Roam with R

There are some who can throw a handful of items into a backpack and they’re ready to go… I’m not one!

I enjoy having my options whilst keeping my baggage to a minimum. Below are some tips I’ve found to be useful throughout the years in making travelling easier.

A sturdy suitcase

The first thing you’ll need is a good suitcase. My Steamline Entrepreneur trunk is surely a favourite with me but I only take it as carry on luggage and on weekend trips. For those times when I need extra luggage space I use a larger suitcase with strong zippers and 4 multidirectional spinner wheels that roll along easily.

Packing techniques

I’m a bit of a neat-freak when it comes to organising a suitcase - or let’s face it - life in general. There are so many packing techniques from folding, filing, rolling, bundling, compressing and using packing cubes. I do a bit of everything!

If you’ve shopped more than you had planned, save space by rolling socks and underwear into shoes or any leftover space in your suitcase after you’ve completed packing.

Place delicate items, such as perfumes, inside socks to save space and protect from breakages and staining your clothes.

Shower caps are a very versatile packing tool. I use them mainly to cover up the bottom of my shoes and sandals to keep the rest of the bag clean. You can also use it to store your bathers, if you’ve had a last minute dip in the pool, and haven’t had time to let your swimmers dry.

Pack the heaviest items closest to the wheels of your suitcase which will prevent your items shifting within your luggage. It will also make your suitcase easier to roll along.

Travel size

While it may be tempting to purchase travel-size products for your trip, it’s better to stick to the products that work for your skin. After all, you’ve spent time and money discovering your favourites.

Siphon your daily necessities into quality bottles and tubs and re-use them each time you travel. I like using MUJI travel containers, sturdy, good quality and re-usable. This way you’ll reduce space and reduce the waste of buying ‘cheaper’ alternatives simply due to size.

Multi-taskers

Too often the go-to response is to purchase travel sized products or rely on hotel amenities which all contribute to increasing waste produced while travelling. Consider buying products which can serve more than one purpose.

Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap can triple as body soap, shampoo and conditioner! There is an added bonus of no leakages during transit, simply let it dry, place into a tin or snap lock bag and pack.

Bring a shimmery eye shadow that can double as a highlighter for a sun-kissed glow or a shade of lipstick which can also act as a blush.

I like to take a little of my favourite face mask, May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver with me on my travels. This powder face mask is very easy to travel with, place a small amount into a travel sized container and when its time to pamper yourself, mix it with equal parts water and have a DIY spa night. There is no better time to relax and indulge in your favourite face mask then when on holiday; after all, your skin may be in need of some TLC post-flight.

Jewellery

Countless are the times when I have arrived at my destination and getting ready to go out only to find my jewellery in a mighty knot. I use the jewellery case by MILESTO which has compartments for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and bangles.

Alternatively lay the jewellery in between two layers of cling wrap to hold them in place. No more tangles!

Laundry

For all trips I bring along a medium sized tote where I put all laundry items to keep them separate from clean clothes. When booking accommodation I like to try to make sure there is a washer and dryer available (or a laundromat nearby).

Checklists

If you’re a frequent flyer you may have the packing down to routine. But for those things that never change you could create a checklist so you can just pack and go! The next time you find yourself packing in a hurry simply tick things off as you go!