Lets get packing.

Spring is drawing to a close and the summer months are approaching and we’ve all made plans for the coming holidays. We’ve made plans with our family and friends to take some time off and escape from our everyday lives. We book our accommodation weeks or months in advance once we’ve all managed to decide on where and when we can all go. To me going on holiday usually means a road trip.

A problem that I regularly encounter when going on a road trip is being considerate of my travelling mates when it comes to the space in the boot. I can never make up my mind about what I want to wear. I always pack more clothes than I need. To me its all about the looks. If you think Im going on holiday to relax you are sadly mistaken. I want to go and explore the place Im visiting and I want to look fly while doing so. Going on holiday is an opportunity to make new memories with your family or friends. Let me also be real with you Im thinking about social media. Im not about to post up on social media looking ashy. Im gonna give the people what they want. Your friends stuck at work wants to experience your holiday with you. So your outfits need to be popping. I usually pack so that I have at least two options for each day of the holiday. Which can be a bit problematic if you are travelling with more than 2 people.

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Family trip to Mosselbay in 2017. As you can see I didn’t go to swim.
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The Point Beach in Mosselbay.
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Enjoying a sunset in Langebaan.

This blog is more self-help than it is giving advice. I decided to look at ways to minimize my luggage when going on holiday. So lets start with clothing. Your travel day outfit should be part of your holiday fashion. Try to reduce your luggage by wearing some of the heavier items that would take up a lot of space in your bag. Like a light jacket because even in Summer the evenings can get quite chilly sometimes and you want to be prepared. Pack your flip-flops in your bag and wear your shoes on the trip. Try to wear your jeans on the trip as well and put the shorts in the bag. This will save some space as well. If possible try to get everything into one bag. The boot of a car isn’t very big and we sometimes travel with up to five people and you don’t want to start your holiday off fighting about boot space.

Something else you can do is try to find out what the weather is going to be like while you’re there so that you can pack accordingly. This will save you from having to pack a summer and a winter outfit for each day. Think about packing transitional pieces. Something that’s suitable to wear for the day’s activities but will also work for dinner at a nice restaurant. This will minimise your packing. Think about packing a capsule wardrobe. A few functional items of clothing that complement each other. That means if you’re going away for a three-day weekend you can wear one pair of pants and pack in another pair and just alternate between the two and both are suitable to wear with the shirts you are planning to wear. Think about the functionality of certain items. Try to make the jacket you wear for your travel day outfit something that can transition from day to night time activities. This way you do not need to pack another for that purpose.

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Travel day outfit for my recent trip to Hermanus. Stylish, comfortable and functional.

Besides necessities you also need some gadgets to make the trip smoother. We’ve grown accustomed to our devices that we use everyday that we cannot just leave them behind. If you like to read you might want to take a book with you, ebooks don’t take up any space at all. Other things like mobile Wi-Fi and portable chargers have become essential parts of our daily lives so don’t forget to pack them. You don’t want to spend money on buying a new one while you’re there. If you want to get away from the crowd for a while take some headphones with you to listen to music.

When you’re done packing you can load up the car and set out on your road trip. Make sure you have some smooth tunes on the radio to distract yourself and your family/friends from the fatigue of being cooped up in the car for long periods of time and some snacks to keep everyone refreshed and make the journey just as enjoyable.

2 thoughts on “Lets get packing.”

  1. Loving this weeks blog…..thanks for the heads up
    If I may comment on a pic/out fit…..I cant see how a track pants would go with a denim shirt? Maybe its just me but I cant seem to like the two together.

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