Saturday, 19 July 2014

Holiday Packing

It's that time of year again, the sun is shining, ice cream is melting, and people are jetting off around the globe on holiday. By the time you read this I, myself will be trekking across Eastern Europe, visiting the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Keszthely with friends. I must confess I am pretty nervous, suffereing from anxiety and not liking clubs and crowded places don't make me the ideal travelling companion. Never the less I am making this holiday a challenge, proving to myself and my family that I can be away from home for a few weeks and deal with crowds and unfamiliar situations. However, the first thing I need to prove is that I can pack!!

Going Interailling and trying to make the holiday as cheap as possible, me and my friends are only taking hand luggage (in the form of a 33-35 litre rucksack), which means minimal packing. In order to adhere to this minimal amount (I am notorious for over packing) I broke my items into different sub categories. 

First came "The Essentails". Boring, not very fashionable or pretty, but extremely useful. Items such as a money belt can make all the difference when travelling around unkown places and staying in youth hostel at night. It is a practical and safe way to keep your money, passport and phone in when out travelling. Things such as travel towels and Macs help you keep space and weight down when adhering to that all important weight limit.

In terms of clothes, I went for simple pieces that would be interchangable with various items in order to maximise on outfit potential but still save space. A bold blue skirt or a simple black slip can be dressed down during the day with a plain t-shirt or dressed up at night with a statement necklace and a slick of eyeliner. 

"The Books". When spending hour after hour on trains and planes, or looking for cheap and easy ways to pass the time a book, a set of cards, or watercolours can prove the perfect answer. It can also provide you with that all important me time, which is vital when travelling with the same group of people 24/7.

Only having hand luggage means that sacrifices have to be made when it comes to "The Beauty Essentials". A pack of cleansing wipes, eyeliner, concealer and mascara is all you really need when travelling. Essentails such sunglasses and a tootbrush are much more important than an extra eyeshadow or an eyebrow pencil. 

And don't forget, once you have arrived to stock up on suncream, washing powder, shampoo and a much needed shaver, there's travelling light and then there is just plain dirty....


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