Maybe it's because I'm a girl traveler but I am a serious over packer. I always want to pack that extra shirt, toothpaste, or device--just in case. Because my instinct is to pack more, I've had to learn a few tricks that lighten my backpack (or suitcase), make it easy to find what I need and overall make my life easier. Here's a list of my favorite packing hacks for ladies who travel.
LIGHTEN YOUR BAG WITH:
A large quick dry towel
I love these towels because they are thin and soft for showering, wash and dry really quickly and fold up really small. They don't take up any room in a suitcase. Some accommodations don't include towels so this is a great backup. When a towel is included then I use my quick dry towel at the beach or for my hair. It can have multiple uses since it's so easy to wash.
Detergent in a travel size shampoo bottle
Sometimes I run out of underwear or just needed to wash one or two items. After a sweaty hike or rainy walk, you just want to clean your stinky socks, am I right? A little detergent bottle is perfect for a sink rinse and avoiding high prices for a little laundry.
A packable day bag
Having a day bag that folds up into a little ball is so convenient. It is small, packable, light but can still hold my laptop, tablet, camera and a bunch of other stuff. It's also nice to bring a packable grocery bag for souvenirs or as a carry on!
A travel money belt instead of a purse
I brought a purse on my 3 month trip and I really didn't need it. I used my day bag to walk around during the day and a money wallet for shopping at busy markets and going out at night. With a money wallet I don't worry about loosing my purse, getting pick pocketed or holding my purse while dancing. Let me tell you, salsa dancing with a purse is a buzz kill. Money wallet is the way to go (just put it under a loose/long top)!
FIND WHAT YOU NEED EASILY WITH:
I had never used organizational packs until my last trip. Boy do they make a difference! I didn't have to dig for stuff. Everything had a place. I could pull out one bag instead of 5 shirts that needed refolding. I also put electronics and cords in a bag so the wires are everywhere in my bag. I think they should have mini cubes for purses. My Mom would love that.
A toiletry bag that folds and hangs
I don't know about you but I have face cleanser, face lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair curling spray, a razor, and make up remover. With all that it's so much easier to not take it all out. A foldable bag lets you compartmentalize and take what you need. Also, not all bathrooms have a hook or shelf so a toiletry bag that hangs or suctions to the wall is killer.
A pill box as a jewelry box
I don't bring that much jewelry when I travel, but I like to bring a couple things for my nights out. A 7-day pill box makes it easy to bring a couple earrings, rings and small necklaces or bracelets without it getting all tangled. And it makes you limit what you bring.
Foldable hat.. need I say more?
My face is sensitive to the sun so I always wear a hat. A cap is easy to pack but not always a cute option. Beach hats are cute but hard to pack. I found this foldable beach hat (aka it rolls up) from Target and it's so convenient! #winning
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