One of my least favourite bits about travelling is packing and unpacking. I am the worst packer: I end up doing it last minute, forget things and I always tend to take too little with me. And for some reason I usually pack something that I really don’t need because I did too little thinking or a lot of overthinking. These are some of my biggest misses:
(Too Many) Books
There was this one time I did a mini InterRail trip and took a 300+ pages book with me. I still don’t know why I would read Death in the Time of Cholera while trying to relax. Of course I didn’t want to leave it behind so I had to carry it around. Plus we all know it’s all about Cosmo and Glamour when on the road.
I figured that hand luggage for + 3 weeks on the road called for a laundry day sometime in the middle, so I brought a little bag of washing powder. I forgot about it and had to overpay for tabs at the laundrette. Then a few days after that the bag broke and it was in my toiletries bag. Ugh.
2 (!) pair of jeans. During summer. Why Tea, why?
Too many and unnecessary toiletries because I keep telling myself I really should do one day of doing nothing and staying in my room, putting on a hair mask, extra face cleanse … and have one of those pamper days. I don’t.
Hair dryer, curler and straightener
Same goes goes for my mini hair dryer, straightener and curl set … it’s even still sealed. It was actually one of those ‘ oh she travels so she must need one of these’ gifts. I am still sure one day I will need it.
My all time favourite shirt that was perfect for photo opportunities, but got ruined through a combination of sun, sunscreen, food and all those other things you don’t encounter during a week at the office. RIP.
Least Favourite Shirt
Or that one shirt that I bought in the sale but never ended up wearing. Turns out even being in a whole new country didn’t spark a magical love affair with it.
I’ve never been a guidebook person and especially with easy access Internet everywhere I find most of them unnecessary. As if I am going to check out everything from a (probably) outdated guidebook. I try to find my info and hotspots from other travellers, brochures at tourist information desks, friends and social media.
A few times I brought an extra lens for my camera, but I ended up just using the regular one because I just kept forgetting I had it with me. Thankfully the locations more than made up for it in terms of photos, so I didn’t notice in the end.
A beach towel, and what maybe even worse is that I took it to a country that doesn’t have a beach. It was one of those classic rookie mistakes . Now I have one of those microfibre towel and it’s one of the best inventions.
Sometimes I stare at my clothes and think: ”Well … maybe I will need it in that and that scenario” and I pack things like a fancy jacket. Even if I would end up in that scenario the jacket would be too wrinkly to wear. Not worth it.
Weather inappropriate clothes
When I went on my exchange to Finland (in January … where it was -20) I packed surf shorts. The only explanation is that I just had come back from Melbourne (where it was 40+ degrees and every day was a surf day) and it somehow got into my suitcase. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
What are your packing mistakes?