Wear out there: Lighten your luggage

Christina Proctor

Summer is in full swing here in Waterloo Region and for many it’s finally time to take a vacation. Whether you plan to visit family, attend a music festival, or jet off to an exotic destination, we can all use a little assistance when it comes to packing. As I prepare for my Roman holiday, I’ve pulled together some useful tips to make travel preparation a little more enjoyable.

Tip 1: Consider comfort when travelling by plane or car: It is often challenging to choose a stylish outfit that is both comfortable and temperature appropriate. This is why layering garments is the best advice. Wear basics like jeggings, t-shirts and cardigans, and add some personality with a scarf, a great pair of shades and an oversized tote. Not only are these accessories chic, they are practical as well. A scarf doubles as a blanket or pillow, sunglasses hide dark circles and an oversized bag allows for plenty of room for souvenirs. Carefully selecting your footwear is also key, particularly when travelling by plane. Flats, sandals or boots are all choices that can easily be removed for security checks.

Tip 2: Choose clothes that will mix and match: While I personally struggle with packing light, my backpacking adventure taught me a thing or two about making my choices count. Choose neutral bottoms, e.g. khaki or denim, and add a pop of colour with a unique top or statement necklace. As for footwear, it is essential to bring a great pair of walking shoes. If you’re looking locally, Heel Boy in Uptown Waterloo has a wonderful selection of comfortable and stylish sandals and boots. Choosing a shoe that is on the dressier side will limit the number of pairs you need to bring overall.

Tip 3: Roll clothes instead of folding them: To maximize space and minimize wrinkling, roll your clothes before packing. Start with the largest, least delicate items on the outside and your delicate fabrics on the inside.

Tip 4: Simplify your makeup routine: Each of us has a beauty routine, and whether it takes 10 minutes or 50 minutes to complete, it is entirely individual. Depending on the length of your travels, it may be the perfect time to use the product samples you’ve been collecting, or consider purchasing the “travel version” of your regular skincare line. Both Cocoon Apothecary and Pure and Simple have great sets. Mascara, eyeliner, bronzer, blush and lip gloss is all you need to look glamorous. Sephora has fabulous value sets for these purposes.

Tip 5: Pack a book: There is nothing better than relaxing with a great read. Stock up on magazines, charge your e-reader and purchase a new novel at the airport. Whether you’re craving a light read, like Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, a mystery novel, like The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, or something that makes you think, such as Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, make sure you have something to help you unwind.

Summer moments are short and fleeting. Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful season. Happy travels!