10 Travel Packing Hacks Anyone Can Use

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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.

Hong Kong Disneyland – Recommendations & Travel Tips

After reading my two long posts on Hong Kong Disneyland (Part 1 and Part 2), I bet you need a summarized version that highlights all the must-see, must-do, must-try and must-eat. So, here goes my Top Six Recommendations in Hong Kong Disneyland, along with some useful travel tips.

Top Six Recommendations in HK Disneyland

1. Must-Eat: Magical Afternoon High Tea Set at Main Street Corner Cafe

I stumbled upon this Victorian-styled restaurant in the Main Street USA that serves the most beautiful high-teas that I’ve ever had.

The cakes, pastries and fruits are tastefully decorated, mostly in Mickey Mouse shapes, on a nice tea set stand. The moment I looked at it, I was like “WOW, I think I’m in love!” They are oh-so delicious too!

This high-tea set is available from 3pm to 5:30pm, at HK$298 and it’s good for twin-sharing.

High Tea Set

Corner Cafe

2. Must-See: Flights of Fantasy Parade

Don’t miss this interactive sky-high celebration that starts at 3:30pm. It begins in Fantasyland, near the entrance of Storybook Theatre. Do arrive early to get the best seats with unblocked view.


3. Must-Try: River Jungle Cruise

Among all the rides in Disneyland, I think River Jungle Cruise is the most family-friendly ride that you must try. This big boat adventure has no height limit, so you can bring your entire family to come face-to-face with the hippos, elephants, cobras, orang utans, etc. The funny boat captain will make you laugh with her jokes during your ride. I’ve posted a short video of the cruise in Part 2.

River Jungle Cruise

4. Best Breakfast: Enchanted Garden Restaurant

Where else? It has to be the Enchanted Garden Restaurant in Disneyland Hotel! Sumptuous breakfast with Disney characters meet-and-greet, as well as fun photography sessions. Our boy wanted to take pictures with every Disney characters that he met, so I’m busy taking pictures than eating actually.

Enchanted Garden

5. Best Lunch: Crystal Lotus Restaurant

A visit to Hong Kong Disneyland will not be complete, unless you try-out the cutest Disney-themed dim sum at Crystal Lotus Restaurant in the Disneyland Hotel.

Crystal Lotus Lunch

6. Recommended Dinner: Walt’s Cafe

After a long and exciting day at Disneyland, perhaps a little tiring too, nothing beats having a quiet and romantic dinner at Walt’s Cafe. This cafe is located in Disneyland Hotel, and it serves fine dining menu with Western and Asian choices.

Our set dinner for the day: Cobb Salad with Caesar Dressing; Cream of Potatoes and Leek; Grilled Sirloin Steak with Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes; Pan-seared Salmon Fillet with Tomato Salsa, Fresh Vegetables and Boiled Potato; and White Chocolate Cheese Cake.

Walt's Cafe

Useful Travel Tips

1. Do some advanced planning

I would advise you to do some advanced scouting prior to your trip to HK Disneyland. Here are some useful links, with up-to-date information on the recommended rides, new attractions, show times, park hours, dining options and hotel room rates.

On the day of your visit, don’t forget to pick up your Disneyland Guidemap and Times Guide near the entrance! There are two important timings that you should take note:

  • Flights of Fantasy Parade: 3:30pm daily
  • “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks: 7:30pm from Mon to Sat, 9:00pm on Sun.

Guidemap and Times Guide

2. Rent a stroller, if you need it

When your kid is whiny, sleepy or tired of walking, go straight to the Disneyland Fire Department on Town Square to rent a stroller at a minimal charge. These strollers are in good condition, reasonably clean with padded seat and water-proof cover.

If you’re bringing your own stroller, please pack along a battery-powered fan, a storage portion to hold snacks and drinks, stroller hooks to lug your stuffs on the stroller, as well as an overhead canopy – especially when you’re travelling during summer! I’m a huge fan of stroller; seriously I don’t want to break my back carrying my 18kg boy along with my backpack.

3. Have your shopping items delivered

Shopping in HK Disneyland is fun; there is a mind-boggling array of merchandises that will surely delight you – canned biscuits, clothings, soft toys, watches, bags, hair accessories, key chains, magnets, photo frames and many more.

To minimize the inconvenience of carrying your shopping items around the park, you can request for free delivery to your hotel lobby (if you’re staying in the Hollywood or Disneyland Hotel). Just check with the cashier staffs when you’re making payment, and they’ll be delighted to offer the service to you.

Toy Story Gun
Little Edison’s Buzz Lightyear Toy Gun

4. Get your FASTPASS

For the convenience of all visitors, HK Disneyland has installed FASTPASS Card at 3 major attractions – “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” at Fantasyland, “Space Mountain” and “Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters” at Tomorrowland.

To get your FASTPASS, simply insert your Park admission ticket into a FASTPASS Distribution Machine at the designated attractions – and out comes your FASTPASS! It’s free after all. You’ll find detailed instructions and your time of entrance on the Card. Now, you can visit other attractions first and return to the attraction on your Card at the instructed time. It really saves you the trouble of queuing.

Click HERE for more information on Disneyland’s FASTPASS.

5. Book your meals in advance

From my experience, I understand that some of the popular restaurants like Enchanted Garden and Crystal Lotus can be fully-booked on weekends and peak seasons. Thus, I would advise you to make your reservations in advance prior to your trip to avoid disappointment.

Hopefully, my recommendations and guide would be useful if you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland soon. I shall end this post with two more pictures of the beautiful Hong Kong Disneyland.

Disneyland - Day
The Beautiful HK Disneyland during the day

Disneyland - Night
The stunning Sleeping Beauty Castle at night

To read all my posts on Hong Kong Disneyland (2012), please go to: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | ALL

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