Women are not exactly known for stepping out of the house with only the bare essentials. We like to be prepared for any sort of situation we might encounter once we leave our homes. When traveling to a local or international destination on a holiday that would last a couple of days, we tend to bring gargantuan suitcases along with us. But imagine the freedom of traveling light—nothing more than a single bag that you can carry with you (and not check in). Here are a few tips to make the impossible happen for you on your next travel.
1. White shirts are your friends
A nice white shirt made of wrinkle-free fabric is the best thing you can own if you like to travel. This white shirt can be worn for both casual and more formal occasions. Pair this shirt with a statement piece (a scarf, necklace, or other items of jewellery) and you will instantly feel like a million dollars. You can also wear it when engaging in outdoor activities or just strolling along town.
2. Sarongs are worth their weight in gold
Invest in a couple of nice sarongs so you could take one or two with you whenever you travel. Sarongs are incredibly versatile—you can use it as a stole or blanket whenever the weather turns chilly, as a cover for your bare shoulders and legs whenever you visit holy sites, as a pillow, as a statement scarf, or even as a cover-up on the beach.
3. Do not bring your entire make-up kit
Unless you are a popular model, chances are that no one would really ask you to pose for a magazine cover whenever you travel. Bring only the minimum when it comes to make-up: waterproof mascara, easy-to-apply eyeliner, and your favourite day-to-night lipstick shade. But do not ever forget the SPF items (sunscreen, lip balm, etc.) to protect your skin.
4. Two-in-one toiletries
Do not bring the entire hoard of beauty and hygiene products in your bathroom. Opt for multi-use toiletry items such as two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, lotion and sunscreen, etc.
5. Simple and versatile accessories
One statement necklace (provided it is not something that appears like you filched it off Lady Gaga’s bureau), a statement ring, or a pair of eye-catching earrings are all you need on your holiday.
6. Dark trousers
Trousers in dark colours will be more useful for you when traveling, as the wrinkles and dirt are hidden by the colour. If you can, bring along ones with elastic belts so you would feel comfortable all day long, and after you indulge in the local cuisine.
7. Pack some skirts
Choose skirts made with blended fabric, with an elastic or drawstring waistband. Skirts are perfect for dressing up or down, and are ideal if you are visiting the beach or a tropical country. Plus, they go with pretty much everything, so you do not have to appear like you have dressed yourself in pitch darkness.
Marco Sagese is Director at Discount Car Hire.