5 Packing Tips from a Frequent Flyer

By  December 21, 2012

AROUND THE HOLIDAY SEASON, everyone has travel on the brain. Right now, as I’m writing this, I am in the process of packing for a trip. As a frequent flyer, I’m used to having a suitcase that’s practically ready to go whenever I need to, but not everyone’s out there collecting the airplane miles. When you don’t travel often, the process can be stressful. We are here to help you get prepared for the holiday travel season! Read on for helpful tips to get your suitcase all the way together.

It’s all about the packing list
Before I begin packing, it makes me feel more confident, reassured and ready to have a detailed packing list with which to work from. I’m a bit of a list nerd who loves writing things down only to cross them out, and having a standard packing list for each trip has been a lifesaver. For each trip, I work with my existing packing list and I also use a day to day outfit itinerary to make sure my look is put together every day of my trip! Of course your list can be flexible and you can totally wear Friday night’s outfit on Sunday morning if you want to – but working from a list makes it one less thing to worry about.

PS: my personal list is included in this post, as a PDF file you can use yourself!

Roll, don’t fold
This is one of those classic travel tips you’ve probably read in many magazine articles in the past, and with good reason. It actually works! If you need to truly maximize space in your suitcase, rolling up your clothing items instead of folding them makes for that much more room for shoes, makeup, and souvenirs. You know, the important things.

Get into makeup palettes
When it comes to bringing makeup along, think in terms of economy of space. Multi-use makeup palettes can be your best friend. I’m a fan of palettes that include a few basic eye shadow colors, especially shades that can be softly blended over the whole eye or used with a wet brush as a liner. A palette that includes bronzer and/or blush? Even better!

Minis make great souvenirs
Any big box store or supermarket worth the while should have a section devoted to travel sized cosmetics, where you can get your tiny toothpastes, body washes and lotions. But if you travel often and find yourself staying in different hotels, make sure you grab those minis before you check out! They can be a fun memento of where you’ve been, and a money and time saver later on when you’re in a hurry before your trip. Plus, it’s a neat way to discover brands you may not be as familiar with.

You probably could use a luggage scale
Yes, even after those helpful tips – you should definitely weigh your luggage before heading to the airport. I’ve found myself on the side of the check in line, desperately having to repack and rearrange my items and it is no fun. Don’t let this happen to you! If you suspect your suitcase is over 50 pounds, honestly, it probably is. And before you head to the airport is the best time to figure that out.

Happy traveling and happy holidays!

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.