Packing Chronicles - A List and Hacks Guaranteed To Make Packing Less Painful

I don’t know why but packing for trips takes me ridiculously long. Okay that’s not true, I know exactly why. It's because while I pack, I like to listen to music, try on my outfits and dance in each of them. It ends up taking me hours and I’m usually exhausted by the time I’m done.

 
  My default setting: Ready to bust a move  Abuja, Nigeria. Oct 2017

My default setting: Ready to bust a move
Abuja, Nigeria. Oct 2017

 

If you have the same “problem”, I don’t know how to help you, apart from tell you to spend more time packing and less time dancing. What I can do for you though, is walk you through a packing list I’ve come up with and some hacks I've discovered that make the packing experience somewhat smoother. You’re welcome.

Essentials

1. IDentification

- Passport (and visa if applicable) if you're flying outside the country.
- Additional ID such as Driver’s License so you don’t have to carry your passport everywhere while you're on your trip.

2. Clothes

Consider the weather at your destination and the activities you’ll be involved in. Do you need to pack something nice for a fancy dinner? Comfortable clothes to go hiking in? Lingerie for sexy time? Bathing suit for water sports? Always pack a cardigan regardless of weather forecast just incase. It gets cold on planes and trains.

3. Nightwear

Yes, I realize this is an item of clothing and therefore falls in the previous category, I've just separated it because it's easy to forget.

4.Underwear

But if you like to walk around without pant, that’s also okay. This is a judgement free zone. Take the clothes you’ve packed into consideration when packing underwear. For instance would you need a strapless bra or seamless panties for a particular outfit? For longer trips where you have to wash and rewear, avoid cotton underwear as it takes much longer to dry than other lightweight and breathable fabrics. 

5. Make Up (AND wIPES)

Cuz you can’t go all the way to “overseas” to look like an oohgaddem. Kidding! You’re beautiful, just the way you are. Don’t forget your wipes.

6. Shoes and socks

Self explanatory, I think. Don't forget your flip flops especially if you're staying in an Airbnb or hostel.

FL Hack: Rolling clothes instead of folding them is a great way to maximize space efficiency in your suitcase or bag.
 

This video shows how to roll your clothes into compact bundles that allow you to conserve space and prevent wrinkles. I don't bother with the elastics. 

 

Toiletries

7. Perfume
 

8. Deodorant
 

9. Sponge
 

10. Toothbrush & Toothpaste
 

11. Facial wash and moisturizer 

I'll be honest, these two are new additions to my weekend packing list. I used to use hotel shower gel but I've decided to start acting like a grown woman since I'm almost 30 now.

12. Body Lotion

You can skip this, but I don't as I find that hotel lotion is hardly ever moisturizing enough and babes can’t be walking around looking all ashy you dig? I use mini sized vaseline/coconut oil. 

13. Shower Gel

Feel free to skip this if you're staying at a hotel.

Remember these all have to be 100ml or less when you're not checking in luggage. Also bear in mind some airports have a 1000ml liquid limit for hand luggage. I know, it's not like you can drown a plane with 1001ml, but rules are rules okay?! 

FL Hack: Pack your toiletries in a see through bag/pouch like the one above. I usually have mine in my handbag so I don’t have to spend time opening my suitcase and transferring my liquids into a clear bag when I’m going through security. In the absence of a pouch like this one, a ziploc bag works just fine.
Oh, I also don't unpack this pouch.  One less thing to do when it's time to pack for a trip!
 
 This contains everything on my list (all 100ml or less!) except for my sponge and toothbrush which I pack in a separate ziploc bag. Very soon I'll start flying non commercial flights and all of this won't be an issue. Amen? Amen!

This contains everything on my list (all 100ml or less!) except for my sponge and toothbrush which I pack in a separate ziploc bag. Very soon I'll start flying non commercial flights and all of this won't be an issue. Amen? Amen!

 
FL Hack: If you’re travelling with friends (who have similar tastes), consider splitting toiletries between all of you. One person can bring the toothpaste, another the body wash, etc

Electronics

14. Cell phone and charger
 

15. Adaptor

There are 15 different electrical plug outlets in the world. Here is a list of plug types by country. Check the plug type for your destination, and then take a look at this link to see what it looks like.

16. Power Bank

I use the Juice Pack Air battery case by Mophie, which doubles up as a phone case.  Kinda pricey, but I'll suck it up for the convenience of not having to carry around a power bank and extra charger.

17. Speakers

Because what better time to get hype than when you're on vacation? I use the Ultimate Ears Boom 2. Loud enough to get told off by neighbours and waterproof!

18. Laptop
 

19. Junction Box

Useful when you have multiple electronics and only one adaptor. Life saver when you’re travelling as a group and there are limited power outlets.

 
  The UE Boom 2 - my fave! The colour makes me really happy.

The UE Boom 2 - my fave! The colour makes me really happy.

 

Extras

20. Accessories

  • Jewellery
  • Sunglasses
  • Purse(s): For shorter trips, take one purse that will transition well from day to night wear.
  • Camera and gear (memory card, cables, tripods, etc) for your "pepper dem" photos

21. Wellness

  • Medicine (allergy pills, pain killers, multivitamins, etc)
  • Sanitary towels/tampons
  • Glasses and contacts
  • Sunscreen
 
 Bratislava, March 2018.

Bratislava, March 2018.

 

And there we have it. (Only) 21 items later, you're packed and ready for your getaway! What are your travel must-haves? Anything  missing from this list? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading.

Fun and Sun,

Femi

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