It feels like Christmas just barely ended not too long ago, I only just took down the Christmas tree last week. And in less than a month’s time, there’s CNY coming real soon. I believe many are scrambling to clear leave, book their vacation over the long weekend and just go.
The nature of my job robs me of public holidays and weekends, the only break that I really have is during CNY, and probably just the first 3 days, sometimes maybe only 2. So when it comes to the festivities, and if I happen to have an off day, I would choose to stay home with family. CNY is really a time for me to ‘hibernate’, stay home, spend time with family and just rest.
Holidays are wonderful, but sometimes the packing can be quite a chore. I don’t know about you, but I like to start early if I have the luxury of time. Some moments I even have my luggage lying on the floor because I had a trip every month. Having had so many work and personal trips over the years, I have a certain way of packing that wouldn’t stress me out.
There are certain things I never remove from the luggage. My toiletries pouch, I have a whole set of toiletries in there, so I don’t have to worry about having to bring stuff from home and then unpacking it after the trip. I have a whole set of packing organizers, pouches that help with packing and maximizing the space in your luggage, keeps it neat as well. Another pouch for my travel adaptors, chargers, wires for whatever gadgets I have at the moment. So yes, there is a separate pouch for almost everything that I have in the luggage. I like reaching in and knowing exactly where my things are.
That settled, I only need to worry about the clothes. Let’s not talk about work trips where you need to dress to impress, pack in your heels and accessorize. I’m talking about holidays where you get to roam the streets and chill. My packing guideline is simple, comfort above all else. I believe we should start with comfortable sneakers, white please. This is a personal preference, white shoes, I feel it seems to just go with everything and anything. Next would be a good pair of sandals, something that easily complements your outfits. So what do I usually pack? Dresses, easy and hassle free. Jumpsuits, classy and hassle free. Basics like the jeans, t-shirts, the white shirt, they all look good put together. Sometimes, I like bringing pants just because they are lighter and thinner and I can bring a couple more. I’m afraid of the cold, so I always throw in a sweater and a scarf, regardless of season. Accessories, I always keep it simple, simple earrings, a ring or nothing at all. You don’t want to be flaunting your diamonds in Spain.
Speaking of Spain, I’ve come to learn of another use for scarves. It was the last day of my trip to Spain and I had some time before heading to the airport. I was thinking I’d probably feel cold on the plane and so I stuffed a scarf right at the top of my backpack, for easy access. I went out for my breakfast and my coffee and walked around a little. Long story short, I was almost pick-pocketed. I felt a tug on my bag, turned around and caught a lady right in the midst of unzipping my bag, My scarf conveniently blanketed all my belongings inside and so she had to pry my bag open before she could get anything out. From that day on, I have come to believe that scarves are essential! Always bring one.
Well, be very clear about your itinerary so you can be better prepared. If you are heading out on a yacht to the waters of Capri, you would regret not bringing your swimsuit. If you are a gym fanatic, bring your gym gear. You get the idea. I pack enough for every single day of my trip. Chances are you’re likely to shop, but then again, you may also not find anything you actually really like. Since OOTDs are such a rage, you don’t want to have to wear the same dress 3 times on the same trip. You don’t want to be stressed out having to desperately find any piece of clothing you can lay hands on just because you didn’t pack enough. Lastly, sunblock! Always bring sunblock.