At the end of this week I’m heading off to the US for a week, starting in LA, heading to Nevada and then to San Francisco, I’m excited for two reasons – having a few days of downtime where all I have to worry about is what cake I plan to eat that day and my other reason being packing.
I love packing. It’s exciting to me to know I’m heading off somewhere (which I don’t do enough) and the challenge of packing what I need into a small bag, having room left over and feeling like I’m a mathematical packing genius is always a welcome process. As I love packing so much, I’m happy to toot my own horn and claim that I have some fabulous packing hacks for both beauty and style that have served me well in my time.
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What To Wear On The Plane:
When I’m getting on a plane, I have to be comfortable. I know the paparazzi aren’t going to be there (yet) so I know it’s not a fashion contest, this doesn’t mean I want to get off the plane looking like an ex-crim in a tracksuit. As it’s going to be cold in the US and a little cooler on the plane, I’ll be wearing some ponte pants from Country Road that are like a fitted, thicker tracksuit fabric – to the untrained eye these just look like slim leg black pants. This mixed with a soft tee and my favourite cardigan from Saba will provide the perfect outfit for jetsetting, binge watching a television series and asking for more potato chips while also looking like an approachable young woman incase there’s any good looking fellow passengers nearby.
What you wear on the plane should be comfortable, layered if you’re visiting a different climate and it should be in fabrics that don’t show crushing.
In My Carry On Beauty Kit
In my carry on, I like to pack some Rose Hip Oil, I know this sounds a little la-di-dah, but it’s amazing stuff. My sister introduced me to it recently and I can’t get enough of it. I put it on everynight before bed and when I wake up, my skin feels soft and smooth. Air conditioning on the plane will dry my skin out and I don’t want that, so I’ll be rubbing some Rosehip oil on to keep my skin looking bright and even in tone.
I also always pack a small hairbrush, a mini face wipe pack, some lip balm, toothbrush, deodorant and a hair tie.
My General Carry On: For entertainment, a good book and a notepad and pen for writing down blog ideas will be packed. Remember that headphones and a set of earbuds will never go unused on a long haul flight. Before you board the plane, you can often get your hands on some travel sized Panadol too incase you’re feeling a little queasy in the air.
In my checked luggage:
This is where the fun starts, there’s so many tips and tricks you can use to make your packing better:
Lay Out Your Outfits & Check The Weather Forecast: So you don’t come unstuck with different weather and the wrong clothing, ensure you check the weather forecast when picking what outfits to take and try to stick with a colour scheme for what you’re packing. Chances are that you’ll get to your destination and decide you don’t want to stick to all the outfits you created, if you’ve got a colour scheme, you can mix and match much easier.
Fold & Roll Your Clothing: This will not only save space, but you can see what you have from a glance and, for extra simple dressing, separate each day’s outfits into large A4 ziplock bags so you can pick them up and go as you need.
Take A Trip To Priceline: And get your hands on those little clear refillable bottles so you’re not having to pack large portions of shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, sunscreen, foundation and all that jazz.
Put Your Cords In A Pencil Case: If every cord is in with your regular luggage, it will likely get damaged or tangled in your fabulous outfits, and because we can’t have that I recommend you get yourself a little pencil case to store your cords in so you know where everything is.
Store Breakables In Shoes: Sunglasses, perfume bottles, chunky jewellery, you name it, it will be safest in your shoes. This is also a handy space to store socks and stockings.
Find A Space For Backup Cash: As a tourist, you may be the target for pickpockets and fraudsters, it’s a good idea to have a back up stash of money just incase you forget your bag, it gets stolen or it’s gone walkabout. Great places to put spare cash is in empty chapstick containers, behind your phone case and in your makeup bag.
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