How to; Instagram capsule wardrobe and other tips for stress free holiday travel.
When travelling to another country one of the biggest stresses is knowing what to pack, whether your jetting off for a city break or a week in the Bahamas just about everyone has the same anxiety when it comes to packing their suitcase. Follow these handy packing tips to get it just right.
By simply searching the hashtag #packing , #packingtips or #packinghacks on Instagram you can find millions of results containing hints and tips to help you with your packing troubles. Take for example this post from @dinazahran that shows an ingenious way to save time and effort when packing, while keeping things in check, in an organized manner and without the need to roll or fold anything.
Another creative idea shared by @viacalligraphy shows how she draws out what she has packed to help visualize what she might be missing and where each of the items packed is located. She explains that this method helps her to visualize how everything is organised and helps when planning outfits too!
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Some basic points to consider before packing are the following
First and foremost how long will you be travelling for?
Are you familiar with the type of climate in the location you are travelling to? Is it similar to your hometown?… and the real feel? Remember not all climates are the same, some climates are very humid, others dry and others cold. Do you feel the cold or suffer in the heat?
To keep yourself informed about current weather situation, type of terrain and general dress code of your travel destination you can search the city you will visit on Instagram and uncover recent posts made by travellers and locals.
Its also important to consider what types of activities you have planned? Will you be going swimming, will you be doing lots of walking, any extreme sports? Will you need clothes for going to dinner in the evening or to party? Boots for hiking, etc?
Searching Instagram geotags is a great way to find things to do in the city, searching a geotag for a city on Instagram will show you all locally geotagged images. Using this search you can find places to see that you might not uncover with your basic “what to see/ do in…?” google search. Its always a great idea to have a basic plan of your trip outlined so you can be sure to take all the extra or specialized clothing you might need, such as swimsuits, wetsuits etc. Using the geotag search can also be an excellent option for finding places to eat as you can see first hand images of what the food is like, something that the menu is often lacking.
Will you need to take any medications with you? Will you take make up or personal hygiene products or will they be provided by your hotel or easy to buy in your destination country? Remember that if you are only taking a carry on there are regulations about the quantity of liquid you can take with you, also these items must be clearly displayed in a transparent Zip-locks and removed from your carry on when you pass through security checks. Nowadays most hotels provide personal hygiene products such as shampoo and shower gel, bath towels tend to come included in the room and many hotels provide poolside towels at a small extra cost.
Will you be checking in luggage or you will take only a carry on?
Will you be taking a camera, a computer, an ebook or any additional electronic devices? Are the power outlets the same than those you use in your country or will you need an adaptor? Searching for #travelessentials, #backpackinggear etc you can find the images that trend on Instagram, birds eye views of everything that goes into the suitcase or backpack, and what a great way to share packing inspiration with your own followers so that at the time to pack you can be inspired and inspire others. It often happens that we forget simple basics such as adaptor plugs because they are things that we don’t consider when thinking about what we need to pack.
Will your hotel provide towels? Or a laundry service? Many hotels provide laundry service at extra cost.
How much space do you have in your luggage? Check your weight allowance.
Once you have considered all of the above it’s time to begin, and a great option is to use a capsule wardrobe. The idea of the capsule wardrobe is to select a variety of versatile items that can be styled in a multitude of ways by combining in different ways. The account for Wonder Wardrobe also known on Instagram as @dariaandronescu offers free visual examples of how to create your own capsule wardrobe and some of the ways you can style an outfit differently by changing the top or shoes and accessories.
The capsule wardrobe shown here contains 3 dresses, 5 tops, 5 bottoms, sandals, heels and a neutral handbag. As shown in the examples these items can be combined in a minimum of 30 ways to create casual, comfortable and formal outfits that can be used during travel.
Using Instagram can be a great way to find ideas and share ideas and tips about packing your suitcase. Whether you need a packing list or inspiration about what types of clothes to take you can find everything you need by searching specific hashtags on Instagram. Videos on Instagram TV also offer ideas about how to roll, fold and compartmentalise your clothes inside the suitcase.