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10 PACKING TIPS FOR TOILETRIES
- Always pack toiletries in plastic bags, just in case they split when in transit
- Choose toiletries that are roughly the size you will need when away – then you don’t have to carry them back and you aren’t carrying weight when not absolutely necessary
- Travel light wherever possible – minimise makeup by using a tinted moisturiser rather than separate moisturiser and foundation, for example
- If you have expensive products then consider decanting what you need into plastic travel bottles** – this is also useful when going through airport security which is worth keeping in mind
- Use scented body lotion rather than taking perfume as this is less likely to spill – perfumes usually do a matching body lotion so you can get the same fragrance if you prefer as well
- Use products that are multi functional to save space – i.e. shampoo with conditioner, shower gel with moisturiser
- Use a Hang up wash bag** as this is easier to manage when away – it can hang on the back of any shower door wherever you are washing
- Check about whether there’s a hair dryer where you are going as this saves loads of space
- Always carry anti bacterial hand gel as you will need it most days
- Always take the essentials such as nail clippers, tweezers in your toiletry bag as you can guarantee you will need them at some point, and not always for what they were intended!
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10 PACKING TIPS FOR ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS
- Consider investing in a Kindle** or ipad ** for books as you can take literally hundreds for little extra weight and bulk in your bag
- Childrens books weigh a lot so consider getting one longer book to read to younger children each night – make it a tradition to read at least one book on holiday each year. You can also get some books loaded on the kindle for them as well.
- If you want to take board games then put all the pieces into a plastic zip lock bag and make a scan of the board itself as this will be easier to carry around and you won’t mind it getting damaged as much
- A pack of cards is a simple and easy thing to pack – and can while away many hours!
- Plan what you want to read when away, its great to look forward to a good book that you simply don’t have the time to get through at home – and ensure you have it with you!
- Printout puzzles/colouring in/lists of things to spot etc... and create a folder for the kids to carry in their backpack – much more lightweight than lots of books
- Don’t pack outdoor toys as you can get cheap beach toys when you are out there
- If you know you have lots of traveling to do, and are traveling with kids, then load a variety of games onto your phone, ipad etc… and take a backpack of their favourite things so they can have different things going on – they will be less likely to get bored then
- With children, ipads ** can house films – which are a great way to keep them entertained on long journeys – you could also download a couple of films for you just in case of really bad weather, or (hopefully not!) you are ill and have to stay in bed when you are away
- Remember that you will have so much to entertain when you are away – new places to explore, things to see and do – so if anything, pack little in terms of entertainment – you want to know you are on holiday and not have your head stuck in a book or electronic device at all times!
Any surprises as yet? If you have any extra tips for any of these categories then please let me know by adding a comment – I’d love to know!
and if you’re ready to get tips for fitness and swimming items, and all those general items that can so easily be forgotten, then keep going!