tips for packing light

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Sparkly tea-lights!
All you need is a wax warmer, some plain tea-lights and glitter.

1) Slid wax out of metal base, cut wax - saving the wick and base!
2) Melt color of choice (I use leftovers from other candles)
3) Pour a thin layer - add glitter.
4) Add wick!
5) Repeat pouring and glittering process until close to top. For final layer add a bunch of glitter because glitter ✨

Additionally, charge with intent if desired.
Simple tips to help you pack light

Check your destination

A good trip begins with knowing where you are going to be. What is the weather like during your stay? Are you visiting during rainy season or will it be bone dry? Does it get cold at night (like in the mountains)? Are there stores where you can buy toiletries? Does your hotel provide you with laundry? These kinds of questions will help you create your initial list of things to bring.

But remember the golden rule: take half of what you think you need out.

Choose the right bag

I’ve learned in the military that if you have a bigger ruck (AKA backpack) you will fill it with stuff. Choose the right bag for the trip. Try to keep it as small as possible. This will force you to bring only the necessary things for the trip. A small bag will also allow you to be more fluid and move faster both at the airport and at your destination.

Have a “buy it” budget ready

Things like toiletries can be bought at your destination. There is no need to bring your whole bathroom with you. Have for example a minimal set of toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste) and buy shaving stuff, shampoo, etc when you arrive. This “buy it” budget can also serve as an emergency budget. If you need to buy a tshirt, a rain jacket or whatever due to whatever reason, you’ll be ready.

Learn to layer your clothing

We’ve talked about layering many times in the blog. Layering allows you to combine your clothing in a way that not only creates a good system (keeping your cool or warm when needed) but also help you bring less clothing for your trip. Each part of the layering system works in tandem with the rest to create a great climate control. You can also play with this and create a system where an item can serve multiple purposes, for example, there are hiking pants that will pass as khaki as well and can be worn during a day hike and at night at the restaurant.

Remember, synthetic fabrics are your friends. Especially during the summer and if you plan on waning your clothing by hand at the hotel.

Cut the amount of electronics you are bringing

Do you really need that big, heavy camera and lenses? Or the smart phone you have with a decent camera will suffice for this trip? Can you go by with only an iPad and not a laptop, iPad and ebook reader? Try to think what you need and minimize the use of electronics. Of course, this is depending of the purpose of your trip. Also, try to get a combined charger for your electronics instead of brining a charger per piece of gear.

When in doubt, remove it

Unless you know for sure that you will use/wear a specific item, remove it. You’ll be surprised of how light you can go. And if you needed during the trip? Well, you always have that “buy it” money…

Packing light is about being free and enjoying the trip. Have fun and get out!

#BestYearEver: Travel More

7 handy packing advice tips, plus must-have travel essentials for her and him

This year, make less talking and more doing your number one priority, and plan that dream trip you’ve always wanted to take. If there’s one piece of advice we’ve heard over and over again, it’s travel as much as you can. Life’s short, so live it to the fullest! Expand your mind, experience different food and cultures, and don’t worry about the money. Not all trips have to be elaborate and expensive. Budget trips can be just as fun, and possibly even a bit more enlightening. So, start researching tickets today and make traveling one of 2015’s top to-dos.

Packing 101

Once you’ve booked your tickets, come back here for packing advice. From making sure you aren’t bringing too much stuff to the best way to save space in your suitcase, see seven tips that will make your life easier. 

1. Pack light. We start off with the most important tip - do not overpack. You’re bag will be too heavy and you can always buy more when you get to your travel destination. 

2. Pack basics. When you’re packing your bags, make sure you take pieces that are versatile so that you can mix and match. Leave your bold pieces at home.

3. Roll your clothes. To save some space in your bag, roll up your clothes. Lay them on the ground, fold in the corners and roll up from the bottom. 

4. Carryons are key. Try to fit all your things into carryon luggage. That way your bag will never get lost or go missing. 

5. Invest in noise canceling headphones. One of the best ways to actual get some rest on the plane is by wearing a pair of these headphones. Your world will change, for the better.

6. Dress comfortable. Nothing’s worse than having a pair of stiff jeans to wear while you’re traveling. Wear comfy clothing that’s easy to move in.  

7. Have fun! Be flexible when you travel. Not everything will go as planned, but that’s ok. The more carefree you are, the more fun you will have. 

Shop Travel Essentials

Now that you’re going to be traveling more, you’re going to need some help packing your bags. Update your gear and shop the best travel essentials below.

Top 10 Travel Essentials for Her

Super Leger International Carry On Luggage

One Love Organics Travel Kit

Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, Beats Mixr On-Ear Headphones

Precious Metals Wallet

ASOS V-Neck Sweater With Travelling Rib

Avenue Pant

Vince Bogart Python-Print Slip-On, Black/White

Go Clean Beach Set

ASOS Novelty Makeup Bag & Eye Mask Set

Diptyque Eau Rose Hand Lotion

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Top 10 Travel Essentials for Him

FPM - FABBRICAPELLETTERIEMILANO Wheeled luggage

Belting Passport Cover, Personalized

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio 2.0 Over-Ear Headphones

The Art of Shaving Travel Kit & Razor -Sandalwood

Ginger Flight Therapy

F1 4-in-1 Adapter

Down Sweater Vest

USB Travel Adaptor

Hollister Fleece Joggers

Nike Men’s Zoom Speed TR 2 Training Sneakers from Finish Line

Want to search for more travel essentials for him? Head to our search bar here to shop over 150 stores, all in one place.