Wednesday, 14 June 2017

TIGER HOLOGRAM + HOLIDAY PACKING TIPS

My least favourite thing about going on holidays is definitely the packing part. I've always been guilty of overpacking but I'm slowly but surely getting savvier at saving space and minimising my travel wardrobe. Here are some packing tips that have really helped me out:

ROLL YOUR CLOTHES INSTEAD OF FOLDING THEM
Like spring rolls, said my Korean friend whom I learnt this technique from. You can then place each roll side my side in your suitcase and you'd be surprised by how much more you can actually fit in!

 MIX AND MATCH SEPARATES
You all know how much I love dresses but I've found packing tops and bottoms to be much more efficient. You can rework pieces with others and come up with more looks using less items.

PLAN EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR EACH DAY
I always lay out whole outfits on my bed or even try them on and then write up for each day I'm going away, listing each piece of clothing, shoes and accessories that go into that look so I don't forget any key items as well as making sure I pack exactly what I need and not more.

RESEARCH THE WEATHER BEFOREHAND
A bit of a no brainer really but you definitely don't want to be packing bulky coats that you won't end up wearing because it's too warm or ruin your favourite pair of flats in the rain.

TRAVEL-SIZE EVERYTHING
If you're anything like me and have less than lenient beauty regime (hotel shampoo isn't going to keep my hair colour from fading), pour products into small bottles, squeezey tubes or spray bottles so you don't have to bring the whole thing. I find a lot of the weight in my luggage comes from the likes of liquids.

LIMIT FOOTWEAR
Aside from heaviness, I find that shoes are the bulkiest and take up the most space. I try to only bring three pairs, even on longer holidays: 1 pair of trainers, 1 pair of boots, and 1 prettier pair (flats or heels). Make sure they're not too 'statement-y' so they'll be able to go with everything.
 

Swet Shop Boys t-shirt / American Apparel skirt (similar) / ASOS earrings / Gucci trainers

So yeah, I'm quite pleased with the packing outcome of my Japan trip, I think I managed to pull some interesting looks whilst still keeping my luggage under the weight limit (say whaaaat). This is what I wore on my second day there. I've always been a fan of a good ol' t-shirt and maxi skirt combo and I hadn't busted out this particular pleated number in absolute ages (probably the last time I wore it was in this blog post two years ago whoa). Can say I'll be keeping this skirt as a memento of the now non-existent American Apparel. I'm normally not the biggest fan of orange (I guess I was two years ago though), but I just decided to go all out and play up this colour. When in Tokyo? I even wore matching orange lipstick. Mum was impressed.

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