Beach season is upon us which means it's time to be a lazy bum once again under the glory of the sun and get our does of vitamin sea. But before we can get our share of sand and sea, we first have to conquer that thing we all dread and hate: packing. To make packing less dreadful for you Candy Girls, we've listed out 5 hacks every jetsetter needs to know. Not only will these hacks spare you from the cost of excess baggage but it will also save you from crammed bus, plane, and train rides.
Make a list
Before you start throwing things on your bag, create a list of things you need to bring. This way you will be able to pack faster and you won't forget anything. Making a list can also prevent you from over packing. If a particular item is not on your pre-made list, then maybe you should reconsider if you really need to bring it to your trip. Do not pack a lot of things for those "just in case" scenarios in your head because chances are you won't even need them!
Make sure you give yourself some time to ditch and decide what you will bring. Don't cram packing until the night before your trip. This will only cause you to put in a lot of unnecessary items because you weren't able to think things through.
Plan your outfits
Thinking of your #OOTDs ahead of your trip will spare you from packing way too much clothes, only to use three to four pieces over and over again. To make sure that you remain fashionable without the extra baggage, pack basics and neutrals that you can mix and match throughout your trip rather than bringing a lot of different options. Bring statement accessories such as hats, necklaces, and shades to amp up your look. It will also be helpful if you stick to a particular color palette so that mixing outfits will be a no-brainer.
Pro-tip: Your swimsuit should not only be worn while you're in the water. Double it up as a top and pair it with denim shorts to achieve that effortless summer look. Don't be afraid to try this trend that it girls have been seen doing during their summer trips! It's the perfect balance of packing light and staying fashionable.
Wear the heavy and bulky things
If you're afraid of the possibility that it will get cold and just really have this need to bring a jacket with you, wear it during your flight or carry it with you instead of packing it. This way you get to pack light and have something to fight the cold. You can also wear your hat instead of deforming it by throwing it in your bag. You'll also look extra chic while strutting down the airport. Whatwin-win situations!
Pack travel size
Toiletries and makeup can take up a lot of your precious bag space so make sure to downsize them during a trip. A lot of products have travel size equivalent so make sure to look for those instead of buying the regular size. But if you don't want to spend, you can always be resourceful and use the things that are available to you. If you have those travel-friendly containers, just refill them for your trip. You can also fill small bottles to store hair products, lotion, and even leftover contact lens cases to store makeup!
Bonus hack: Check out this useful infographic to help you pack for your next trip like a pro!
Where are you headed this summer, Candy Girl? Tell us in the comments below!