Top 5 Packing Hacks
1. Pack for your bag to be lost
Have a change of clothes in your hand luggage. Go to a pound land or discount store anywhere and you should be able to buy a vacuum bag that will shrink down those clothes to the size of an envelope. Wrap an extra layer of clingfilm around to ensure no air escapes and secure with some gaffer tape and voila!
In mine I packed a pair of leggings, a vest top (as this won’t crease), a pair of lightweight shorts, a pair of socks and a pair of pants.
2. Keeping the bugs at bay with a sheet
Lonely Planet author, Neal Bedford suggests taking a duvet cover you can slip into, as you never know where you might end up sleeping. Silk sheets have a tighter weave, making it harder for bugs to crawl through.
3. Bundle wrap to avoid creases and invest in some packing cubes
Packing cubes are the back packers answer to drawers. I am so excited about my cubes but that’s just because I’m a girl and I’m a bit sad like that!
4. Pack tights
Pack a few pair of tights. They make for a great extra layer and when cut up can be used as bandages or head bands.
5. Travel with a picnic in mind
An extra bag
Take a small, cotton bag that can be folded away – one which folds inside itself and weighs next to nothing.
Take a flask to keep drinks cold and a small thermos bag that can be used in your luggage as an extra packing cube for your clothes.
I’m not going to kid myself, there’s no way I can afford eating out all the time. I think that one of the main pleasures of travelling is to live like the locals and to shop for ingredients that they would usually buy.
Being a girl, one of my favourite past times is supermarket shopping. I love trailing the aisles and looking at the food. When I travelled in Sardinia I visited Conad supermarket. The food was so fresh and organic and the wine was sooooo cheap. I’m talking $2 for a 2.5 litre bottle.
Having a decent flask with you ensures your drink stays cold for the beach and a cooler bag ensures your food stays fresh for the day.