Summer Packing Guide: How To Prepare Your Travel Bag

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Black Woman packingWe know that traveling can be stressful with all of the pre-planning that’s necessary. Don’t let that empty duffel bag in the corner give you more anxiety. We at HelloBeautiful have put together a packing guide to help you pack light and jump the gun on your summer trip planning!

One important thing to keep in mind when you’re packing is that you will probably have to carry your bag for most of your trip: so, pack light! You want to try to fit as much of your stuff in a small amount of space, so be smart with your folding. I have found that the best way to pack clothing is by rolling it, kind of like a wrap. The clothes get much smaller and you can layer them!

Now we get to the specific essentials. First and foremost, toiletries:

Bag 1: Liquids
Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash
Toothpaste
Hand Sanitizer
Sunscreen/Bug Spray (depending on where you’re venturing off to)

Bag 2: Non-Liquids
Hair Brush
Toothbrush
Razor
Q-tips
Antiperspirant
Make-up bag
Band-aids (you never know)

It’s always a good idea to divide your toiletries into two bags to avoid the typical “shampoo exploding and ruining everything” disaster. Keep in mind that these should all be travel-sized. You do not want to be carrying around giant bottles of shampoo just to have them taken away at the airport.

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Next, the rest of what you need should be relative to where you’re going. Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

Camera
Raincoat
Extra Flip-Flops
Map of the area

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Lastly, there are always “just in case” items that can impede your packing. So avoid packing these items and make your travel experience more comfortable:

Expensive Jewelery
Too many extra layers
Lighters

Do you have tips for packing? Fill us in!

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