This week I saw my colleague walk into the office with a standing fan from her house…
Not a Bluetooth or USB desk fan, I mean the standing old school ones that you find at my gran’s house blowing the life out of those lace off-gold curtains (Yes, off-gold is colour for me).
She stopped-by the office on her way to a 3-day conference in Bela Bela and thought taking a fan along was a good idea – just in case it gets too hot. Now I’m known to over-pack for trips but I can guarantee you that I have never taken along a 1 meter high fan with me just in case! There are just something you learn to take along when you travel solo.
To read more about why I prefer to travel solo click here
I will admit, for a girl with a small car – I carry a large load. (Why does that sound like a pun? No pun intended whatever you’re thinking). I’m not complaining though, in fact most people that travel with me appreciate my packing (after they are done complaining) because mosquitoes? I got something for that. Dehydration? I got litres for that. Snow? I got this. Airplane ears? I’ll be your foam ear plugs hook up. People who pack like me are always prepared for anything.
Here’s the trick:
1. Hand luggage is as important as the suitcase
You would think that going on a trip you should pack for what you will need at your destination but nope. It all starts from the second you leave your house! Everything that you will need on the journey to the destination is put into your hand luggage. Depending on how long your trip is, this might include a toothbrush and other toiletries that you will use the morning before you go and on your stop over. If you are going international, opt for an airline like Qatar Airways because they are known to spoil you with some of these stop-over necessities along the way.
Quick check list for your hand luggage (a.k.a the things you’ll probably forget):
- Foam ear plugs
- A magazine / book / some type of mental stimulation
- A travel pillow
- Socks and a scarf
- Medication (Allergy pills, malaria tablets and painkillers etc.)
- A wallet (with contact details inside)
- 2 ply toilet paper (hey I’ve seen things okay)
- Passport / ID / Drivers license
- Venavine Intensive cream
- Some kind of storage device
2. Venavine is essential
I swear by this stuff especially when I am driving or flying long distance. It is formulated to provide relief for tired, painful and swollen legs. The Venavine Intensive Cream gives your legs a cooling sensation – hence just a few minutes after massaging it on it feels as though you are strolling in the clouds. It can help to keep your legs from swelling or aching when you’re not moving around much for a long time. It helps with blood circulation in your legs too. Our legs would usually get this from walking or running etc. but since you’re movement is limited when you’re still in transit – there is Venavine. I just don’t travel without it.
3. Consider a day in your life
When you finally get to sorting out outfits, I have found this works like a charm:
Stand in front of your mirror and say:
This is how you get through a day in the life of me…
Yes its quite dramatic but going on holiday is dramatic so allow me. Then its simple, consider everything that happens in your day and what you would wear to each occassion. That’s what goes into your bag.
Ever heard of a breakfast outfit? Nope? neither have I – I was just asking. Most hotels and restaurants just tell you to dress appropriately for dinner. I.e please don’t arrive in a bikini! So remember to pack in some dinner outfits to avoid being that person. Also make another breakfast outfit for every dinner outfit you pack. You can’t wear the same outfit again else you look like you you skimped on taking a shower! People won’t tell you – they will just think it. Don’t be that person.
Don’t forget your cozzy, make up, heels (in case you hit the town to somewhere fancy) and flats. To my natural sisters: I would usually braid my hair for a holiday but if youre brave enough to take a trip with your natural hair then don’t forget your essential oils, detangler, pre-poo, conditioner and that linen head scarf. Hello holiday… goodbye shrinkage!
*Tip: Check out the Sweet Rush Closet for more tips on looking after your natural hair
4. Cardigan vs jumper vs hoodie
Welcome to life – rainy days are inevitable. I’ve noticed that my fair skin friends don’t freak out about rain. If anything they just keep going but the rain isn’t a big fan of us sun-kissed folks. We’ve been raised to believe that the rain equals cold! If it is raining – wear a jersey! (yes muumy your words still ring in my ear everytime it starts raining). She was right in some ways I guess, you don’t want to be unprepared for a bit of wet or cold weather. Do your research first before you go – if its Summer at your destination, a cardigan will probably suffice but if you’re off to the likes of Europe where the summer is questionable – just pack a proper jersey and hoodie to be on the safe side.
Sexy 0 – Prepared 1.
Now that the outfits are packed and just-in-case weather is accounted for, make sure that you have all your required documentation. These include:
- Passport (refer back to point 1)
- Valid driver’s license
- All tickets and boarding passes
- Medical aid cards and certificates
- Proof of payments (accommodation and pre-booked activities especially)
- Vehicle, trailer and caravan documents (particularly if you are driving cross border)
- Signed, stamped and valid affidavits for any outstanding documentation
The rules are simple – drop the baggage! That goes for all baggage in life… and well if you still end up overpacking, a dashing smile on foriegn land can assist with that.
Disclaimer: Dont get jacked on my advice…
Thank me later.