How do you compress your life to fit it in a suitcase?
Every time I plan for a trip -- a weekender, a week-long etc -- packing is always an integral part. Trying to weed out what you need versus what you want to bring is something you have to think about -- especially with all the airplane weight restrictions. Buying cheap tickets most of the time means there isn't a lot of weight you can lug around to and from your destination.
So allow me to walk you through my mind process -- How do I go about packing for a trip?
The 50% Rule:
I don't like bringing a lot things to my destination because I try to allot space for "pasalubong" (or the Filipino custom of bringing home souvenirs for family and friends also known as travel tax). So I follow the 50% rule -- my clothes, shoes and toiletries should as much as possible occupy only fifty percent of my allowable weight. Being a girl that is no easy task I tell you! So it's all about being creative-- bringing things that have dual or triple purpose. Such as shoes that are both dressy and comfortable. Charger cable that can juice up my phone, tablet and camera at the same time. Leggings -- with the right top can be good for casual or dressy scenarios.
I'm making a list, I'm checking it twice --- thrice even four times!
Before going on a trip one of the first things I do is make a packing list. And this involves asking the question -- What will I be doing?
So checking my itinerary, my outfits usually coincide with the schedule --like if we're doing a lot of site seeing this means bringing jeans and rubber shoes. If there's a formal affair this means packing a gown, make up, jewelry and hair paraphernalia. If it's a business conference this means a lot of blazers, blouses, skirts and heels. Luckily most of my trips fall into the casual category so i end up bringing easily foldable clothes, flats that aren't bulky to pack and the basic toiletries.
I become resourceful and creative if packing for a formal affair such as a JCI National Convention because I have to bring 2 gowns, make up, jewelry, hair curler or dryer, hair pins, heels and an evening bag. Those are all bulky and finicky items to pack so it's important to put the less important/more durable items such as the hair dryer and heels at the bottom and the more delicate such as make-up and gown on top of the luggage.
Hope this infographic helps you finalize your list:
What is important to you?
Packing is always about bringing the essentials. I hate being that lady that has 3 luggages to cart around the airport but only end up using 20% of the contents. For international flights I try to narrow down my expectations/experience to 3 words like "I want my trip to be comfortable, memorable and cheap" so I pack accordingly. Example:
In the end my take-away is don't let your luggage control your trip. Always remember you're visiting a place to experience the local culture, food and heritage. When you get home you won't remember what you wore or what brand of toothpaste you used. The memories of experiencing the sunset by the boulevard, eating good local fruits or buying that special trinket are what you will take home. The dirty laundry, muddy shoes and spilled shampoo will mean nothing.
So book that ticket, make your packing list and enjoy the ride!
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