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How To Pack Light 101

June 19, 2019 No Comments

How To Pack Light 101

June 19, 2019 No Comments

How many times have you gone on a trip and realised you don’t need half of what you put in your suitcase? Packing light is a skill, one that we all need to learn. It saves a lot of hassle when you’re travelling to different destinations and have to lug around big bags. It also saves you a lot of time when you’re packing or unpacking. Today, we’ll be looking at the different techniques on how to pack light so you can make the most out of your vacation.

Make use of packing cubes

Packing cubes are one of the best-kept secrets of the travelling world. They help keep our luggage organised while saving space. If you want to save even more on space, you should invest in compression cubes, like this set from Amazon. They’re airtight lightweight bags that really help in keeping your stuff compact. Make sure to roll your clothes before putting them inside the cube containers to maximise your space even more.

Find lightweight items

Whenever you’re packing, be mindful of bringing lightweight and compressible items. A good microfibre towel, for example, is one of the best investments you can make. Aside from being easy to pack, they also dry impeccably fast so you never have to deal with the inconvenience of packing a wet towel. Bringing a lightweight scarf is also advisable since it can double as a beach blanket or a cover-up.

Pack flexible clothes

Lessen the number of clothes you bring by finding multi-purpose pieces of clothing – clothes that can be used for the most casual to the most formal of occasions. Finding a flexible pair of trousers is a good way to do this since you can dress up or down depending on your top. Woman Within’s 7-day knit trousers are a perfect example of versatile bottoms that can be styled both for a night out and for a relaxing stroll around your holiday destination. That way, there’s no need to bring separate clothes for different occasions. Another tip by New York Times is to pack clothes in three coordinating colours. This way, you can mix and match your clothing perfectly.

Minimise the shoes

Flip-flops are hands down the most useful and versatile footwear to take on a plane. They hardly take up space, are great for the beach, and can work as ‘house slippers’ for your hotel room. Trainers are also good for walking around. If you want something more dressy, foldable Yosi Samra ballet flats are the perfect compressible shoes. When packing, remember to place your shoes near the bottom of your suitcase because the heaviest items should be concentrated on the bottom. This makes it so much easier to carry around.

Packing electronics

Trip Savvy reminds us to leave voltage-specific devices, heavy converters and bulky chargers at home. Aside from your most necessary devices, there are two essential things to pack for electronics: a multi-country adapter and a three-way splitter plug. This way you can keep all your devices powered up wherever you are using a small contraption that can easily fit in your carry-on.

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I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

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  • AD | Gifted 💫 I am back in England and after a couple of days off to recuperate I’m excited to get back to work on Monday. I’ve had the most INCREDIBLE three weeks exploring some bucket list locations, so expect lots of USA content coming your way. Whilst I don’t have many more photos to share on Instagram, I do have A LOT of draft posts ready to finalise and publish. I can’t wait to share everything I got up to 🙌🏻🙊🇺🇸
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❤️ Disney body gifted from @primark
❤️ Skirt gifted from @primark
❤️ Disney bag gifted from @primark #disneyworld #epcot #worldshowcase #epcotmorroco #epcotdisney #epcot🌐 #primarkdisney #primarkxdisney
  • AD | Gifted 💫 If anyone knows how people get WDW photos without looking like a sweaty mess because of the humidity, let me know. Also next time I say I’m going to go to Florida in June, please remind me that 36 degrees heat is not the ideal temperature for walking around a theme park. In an attempt to get as much done as we possibly could, we did both Epcot and Magic Kingdom on a 1-day park hopper. After 9 hours in the heat, I gave up. Whilst I got to see the parade and go on my favourite rides, I am gutted I didn’t make it until the end of the day for Happily Ever After. At least we left right before the storm hit, right? Now I can see why people need two weeks at the parks, air con and storm breaks are necessary 😂😂
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❤️ Bodysuit is gifted from @primark
❤️ Skirt is bought from eBay ❤️ Mickey bag is gifted from @primark
❤️ Ears from Disneyland Paris #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #wdwflorida #wdw #magickingdom
  • AD | Discounted 💫 Although I spent most of my time on my Trek America trip with my hair in braids and absolutely no makeup on, there were a few opportunities to get dressed up for a night out (even if it was difficult to get ready in a tent and camp toilets). I thought I would absolutely hate not doing my hair and makeup, but I’ve actually enjoyed the break! My face is 100% thanking me for the lack of makeup I’m using, but I definitely miss being able to straighten my hair as I’m not a fan of my natural fizz. Also flip flop we’re not my original choice for this outfit, but after being stung by a wasp it was all that would fit on my foot 😂🙊🐝
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❤️ My @trekamerica trip was Discounted in return for content
❤️ Dress gifted from @fashionworlduk #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment #visitusa #fashionworlduk
  • AD | Discounted 💫 After 14 incredible days, I said goodbye to the rest of my Trek group a few hours ago. They were heading to Miami to end their tour but me and my brother decided to stay in Orlando to explore some of the parks. With just 5 days left in the States, I can honestly say I’m going to be sad to leave. From the quirky streets of NOLA to the live country music in Nashville, my Trek America trip has been one of my best travel experience to date. Can I book the next one now please? 🇺🇸
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❤️ My @trekamerica trip was Discounted in return for content #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment #visitusa #travelusa
  • AD | Discounted 💚 🎶 You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey, you’re as sweet as strawberry wine 🎶 Even though Jack Daniels gives me horrible flashbacks to pre-drinks at Uni, I loved seeing the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I had no idea that every single bottle of Jack is made at the distillery, as I thought it was so commercial it would be mass produced in the countries that stock it. Still didn’t find out why it’s called No7, though. 🥃🤷🏼‍♀️
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❤️ My trip with @trekamerica was Discounted in return for content
💚 My dress is from @forever21 #itrekhere #trekmoment #trekamerica #jackdaniels #jackdanielsdistillery #tennessee #tennesseewhiskey
  • AD | Discounted 💫 The Instagram theme has gone well and truly out of the window because all I want to do is share my favourite photos from my trip, and that’s exactly what this view of Broadway in Nashville is. On our second night in Nashville we celebrated my brother’s 21st birthday in the city. After a couple of drinks and a lot of dancing, we went up to the roof of Kid Rocks Honky Tonk for a view of Broadway from above. Hands down one of my favourite moments from the whole trip so far. ❤️🙌🏻🇺🇸
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❤️ My @trekamerica trip was discounted in return for content #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment
  • AD | Discounted 💚 After a walking tour of New Orlean’s French Quarter I definitely needed the chilled out morning I have had. We tried some of Bourbon Street’s most famous cocktails including a hurricane, purple voodoo and a hand grenade. As some of the strongest drinks I’ve ever had, I was gone after the first two 😂👏🏻
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Now, time to explore the rest of the city before a voodoo tour tonight 🔮
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❤️ My tour was discounted by Trek America in return for content
❤️ Dress and bumbag were gifted from @boohoo #trekamerica #itrekhere #trekmoment #boohoo #boohooplussize
  • AD | Discounted 💫 After a busy few days we are heading out of Nashville, as much as I’d love to stay. Although I was excited to visit Tennessee, I wasn’t expecting to love Nashville as much as I did. From the line dancing and live country music in every bar to the great food and beer, it’s definitely made it into the list of best places I have ever visited. 100% coming back 🇺🇸
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❤️ Dress is bought from @boohoo who I have worked with in the past
❤️ My @trekamerica trip was discounted in return for content. Head over to their Instagram stories to see more of what we’re getting up to. #trekmoment #itrekhere #trekamerica #nashville #nashvilletennessee
  • AD | Discounted 💫 I’ve been VERY quiet the last few days but I promise I’m alive! I’ve been busy eating cheesesteaks in Philly, cycling around the monuments in Washington and breathing in the mountain air in Shenandoah. Although I’ve been taking photos, I haven’t had a chance to update Instagram until now. It’s been the best few days exploring and we still have so many amazing places to come. Best. Trip. Ever. 🇺🇸💙
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❤️ My Trek America Trip was given to me at a discounted price in return for content #trekamerica #trekmoments #itrekhere #shenandoah #shenandoahnationalpark

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These next set of Plus Size Travel problems are ones I know we have all related to at one time or another, right? Hopefully by showing images like this we can help change the conversation and show that yes, plus size people do travel too. Whilst we may experience situations like this when we're travelling, it is not a one size fits all industry as we LOVE to explore too ❤✈
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Although I talk a lot about the problems plus size people face when they travel, I wanted to go that one step further and show it in a way that would make EVERYONE want to listen. With such a long list of images I wanted to create, a couple of months ago I hired an incredible designer (@creatiffy_) to help create them for me. She has done an INCREDIBLE job, as I feel they really get across how we may feel when we're travelling  even if we don't say it outloud. Whether it's being worried you won't fit on a ride or awkwardly laughing off that a tray table doesn't fit, deep down we're thinking something completely different to what we may be saying or doing.
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