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Packing For Your Holiday: What to Bring

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Packing for a trip can take as little as 10 minutes, or as much as half a day. When you’re travelling on a budget, packing just the right amount of things can spell the difference between luggage fees, porter tips and a sore back. You don’t need 20 sets of outfits for a 3-day trip, right? We didn’t think so.

Since the average carry-on allowance is 7kgs in Australia, you have to make sure you’re packing the bare minimum to avoid extra fees (we’re glaring at YOU, Jetstar). Lugging around an extra bag of stuff that you don’t need isn’t exactly appealing, either. [tweet_dis]Spare yourself (or your significant other) the tedious task of carrying excess baggage by travelling smarter.[/tweet_dis]

On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy ~ Spanish proverb


Compose a checklist when packing for your holiday and go through it 2-3 times. Cross out anything you don’t consider absolutely essential. Also write down where it goes; you’re generally allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage, such as a laptop and handbag, but the total weight of both cannot exceed 7kgs.

1. Clothing

If it wasn’t already painfully obvious, be sure to pack enough clothing to last you on your trip! Mix and match items for some variety, but depending on how long you’re going for, chances are you’ll have to repeat outfits at some point. Mix it up by adding some accessories like a statement necklace or a scarf. Here’s a sample checklist of clothing for a weekender:

  • 1 black t-shirt
  • 1 white t-shirt
  • 1 button-down blouse
  • 1 blazer
  • 1 pair of slacks
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 casual dress
  • 1 scarf or sarong
  • 1 swimsuit
  • Underwear (1 pair per day)
  • Socks (1-2 pairs)

2. Footwear

One of the most underrated essentials in anyone’s luggage is footwear. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiking a mountain or strolling along a beach. Comfortable footwear is an absolute must. Pack shoes that you have already worn before. Do not try to break in a new pair on holiday unless blisters and bandaids are your idea of fun.

  • 1 pair of walking shoes
  • 1 pair of ballet flats
  • 1 pair of sandals

3. Travel documents

Depending on where you’re travelling, make sure to have all your travel documents ready. Check here if you want to know whether a visa is required. When travelling out of the country, it goes without saying that you’ll need a passport! Have the address of your hotel handy for filling out forms such as the disembarkation form.

  • Passport
  • Visa

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