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Let’s face it. Other than unpacking + washing after the trip, packing can also be quite a nightmare, even though the excitement of going on a vacation often overwrites that stress. Worst thing – I always forget at least one thing! Therefore, for any trip that lasts more than a week, I need to start packing one week ahead (obviously not an efficient packer but why am I writing this haha). 😛
Over the years, I’ve learnt some pretty useful packing hacks – how to best organise my luggage, how to avoid excess baggage fees, and a few easy tricks to help me remember the little items I’m most likely to forget. These are my ten favourite packing hacks on how to pack lighter, smarter and faster. Check them out! ➡
1/ Keep a packing checklist
I always keep a packing checklist in my computer for items of my absolute essentials to pack for every trip (chargers, facial cleanser, daily sunscreen, medicine, maps, etc.). It makes last-minute packing a LOT less stressful because there’s always a checklist for reference. Most importantly, it helps me remember the essentials that I might forget. If you don’t have a checklist, consider making one now!
2/ Pre-pack your toiletries
I usually don’t use hotel toiletries because I’m a fussy person (unless they’re luxury brands haha). Therefore, packing toiletries can be such a nightmare for me. Finding a bunch of small bottles at the very last minute is unlikely to be successful too. Instead, I always keep a separate bag of toiletries pre-packed and ready to drop-in my luggage – basically, duplicates of everything I use for my daily routine.
This includes things like: toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste, floss, travel-sized face wash, make-up remover, toner, moisturizer, sunblock, hair conditioner, a tweezer, and basic make-up supplies. I even throw in a few face masks because you’ll never know when you need one. Besides the time-savings, it also prevents me from forgetting things! 😉
3/ Buy cosmetics samples
As I’ve mentioned above, finding small bottles can be difficult. Hence, the easiest way is to buy cosmetics samples. I often stock up my Korean skincare and make-up products from RoseRoseShop (I’m not affiliated with them), and they sell all sorts of cosmetics samples at amazing prices. Hence, I find it easier to use these samples than re-packing them into travel-sized containers.