I always feel like I will forget something, and I have a hard time picking what to bring.
I know travel light is the key but it's just so hard for me.
I always feel like I will need just about everything in my closet when I really don't and mum and Pecan have a hard time watching me pack.
"Why? Why are bringing that? Why are you bringing 7 pairs of pants? Why?"
I always tell them I'm just trying to be prepared...which I usually end up being over-prepared.
But there is some good tips that I pick up from my mum and some from experience along the way, and of course some just from the internet that really help my packing and later, unpacking easier.
Like you know how you should put your liquid into some kind of leak-proof bag, that's common sense now for a traveller like me. The tip is to double pack it, especially if you are going somewhere by plane.
Somehow, something always leaks. It doesn't matter what the manufacturer says, leak proof, never leaks, whatever, doesn't matter what kind of bottle it is, it just does. I learn this the hard way, but I had to went through this multiple times to finally learned my lesson. That is whenever I get to my destination, I'm tired and just want to go to sleep but when I have to clean my face I find myself a bag of wet, sticky mess. Then I will have a hard time cleaning my pouch cause like all girls I like to put my stuff in something cute and not disposable and troubling. It's just a mess, on top of being tired.
So nowadays, I always put my stuff in a disposable plastic bag before I put them into my pouch. Just in case it leaks, I can just throw the plastic bag away and rinse my bottle and I'm good to go.
That being said, you will always need to pack some extra disposable plastic bags, who knows when you are gonna need them. They are super useful for dirty clothes, or just as garbage bags when you go to the beach, etc.
I tend to fold them into triangle like that and stuff them in the outer pocket of my luggage. Easy storage!
My mum always nag me when I pack, I did learn something through the nagging though. Now, and I said now cause I don't used to do it since it's pretty troubling, but I find it time saving when I have to unpack or find something at my destination. The trick is to pack small pieces of stuff into different pouches, as much pouches as you need. Like my mini hair products into a pouch, socks into another pouch, etc.
To be able to do this, I collect pouches like nobody's business. Whenever I get like a sample pack or a gift pack, I might give away the stuff inside, but I always keep the pouch. I like these cause they are not made to last, but they do last a good while as long as you're not too mean to them.
They never last long enough till I have to clean them, but they last for a nice couple of trips, probably just nice like until I finish one set of my travel skincare or makeup and then I can throw them out. I do them throw them out so I need to constantly be collecting cute pouches from different places and I never get bored of them. (I tell myself that, now I actually have too much...)
These kind are to keep, but I like how it secure your stuff and have different size pockets for different things. You can pretty much get them anywhere, I usually get it from ebay.
If that's not enough troubling, I also roll up my clothes instead of folding them.
You see why I don't like packing? I make up a bunch of troubles to make sure my trip later a much more relaxing one, because I'm OCD with mess. Everything has to be even or neat or something. Or I'm gonna say bye to my trip and stay in my hotel room repacking everything as soon as I open my suitcase when I get there. I don't know why I do this, I end up going home with messy dirty clothes that needs to be washed anyway