Monday, June 16, 2014

Travel Resources & Tips - Part Two

If you would like to see all my travel posts, including recaps, tips & recommendations and packing guides, please visit my travel page.

Continuing on from part uno of my travel resources & tips.

Packing

When I was younger my version of packing was to get everything I liked and put it into a suitcase, and hope it would magically make cute outfits. Now that I am a bit older and lover of blogs, I have found so many great tips and posts that I am convinced I can do Europe with a backpack, and Australia with a small suitcase (I would do a backpack, but I need room for all the food on the way back..).

Some of my favourite packing related reads are:

My tips:
  • Pack less than you think you need. I gather everything (using polyvore) that I 'need' and then I remove one of each thing; tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes. I remove things that won't make at least 3 different looking outfits. Yeah that top could be worn with jeans, shorts and a dress - but will I actually wear it that way? 
  • Know yourself. I have to think of my style and how I will actually be on vacation. I love my denim jacket but it isn't as comfy as my cardigans or faux leather jacket, and I know I won't reach for it as often. 
  • Bring all of your underwear. Ok, maybe not all of your underwear. But it's the only thing I don't skimp on. I also bring a spare pair on the plane.
  • Don't bring unnecessary stuff (well, d'uh). Going to Aus, I will use my mum's hair tools. Going to Europe, I won't bring a hair dryer, but I will probably get some sort of hot tool - that's great if you can do without, but I would prefer to not look like a rat's nest everyday...
  • Less is more with jewellery. I don't take a lot of jewellery because it gets tangled, it gets lost and it's not that important to me. Going to Aus, I will be wearing a lot of scarves so probably won't take necklaces but might take a few earrings - not my faves, because if I lost them - devastating. Going to Europe, I will most likely take a necklace or two. 
  • Minimal makeup. This one is easy for me because I'm not a makeup diva. I do like my mascara though, and travelling means pictures and I personally think I look better with a bit of makeup. If you think you are a bare faced beauty, rock it. For me, I will bring some mascara, foundation / powder, blush, bronzer & 1 eye shadow palette. Bring whatever works for you. I also love my makeup remover wipes for travel.
  • You can always buy things at your destination. Apart from the food I want to bring back from Aus, I also want to buy some clothes. I miss my Aussie stores. In London I forgot to bring a 'going out' bag, could have done without but I bought one for less than $10 USD and I love it. I have random pieces of jewellry and clothes from my travels and they are some of the best souvenirs.
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When it comes to travel, I struggle the most with packing. I just want to bring all of my favourite things, and have tons of options. But I am trying to learn from past vacations. Are you an overpacker as well? I know I'm not alone!

Blogs & Posts

We Took the Road Less Traveled - all of her posts.

Hope Engaged - she has a ton of posts and great information. especially this one.


Travel Fashion Girl - fabulous website for packing help and also tons of travel tips.





Other Stuff

I think that planning activities and things to do are dependent on what kind of person you are. I know a lot of people are all like, go with the flow and don't sweat the small stuff, and while I kind of agree, I am a planner by nature and I love love luh-ove having a loose itinerary and list of things I want to do.

If you, by chance, like to plan as much as I do  - I suggest lots and lots of reading. I love travel books, especially anything by Rick Steves, travel forums, blogs.. There is so much information out there and everyone is different - it's fantastic to see different points of views and experiences.

Tripadvisor is a great resource to find things to do and places to eat as well.

Open your mind! Try new things and new food and have a fabulous time. But stay safe. If you have common sense you should be fine. 

Lastly, I mentioned this in the tips #1 post, but I find it really helpful to keep a little notebook or journal with all your travel notes. I forget things easily, and I also just love writing things down. I write down everything from things to do, places to stay, tips on the culture etc. I can take it with me in my carry on, write notes and use it as a guidebook of sorts, rather than lugging around an actual guidebook.


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I am in no way an expert, just someone who has traveled a wee bit and wants to travel a whole lot more. I know I love reading about other peoples tips & resources, so it was fun to share it. 

Do you have any travel tips? Read any fabulous blogs that I don't have listed? Amazing experiences with your own travelling? Do share.


23 comments:

  1. All of these I agree with! I agree with thinking about what you will actually wear. I cant tell you how many times I've packed stuff that I honestly would never use .. you know because just in case. I know now how much nonsense that is!

    Id also say know how to fold/roll clothes so that more fits into one suitcase!

    Hope you're enjoying your trip :)

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  2. So true, especially packing less than you think you need. I used to ALWAYS over pack, especially for beach vacations, I'd never wear any of it haha.

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  3. All great tips for sure! I take a lot of weekend trips and even those I overpack lol. Also TripAdvisor is my favorite app for anywhere I go, even when I just in my own town. Hope you're havin a blast! ;D

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  4. Great tips! I love all the links that you included! I hope your Monday is great!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  5. I never skimp on the underoos either....you just never know...

    Great tips, lady!

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  6. Packing is sooo hard for me! Great tips girl!

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  7. I think these are great tips. I have already been thinking about our upcoming 2 1/2 week trip Germany and how to save space (so that I can bring stuff back!). Hopefully I will be as successful as you!

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  8. OMG I'm the worst packer. It always gives me so much anxiety. These are great tips though, definitely going to have to try some of these tips out!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  9. Great stuff! I love that you included all those blogs, now I have some good stuff to read during down time!

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  10. Great tips! I'm not too bad at packing, but I could definitely pack lighter most of the time! My husband on the other hand always packs twice as much as I do! It's ridiculous. Love Rick Steve's stuff too - I'm a planner as well!

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  11. Okay I might need your help next time I pack for vacation. I'm notorious for over packing and I never even use half the stuff I bring! Such a waste of space and my bag is always uber heavy, which makes backpacking especially difficult. I love Hope Engaged she has such beautiful pictures that make me long to go traveling. I hope you're having fun in Australia!!

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  12. This is such a helpful post + all the other resources! I'm with you and used to pack crazy when I was younger- literally pack multiple coats and shoes and things that I really didn't need! Now I'm usually an underpacker, which isn't the best, but it makes for easier packing most of the time!

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  13. Holy informative post, batman. :) So much to soak in. And my travel desires are starting to build! I still have major trouble not packing a million and a half things JUST IN CASE...

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  14. Good tips! I always, ALWAYS over pack and never wear most of what I pack!

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  15. I tend to be this weird combination of an over-packer and an under-packer because I'm just a lazy packer. Three days away in the summer? Three shorts, 3 tank tops, 2 pants in case it's cold, 1 maxi dress, 1 sundress, two handfuls of underwear, all my shoes, toothbrush, skin care and makeup stuff. I always manage to forget a brush and generally wear about 30% of what I bring. I should reaaaally try to be a little better about that, haha

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  16. I don't travel much but when I do I just shove everything into a suitcase. Haha! Just kidding I make sure I have plenty of outfits and shoes! ;)

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  17. After my first few trips, I definitely learned to pack less than I thought I needed. And when everything is on my back, I definitely re-wear stuff :) I usually don't bring jewelry because I don't want to be a target either. Great post! Great info, Kristen!

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  18. I am so with you girl. I bring like twice the amount of undies I think I should need.....and seem to always go through it. Also I always think if I really forget something like they do have stores where I am going! Miss you!!!!

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  19. I always back lots and lots of underwear. Basically, if they fit they are coming. I have my packing down, I can be packed for a week in about 15 minutes! Boom! Some people get so overwhelmed though, so this is a great post with lots of resources!

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  20. I definitely always pack wayyyyyy too much stuff... I like having a billion options! haha

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  21. I pack like I'm moving there. Then I end up not wearing half of it. I always bring all my good underwear, though! You never know when you're gonna need extra underwear, it's one thing I do not want to be out of.

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  22. I was hoping after reading your last post, you would talk more about packing. Thanks for all the good resources. I'm gonna need them because I have no clue how to pack enough for two weeks in Africa into ONE suitcase. Major over-packer here.

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  23. I love your tips! Although I am not a very good traveller! I take beyond too much stuff! Well... mostly clothes.. but seriously, I can't help it! And yes, I totally bring all my underwear! Lol :)

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