Hi lovelies, and welcome back! Today I’ll be talking to you about how to plan for travelling. Specifically, how I like to plan for a holiday or journey. Hopefully my tips can help you, too!
At the end of July, I was in Reykjavik. I’ve never been to Iceland before, and I was really excited to visit. My boyfriend was travelling back from a competition in LA, and it was cheaper from him to fly into Iceland and then back to Edinburgh, so we thought, why don’t we turn it into a holiday? I met him there and we spent 5 days in Reykjavik, before coming back to Edinburgh together. Stay tuned for that blog post!
The first thing I do is write a list. Actually, write many lists. I know if I leave it to last minute and try and get everything together, there will be something that I’ll forget. So, I’ll split the list into different categories, usually being: what to pack in my luggage, what to pack in my hand luggage, and what I need to do or buy before I go.
This time I’ve split it up into smaller sections, since I am really busy right now and I want to make sure I don’t forget anything. I’ve written a list of clothes I need to pack, toiletries I need to pack, what I want to put in my hand luggage and what I need to do before I go.
I’m going for 5 days, and fly home on the 6th day, so I want to bring enough clothes to do me for this time, both day and night. This doesn’t necessarily mean I will be changing into my “night” outfits every single night – we may be out all day and I won’t get the opportunity to go back and do this. But since weather can be unpredictable, and we may want to shower and change during the day, I think this is sensible. Because of this, I also like to bring enough underwear so that if I do shower and change every evening, I have enough clean underwear to change into.
I’ll be bringing a variety of very casual and slightly nicer clothes. Nothing fancy, but something I’ll feel comfortable in, but also feel good in, too. I also feel a pair of trainers and one other pair of sandals is definitely enough for 5 days. Last summer I went travelling for 3 weeks and I’m pretty sure I wore the same pair of trainers the entire time. So maybe 2 pairs of shoes for 5 days is overkill, but I’d like the option to change between the two!
This is where I will more often than not forget something. On that same 3 week trip I did last year, I forgot shower gel… an essential, and I completely forgot it! Obviously I went out and bought some, and there is nothing stopping me from doing that in Reykjavik when I go, but since I have so many minis at home (and Reykjavik is expensive) I’d rather just bring my own.
I’ll definitely be bringing loads of travel sized pieces with me. There is no point in wasting room in my luggage with full sized bottles of shower gel or shampoo, when I can buy just the right amount for my holiday, and save money and space! I usually go to Boots for this as they do 3 for 2 on travel minis, but I have a lot of freebies from in-store deals, or pieces from my Birchbox that I’m excited to take with me!
This one isn’t that easy to forget what you need, but somehow I know I’ll manage it! I have visions of me forgetting to bring my contraceptive pill after not seeing my boyfriend for around 3 weeks. Hence why I have wrote. that. shit. down. I’ll also be damned if I forget my travel money and passport. And I’d like to have my camera in my hand luggage, too, so I can take photos ASAP and not dig around my case for it!
This part is the most important for me; preparing so that all the smaller but crucial things are done before I go on holiday. Like charging my camera batteries, making sure my SD cards have plenty of space, planning and booking tours and activities to do, making sure I have the correct currency, etc…
I don’t want to turn up with no money, and no idea what to do! I’d hate to waste a day trying to figure out what I can actually see in that particular city, or waste a morning trying to make a decision with my boyfriend on what we should do for that day. Obviously, you don’t need to write and stick to a meticulous plan, unless that works for you. But just having a plan that you can work to, but also have a bit more freedom with if you decide you want to do something else, is great!
I also find it beneficial to book some tours before you go, as well. Sometimes it can be done once you arrive in the city, but if I can find a reputable tour that is decently priced, it can also be better to book in advance. Especially if the tours are popular, to avoid disappointment!
Thank you for reading, and I hope these tips can help you if you’re planning a trip sometime soon! Stay tuned for my blog post about my time in Reykjavik!
Where have you been on holiday this summer, or where are you planning to go soon?