By Evelyn Masaba
Who said travelling has to be very drab and boring? That you cannot put your best foot (read boot) forward as you discover new things around the world. As Coco Chanel once said, “Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway!”
It is very important to check out the weather in your destination country before you pack your bags and go there, for this helps you to easily plan your wardrobe for the rest of your journey. You will not have to shop for different outfits when you reach your destination.
After getting done with the weather, of course you start packing and you have to know what you need. If you are going to a sunny place, everything you carry has to be summer appropriate. Start with packing very light clothing such as cotton, chiffon and some denim just incase you get to areas where you do not have to show so much skin.
Makeup kit and skin exfoliators
Going on vacation does not mean you leave everything to go wild, you still have to keep that face radiant. Pack the right makeup for your destination — at least just enough to outline all that beauty and still keep you looking fresh. Make sure you have a good exfoliator and shaving kit that is good for your skin type that will make showing off those legs even more fun. Do not forget wipes; they are very essential for hot days and makeup removal. Stay fresh.
Shoes and more shoes
All the pretty shoes you have that make you feel like Cinderella heading for a ball should be packed for vacation. After all, a vacation is supposed to bring you back that feel-good element. Make sure you pack for the right weather with the right footwear, feel good and enjoy that holiday with your best foot forward.
You have to go sightseeing when on vacation as no one stays cooped up in the hotel just watching TV and ordering room service. You jump into it, take life by the plums and see what you never expected to see. So why shouldn’t you look your very best as you go mountain climbing or take on that long jungle trail? Pick up those beautiful shorts, leggings and pretty sneakers and walk into it with as much positivity as you can. Keep away from wearing dresses or skirts for such activities since they get in the way.
Sunscreen glasses and hats
Did you know that regular sunscreen was not made for your face? It clogs up the pores, so be sure to get one that is specifically made for your face such as the En Garde from Votre Vu (choose one for your skin type and colour). The biggest essential of all are sunglasses. Sunny places need pretty bright coloured aviator glasses and a huge beautiful floppy hat to frame your face in the heat.
When packing for your journey, avoid bulky luggage because it makes it hard for transition if you are traveling alone. Try as much as you can to fit everything you need in two bags and keep the toiletries in your hand luggage for emergencies. Even better, you can tag your bags with cute bright unique luggage tags that can help you easily identify your belongings.
Considering you might have to shop every once in awhile when at your destination, plan for how much you have to set aside for that wee shopping you might end up indulging into. Do not go to the chain stores, pass by the flea markets because they have unique things you might love and put your bargaining skills on display but limit yourself to a certain budget; just incase you see too many pieces that might leave you breathless.