The holidays are around the corner, which means in no time we will be scattering to some remote coastal town in South Africa or, if you are lucky, getting on a plain to a foreign country. So to help you prepare I have teamed up with Neutrogena to put together my top 10 travel hacks that will make your trip as comfy as possible.
PLUS WIN a hamper worth R1180, including the entire Neutrogena Hydro Boost range AND a Country Road tog bag! Scroll down for details.
1. Stock up on cleansing wipes and micellar water
Waterless cleansers are incredibly convenient, especially when you are travelling. Neutrogena recently launched their new Hydro Boost range, which includes Facial Wipes and Micellar Water. This skincare system has been built on hyaluronic acid, a brilliant ingredient that draws moisture towards it and keeps it against your skin for consistent hydration.
The range is great for summer, with lightweight moisturisers and cleansers that don’t strip your skin. Grab these at premium mass retailers like Clicks, Dis-Chem and Foschini. The Facial Wipes and Micellar Water go for a bargain R99,95 each.
2. Save space by rolling your clothes instead of folding them
This saves a ton of space and I have also found my clothes come out less wrinkled on the other side compared to when I fold them. Pack smaller items into all the little corners and nooks, and push underwear into your shoes.
3. Make sure your bag is balanced and weighted towards the bottom
Pack your shoes heel-to-toe to save space and then pack them along with any other heavy items towards the bottom end of your bag. This will help to balance your bag so that it doesn’t topple over.
4. Pack cloth shopping bags for dirty clothes
Cloth grocery bags are convenient for separating dirty items like underwear and shoes from the rest of your clean clothes in your suitcase.
5. Pack zip lock bags for wet items
Zip lock bags are a travelling essential. They are particularly handy to keep wet items separate. Use them to store wash cloths, loofas or swim suits when you go from one destination to the next, and then hang the items out to dry as soon as you reach your next stop.
6. Push the air out of your bottles
If you are flying, remember to push the air out of your bottles. Air expands at a higher altitude, which is why bottles often explode in your bag. To prevent this from happening, push all the air out and then clip the cap shut. To be extra cautious, you should also keep any liquids in zip lock bags.
7. Prevent jewellery chains from tangling
This is a really neat trick I learnt from Emmy over at Rouge Beauty. To prevent jewellery chains from tangling, run one end into a drinking straw and then fasten the clip together again.
8. Keep your bobby pins together
When I’m travelling I prefer to have my hair up in a bun and out of my face, so bobby pins are an essential. Keep them organised in small glass bottles or empty mint containers.
9. Keep cold water at hand
If you are going on a road trip, use this hack to have cold water for the road. Fill a water bottle halfway and pop it on its side in the freezer. When you are ready to leave, fill the bottle up with normal water. That way you instantly have ice cold water to drink.
10. Pack a small bag with all your essentials
I carry face wipes, my contact lense water and my glasses, eyedrops, hand cream, a book, my cellphone, earphones, tissues, roll-on, a hairband, bobby pins, chewing gum, my passport (when travelling internationally) and a pen.
I hope you found a couple of tips you can use on your next trip! Happy holidays!
One lucky 9Lives reader will win a hamper worth R1180, including the entire Neutrogena Hydro Boost range AND a Country Road tog bag! To enter, share your top travel hack. Pop it in the comments section below or send me a mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Competition closes 13 December
*This post has been sponsored by Neutrogena