Having moved – internationally - eight times so far in my life (20+ times overall), I am a dab hand at packing. When you have to shove your entire life into two suitcases (shoes included), you really can’t afford not to be.
With today being The Manfriend and I’s first full day in New York City, I thought I would take this opportunity to share my tips and tricks with you!
Packing your Carry-On
- Put your laptop at the top for a quick security stop.
- Bring a rolling suitcase that almost reaches the airline’s maximum allowable carryon size.
- Remember the security restrictions and 3-1-1 rules. It only takes a Rodial face cream to be chucked in an airport bin to understand the importance of 3-1-1.
- Take advantage of the weight. This is a great place to add any awkward
- Pack a change of clothes and any medication in case of emergency.
- Don’t pack anything in here you want to use during the flight. No-one likes the woman who keeps pulling things out from the overhead cabin.
Packing your Suitcase
- Check the culture. For example, some locations – though incredibly hot – do not allow bare arms or shoulders.
- Choose a staple style to save space. Three dresses can be used for a week-long vacation without becoming boring if you change up jewellery, jackets, belts, etcetera. Interchangeable basics are key for holidays.
- Sensible shoes. Strictly sneakers? Definitely not. I do try to limit vacation shoes to four categories, though: night out (nude pumps), casual (wedges in a neutral colour), airport friendly (boots or wedged trainers), and heat-friendly (Havaianas).
- Limit bulky items. If they are required for the weather, wear them on the plane in layers.
- Pack your cosmetics/toiletries in here in secure containers. I use lightweight see-through boxes that have secure lids to prevent spillage in case my bag is thrown around.
- Don’t fold. It’s bulky. Lay or roll.
Packing your Handbag (BONUS!)
Ah, finally. A chance to take advantage of being a woman. There are still size regulations on your handbag, but considering it isn’t counted as a carry-on and can be almost as large as one, there is no cause for complaints.
Organize your travel documents and personal belongings into folders, then use the rest of the room to pack light items/extra clothing. I usually pack them on the bottom, with my camera on top and a smaller handbag (for day-to-day use) at the side.
Wherever you are going (or dreaming of going), I wish you safe and wonderful travels!