10 tips for the serial over-packer

Things you don’t really need to pack. 

Things you don’t really need to pack
Things you don’t really need to pack
11 Mar 2015

Things you don’t really need to pack

There are few airport experiences more annoying than hauling your suitcase onto the scale, only to realise that you’ll be paying some pretty regrettable overweight fees. And yet, we never learn. Vacation after vacation, we promise ourselves that we’ll pack light and buy the rest, but there always seems to be one more thing we can’t travel without, be it an extra cardigan, a pair of rain boots, or our favourite hair dryer. 

Do you identify as a serial over-packer? Check out our top 10 things to leave at home the next time you go on holiday.  

Remember to visit the NATAS Travel Fair 2015 from 6 to 8 March 2015, 10am to 9.30pm, at Singapore Expo Halls 8 & 9 (free entry) for loads of great travel deals to make your next holiday even better. Be sure not to miss other exciting highlights such as the Mongolian Culture Showcase, gripping stage performances by the Uzbekistan Folk Band and more, Taste the World at NATAS – International Food Trail, students’ drawing competition and finalists’ exhibition, and a selfie/wefie contest where you stand to win $50’s worth of shopping vouchers and goodie bags. For more information, please visit www.natastravelfair.travel.

1. A hair dryer
1. A hair dryer
11 Mar 2015

1. A hair dryer

We know, we know. The hotel hair dryer is terrible. Yours is ionic! Your hair needs to be perfect. How else are you going to take cute pictures?

Well, we can also assure you that after 6 hours of touring, your hair won’t look any different dried with a fancy hair dryer than it would with the hotel’s. Not staying in a hotel? Even most homes on AirBNB come with hair dryers. So save yourself some space (and weight!) by going without it.

2. Your makeup brushes
2. Your makeup brushes
11 Mar 2015

2. Your makeup brushes

Or how about your makeup, in general. Look, we’ve established that you want to look cute in all your vacation photos, isn’t one small palette and a couple of brushes enough? People won’t be able to tell the difference between a photo taken when you were wearing brown eye shadow from Urban Decay’s Naked 1 and a photo taken when you we were wearing brown eye shadow from Stila’s In The Light Palette anyway. Stick with a pocket-sized nude palette and a couple of lipsticks. You’ll probably buy more in your holiday destination anyway.

3. Your second pair of winter boots
3. Your second pair of winter boots
11 Mar 2015

3. Your second pair of winter boots

Traipsing through the snow in a variety of cute footwear sounds lovely, but trust us, you’ll be too cold to care once you reach your destination. Pack the warmest, most comfortable pair, and tell yourself that you’ll buy another should you become desperate for a change (they’re probably cuter and cheaper in wintry countries anyway!).

 

4. More than two sweaters
4. More than two sweaters
11 Mar 2015

4. More than two sweaters

“TWO sweaters for the entire week? NEVER!”

Come on guys, it’s called UNIQLO Heat Tech. Layers, especially cotton ones, are bulky and don’t dry well. Invest in one or two really warm layers and stick to them for the duration of your trip. They’ll be hidden beneath your outerwear anyway, so you don’t need to worry about getting bored wearing the same layers over and over again.

5. More than one paper book
5. More than one paper book
11 Mar 2015

5. More than one paper book

Even the biggest bookworms rarely get through decently-sized tome during a week’s vacation. Yes, you can imagine yourself powering through a few paperbacks on the beach and on your long-haul flight, but let’s be real: how many times have you managed to make significant progress in a novel (as opposed to sleeping or watching movies) on a transatlantic flight? And how many times have you been able to resist falling asleep or jumping into the water long enough to actually finish a book on the beach? If you’re really confident about being able to get through a couple of books while travelling, either buy an E-reader or load a couple on your phone. You’ll appreciate the extra luggage space later.

6. Your favourite toiletries
6. Your favourite toiletries
11 Mar 2015

6. Your favourite toiletries

Dare we suggest that you forgo body wash, shampoo, and conditioner altogether? The hotel will have freebies (which you’ll stuff into your luggage anyway), so surely you can go a few days without your favourite haircare products, right? But if you can’t bear to part from your beloved moisturisers and hair masks, then store them in travel-sized bottles. Also, use sheet masks. They’re easier to pack than overnight masks and won’t burst in your luggage. Plus, you’ll be rid of them after the trip is over, meaning even more space in your carry-on.

7. Towels
7. Towels
11 Mar 2015

7. Towels

Every standard hotel should carry towels. You don’t even need to bring some for the beach. The reception is usually happy to offer a few extras as long as you bring them back at the end of the day. Obviously, you’ll need them if you’re staying at a hostel, but make sure you invest in the quick-drying microfiber kind to save time and space in your luggage.  

8.  Paper guidebooks and maps
8. Paper guidebooks and maps
11 Mar 2015

8. Paper guidebooks and maps

Toting a guidebook under one arm sounds romantic and all, but you’ll grow to hate the extra weight once you’ve started exploring your destination. As much as possible, do all your research ahead of time and save your list of “must-go” places on your phone. You can even look up your destination on Google Maps ahead of time and save it for offline access so that you can use it without incurring roaming fees.

9. Underwear
9. Underwear
11 Mar 2015

9. Underwear

Instead of packing your usual undies, buy a few packs of disposable underwear. Most pharmacies sell them for cheap, and while they’re not exactly sexy, you’ll probably be too enthralled with all the sightseeing to even remember that you’re wearing them.

 

10. Your computer
10. Your computer
11 Mar 2015

10. Your computer

Last but not least, your gadgets. Limit yourself to one, maybe two on the trip (we’d recommend a phone and an E-Reader – leave the tablet at home!) because let’s face it: a vacation from the daily grind also means a vacation from compulsively checking your YouTube subscriptions, or worse, your work email. Who needs to look at a screen when there’s a whole world out there waiting to be discovered?

Remember to visit the NATAS Travel Fair 2015 from 6 to 8 March 2015, 10am to 9.30pm, at Singapore Expo Halls 8 & 9 (free entry) for loads of great travel deals to make your next holiday even better. Be sure not to miss other exciting highlights such as the Mongolian Culture Showcase, gripping stage performances by the Uzbekistan Folk Band and more, Taste the World at NATAS – International Food Trail, students’ drawing competition and finalists’ exhibition, and a selfie/wefie contest where you stand to win $50’s worth of shopping vouchers and goodie bags. For more information, please check out www.natastravelfair.travel.

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