clippers. Buy a mini toothbrush with built-in toothbrush (pictured, main).
6. Use a micro-fibre towel
Compact, fast-drying and a must if you’re short on space.
7. Everything must match
Be strict when packing clothes. One item must match at least two others. For example, one t-shirt must go with one pair of shorts and one skirt. And remember the golden rule: if in doubt, take it out!