We’ve previously penned down a list of EVERYTHING that goes into our suitcases in our post Packing For Long Term Travel
Travel as much as you can
As far as you can and as long as you can
Life’s not meant to be lived in one place
I’ve seen this quote working its way around the internet a fair few times now. While it sounds dreamy on paper, the reality is both fun and amusing in equal measures. After all it’s not easy to pack your entire life in a suitcase. I’ve already written a whole article on every single thing we pack in our suitcases but we recently upgraded our battered suitcases to Samsonite’s Cosmolite Spinners while we were in the US. I have to say these are some of the lightest and most well-designed suitcases we’ve ever used! I can’t wait to take them for a spin around the world 🙂 As I was packing our new suitcases, I thought I’d pen down 5 tips that will come in super handy if you, like us, enjoy travelling light.
The number of times I’ve mentioned packing cubes on Bruised Passports is beginning to get kind of embarrassing. But I’ll say it again – packing cubes are godsent when it comes to packing. I wish I’d discovered them earlier. I use 3-4 of them every time I pack my suitcase – 1 for lingerie and swimwear, 1 for dresses, 1 for tops and trousers. This makes it easy to pick and choose outfits. It also keeps the suitcase looking neat and tidy, which can only be a good thing right? After all who wants to fumble through a pile of clothes when one has exactly 10 minutes to get dressed and rush out of the door – to see the wonders of this crazy world of course! 🙂
Here’s a photo of my 3 packing cubes snugly fit into one half of my suitcase:
Pack loads of Multi taskers
I touched on this briefly in my last post on packing for long term travel but this is one of my most frequently used travel hack. Pack lots of basics – black tees, white tops, striped dresses – go with everything. Also feel free to improvise – for instance you can use a sarong as a head-wrap, kimono, beach coverup, picnic blanket, or scarf!
Here I used my Mandala picnic blanket/sheet as a cover up:
A photo posted by Savi and Vid (@bruisedpassports) on
Resort to Cute Cases for EVERYTHING!
If there’s one thing I hate more than anything, it’s fumbling for something – it could be earrings or body lotion – in a suitcase full of things. So I don’t stop at packing cubes. I use a few cute & quirky cases for our toiletries, make up bits and bobs, medicines, and jewellery.
Pack some winter warmers (even in summer!)
Here’s the thing – there is no bad weather, just bad clothes! You’ll enjoy a destination so much more if you’re well clad. If you’re travelling to Europe, US, Australia, or New Zealand even during summer months, chances are you’ll run into plenty of thunderstorms, grey days, and unexpectedly cold days Always pack a really warm down jacket and a lighter cover-up and you’ll be sorted, irrespective of what a country throws at you.
Fret a little less 🙂
In today’s day and age it’s easy to get carried away by seasonal trends and adverts telling us what to wear and what not to wear. Social media just adds to that pressure of being holiday ready – truth is you just need to pack whatever pieces reflect your personality well and suit you. Don’t hanker for that elusive holiday wardrobe and just throw together pieces from your suitcase and have fun with them – that’s the shortest recipe to a being a happy traveller 🙂
On that note, here’s how to rock bedsheets when you’ve run out of clothes – try this at your own risk 😉
What is your favourite packing tip? Tell us in the comments below 🙂
Want to see a list of everything that goes into our suitcases? Read our Guide to Packing For Long Term Travel
Want some travel fashion inspiration? Check out our Lookbook from New Zealand here