By Danielle Viljoen, Fashion Stylist

The world is a scary place right now and ‘normal’ feels so far away. I have planned my exit strategy for when the borders open and vacationing becomes a reality again. I must admit, I used to be the worst packer. I approached packing with zero strategies and would over-stuff my bags, always tossing in extra items ‘just in case’. The reality of overpacking is that you’re never going to wear everything, especially if you’re going to be ‘living’ in a bikini. You are going to end up with a suitcase that’s too heavy for you and returning home after a bit of holiday shopping will be a stressful experience.

There are 7 things to consider when packing for a work trip or much-needed vacation. 

1. Always Plan Your Outfits 

Research your destination and determine where you would like to go and what activities you would like to do.

Start with a blank canvas, for example, your bed. Build your looks, this way you will be able to establish exactly what you need. Don’t forget to add accessories. 

2. Leave Space

You are bound to buy a few things on your trip so make sure you have space to accommodate them. Travelling is tiring and the last thing you want is to be lugging around an over-stuffed suitcase during a layover.

3. Pack Strategically

Put an outfit aside and take it in your carry-on. This will be useful should you have a stopover or be delayed for some reason. If you have space, pop in an additional outfit and clean underwear in case the airline loses your luggage.

4. Invest in Packing Aids

If you are hopping from one place to another and plan on living out of your suitcase, ensure you have the right ‘tools’. Packing cubes are lifesavers and are useful for categorizing your items. A laundry bag will be your best friend. Toiletries can take up unnecessary space. Decant larger items like shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer into travel bottles.

5. Say No to Wrinkles

Wool, polyester, and spandex are just a few types of fabrics that are less likely to crease. 

6. Fold or Roll

Many people swear by the rolling method. Rolling your clothes is a great space-saving technique whereas folding allows easier access and garment identification. Mix it up and fold what you must and leave the rolling for items like jeans and leggings.

7. Splurge on Quality

Purchasing luggage can be quite a costly experience, but cheaper in the long run. Four wheels are better than two and two handles better than one, especially when it comes to larger luggage pieces. Four wheels ensure that you do not need to tilt your case in order for it to roll.


Whether you are traveling locally or internationally, packing is an art you can master!

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