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Travelling? Super fun! Packing your suitcase? Not so much. Ladies, admit it, we all need at least 15 outfits to survive a 3-day, 2-night trip. And did I mention a selection of shoes, bags and accessories? And let’s not forget makeup and skincare supplies too. So the question still remains, how do you fit your whole closet in a 20-kilogram piece of luggage?

“The answer is really simple. If you can’t pack light, pack smart,” says Lady Baltazar, a Dubai-based fashion and beauty influencer. “I love dressing up as much as I love travelling. And what I’ve learned after taking countless trips and hundreds of OOTD’s is to be really smart with what and how you pack.”

Getting ready for your next summer trip? Then these travel packing hints are great for you:

#1: Plan your outfits
Number one, and probably the most important part, is to plan what you’re going to wear for the duration of your trip. Planning doesn’t only allow you to pack smart, it saves you time and energy on selecting your outfit one by one during your trip.

#2: Use packing cubes
Packing cubes serve as your instant travel drawers while on a holiday. It helps you sort and organize your items according to type. You can easily pack your accessories, gadgets or toiletries without having to worry about forgetting where you actually placed them. Again, it saves you time and keeps your suitcase neat and tidy.

#3: Roll vs. Fold
It’s an old-age debate of which is actually better for packing. The answer is roll and fold. Rolling is great for thinner pieces of clothing like shirts and dresses as it saves space and helps make the clothes wrinkle-free. However for bulkier items such as sweaters, it is best to fold them rather than to roll.

#4: Travel-sized everything
Toiletries can sometimes take a lot of space in our suitcase. The best solution? Bring travel-sized products or transfer everything you need into travel-sized bottles. This way, you get to bring all your beauty essentials with you on your trip without sacrificing your favourite hand cream or hair styling cream.

#5: Wear bulkier items
Another tip you can try is to actually wear heavier or bulkier items instead of packing them. Got a cute coat you really need to get that perfect OOTD (outfit of the day) shot? Wear it to the airport; it can get pretty cold anyway. How about those bulky sneakers you just can’t leave behind? Time to flaunt it! However, if it feels uncomfortable to wear, you’ll have to think twice especially if you’re taking a long-haul flight.

#6: Weigh it
If you don’t want the hassle of unpacking and repacking again in the middle of the airport just because of overweight baggage, make sure to weigh your suitcase before actually checking your bags in at the airport. Can you imagine leaving a carefully planned dress behind? Definitely not!

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