Taking the stress out of packing!

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Constant travel and living out of a suitcase for over a year has taught me so much about myself and how I want to live. Minimalism is now me; being around to much stuff stresses me out and just doesn’t feel good to me. Like most Americans I had a house full of furniture, and lots of things filling every corner and covering the walls. Even when I began this journey I purchased a larger suitcase because I couldn’t fit everything I needed into the one I had. On the first plane right to Thailand I had a suitcase, a day back pack, and a larger backpack. A year and 2 months later, I am down to a bag for my computer and a medium sized suitcase. 

Down sizing has taught me that I don’t need as much as I thought. Unless you are trekking through the untouched jungles of the Amazon, you can find pretty much what ever you need throughout the world.  Packing for a trip can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Pro tip, pack what you think you will need, then unpack those items. Next cut the number of items in half. This will save you money on baggage fees and I promise you will feel better while traveling. 

The way I pack is based off of two words: comfort and layers. Comfort is key to having a good trip. Some people can walk around Rome in high heeled shoes. I am not that person, I would end up in the ER with a broken foot or ankle. My comfort level is flat shoes, leggings, and loose fitting shirts. But if you are comfortable in tight dresses and high heels more power to you! Besides comfort, wearing layers is a lifesaver! When I was in Scotland there was a beautiful wool sweater that I was dying to buy. I thought about it for a good 30 minutes and then logic kicked in. This sweater weighed about 2 lbs, and was bulky; there is no way shlepping this piece of clothing around the world made sense; I am currently in Puerto Rico where it is 80 degrees, I would be kicking myself if I had that sweater taking up room in my bag. Keeping it simple with layers will make you a happy traveler, especially on those days when you begin early in the morning and it’s still cool out but later in the day the sun is beating down on you, and you can’t take off enough clothing. 

Take the stress out of travel, pack smart, and enjoy your journey. If you are still stressed out about packing and travel, get in touch with me. I can certainly help answer questions you may have. Until then, happy travels! May we meet in the middle one day. 

Need help packing for your next adventure? Here are some thoughts and tips on how to make it easier. 





Twelve practical travel gifts that won't break the bank!

You know at least one person in your life that is full of wanderlust and they maybe the hardest people to buy for. They travel lite, hate material things, and are always on the go. Here are some gift ideas that won't break the bank and your traveler friend will love them and most likely need them. 

You know at least one person in your life that is full of wanderlust and they maybe the hardest people to buy for. They travel lite, hate material things, and are always on the go. Here are some gift ideas that won't break the bank and your traveler friend will love them and most likely need them. 

  1. External battery charger : for some reason my phone battery doesn’t last as long as when I am home. It could be because of all the picture taking or GPS usage. An external charger can save you from stranded without a phone.
  2. Day pack/backpack: This seems like a no brainer but having a backpack that will hold your computer, water bottle, and other electronics is necessary. Carrying a purse can be back breaking and honestly, annoying. 
  3. Water bottle: Essential. While traveling, finding accessible water can be difficult. If you already have a water bottle, fill it up where you are staying, and try to keep it filled throughout the day. Drinking from any fountain in Rome is amazing, they have the best water. Dehydration can happen quickly if you are not careful. 
  4. Camping towel: Sometimes you may find yourself under a waterfall, fully clothed, in the middle of a jungle. Or in a hostel where they don’t provide towels. A small camping town is great to have on hand, just in case. 
  5. Slippers: This is just a good idea all around. Your traveler may be going to a place where shoes are not allowed inside or they could be headed to Iceland in December. Either way a good pair of house slippers is nice to have to lounge around in. Make sure they are bendable. 
  6. Homemade health kit: THIS! Ok wanna make something for your traveler? This is the best. What you will need: plastic bag or a see through zip pouch, band-aids, antiseptic, pain reliever, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, tweezers, nail clippers, hand sanitizer, condoms, antihistamine, pepto-bismol tablets.
  7. Socks: I don’t mean a pack of 12 socks from discount store. I mean a good pair of wool socks that will protect feet from the elements, blisters, and water. These socks will cost at least $15 not $10 for 12 pair. 
  8. Hat: The type of hat depends on the type of hat your traveler likes. They will need something to protect their face and head from the sun. I, myself, love a ball cap and wear one from my local brewery where ever I go. 
  9. Scarf: A lightweight scarf is great for those chilly nights or hot days. In many holy places scarves are needed to cover up a travelers shoulders, especially when it’s a hot summer day and they are dressed in a tank top. 
  10. Packing cubes/plastic storage bags: Packing cubes are the when organizing personal items like make-up, healthcare products, pens, and under garments. Plastic storage bags where the air can be released to make the space smaller for your clothes is a storage life saver. 
  11. Notebook and pen: A small notebook for keepsakes, ideas, or trip planning is great. Having a pen on hand helps when flying into another country and filling out those custom forms. 
  12. Sunglasses: These don’t need to be expensive because your traveler will most likely leave them on a train, plane, or in a taxi. Having a pair is necessary, especially in Thailand and Cambodia.