Therefore some travel tips I have picked up on this summer for those who like to shop a bit when there abroad
#1 The essentials- Two large 22kg (50 pound) Bags, One carry on and a chic tote.
Put the smaller carry-on bag in a large bag and pack till its about 3/5th full.
This has three advantages:
- it keeps one from over-packing
- it eliminates the hassle of a carry on. Because you have your chic Travel tote hand-bag (Great thing about Airports.. they don't differentiate a backpack from a handbag) you can junk as many magazines as your heart desires.
- If the authorities say "Mademoiselle, your luggage is 3 kg over the limit you can show what a savvy traveller you are and pull out your carry-on and transfer some clothes (i suggest sweater because they keep their shape easily and if the airplane is cold you can stay warm or use one as a pillow).
Try the Samsonite Hommage II (I really love the tan stripe, which I think should be the official color for travellers. Comes in blue or sage green and in a variety of sizes)
#2 DO NOT BRING TOILETTRIES
Don't bother with shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, mosturizer, hairspray etc because they have all those things (even the same friends) wherever you go and you can easily buy them near the same price. Plus it's an opportunity to try those interesting european brands you have always wanted.
#3 No you do not need your hair-curler.
Ladies... I know we are romantics and think that our vacation will be as picturesque as a magazine cover, but if you are on vacation...why do you want to bother with a hair-curler or a straightner? Instead let this be a vacation for you hair as well! But if you must..check out these TRAVEL sized hairtools from Missiko and make sure to always use a spray before!
Chi Mini Flat Iron
Hot Tools Helix Cordless
(My Favorite) T3 Tourmaline Pro Mini
#4 Outfit on the plane- Leggings,Chipies, T-shirt, Cardigan, Blazer, Scarf
American Apparel is always a comfy and chic option
Pearls. Diamond earrings. That necklace that goes with everything. Statement earrings. State necklace. Your beautiful Timepiece
#6 Electronics- Camera.
This would be ideal.. and I am a hypocrite for suggesting it because.. I cannot live without my laptop, or my Itouch or my phone... but truthfully speaking its a vacation... getaway from the crazed technology world and your work for a bit. I guarantee you will feel refreshed!
I know packing is one of those unpleasant things about travelling but if you prepare and use some trips, it makes it so much easier and hassle free!