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Packing essentials

Packing tips
When I thought up this blog post about how to pack and get ready to travel without losing your head, I hesitated. After all, this doesn’t really have anything to do with baking. Plus, who am I to tell you how to pack your bags and do you even care?
Well, I am someone who has packed and traveled a fair bit. I am also a girl who has found herself many a time in a foreign country, missing one thing or another. So, I guess that kind of makes me into somebody who can write to you about how to pack well. Whether or not you want to read about this is another story altogether, but bear with me. I have a few things to share.
The deal breaker came when I traveled to Toronto for the Food Bloggers of Canada 2013 conference. Over the course of the weekend, several people pointed to my coffee- (or tea-) filled travel mug and exclaimed “what a good idea! I didn’t even think to bring mine!” And so, I decided to share this post with you.
Here are a few items that I think are essential to packing so that you can enjoy your trip without the disappointment of discovering you forgot something at home.
Packing tips
  1. Pack this” notepad ($6.75). At first glance, I thought this notepad was ridiculous. Then, I bought it, and it turns out it was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I tend to be a last minute packer (surprise, surprise). So, what I like to do is tick off all the items I need to pack the night before bed, then in the morning, I just follow the list and toss everything into my luggage. The list includes everything from various types of chargers, to travel documents and even pain reliever. It’s awesome. Buy one. (image: Amazon)
  2. Pashmina or large scarf ($10–$15). There’s nothing worse than being cold and having nothing around to fix that. I often end up cold at some point during my travels, whether by car or by plane, so I always pack a scarf or pashmina to warm me up. Pashmina’s are especially useful because they can act as a small blanket. (image: Target)
  3. Water bottle ($32). Bring a water bottle to fill on the other side of security. Because I tend to be a bit of an environmental nut, I almost always have my water bottle on me, even when I’m in the city. Just make sure to buy one with a large opening to make cleaning a breeze, and preferably made of glass or BPA-free plastic. Make sure it’s empty before crossing airport security, and fill it up on the other side. (image: lululemon)
  4. Travel mug ($10.50). E and I bought matching San Francisco travel mugs in 2011 from some kitchy tourist shop. Personally, I gravitate towards travel mugs like it, that don’t have handles but that have a lid that you can take apart for easy cleaning. This mug might not be the best at retaining heat, but quite frankly, when I’m travelling, I guzzle my beverages because I’m so thirsty. Again, fill it up after you pass airport security. (image: Smith Novelty)
  5. Snacks. I can’t stress the importance of packing snacks before heading out. First of all, it’s a great way to save TONS of money, and secondly, it’s the best way to control what goes in your tummy while you travel so that you can stay healthy. (image: Kitchen Heals Soul)

Do you have any tips or trips on packing? I’d love to hear them!

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4 Responses to Packing essentials

  1. Melissa April 17, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    I definitely needed a travel mug this weekend. Those tiny hotel tea cups were not good for caffeinating.

    • Janice Lawandi April 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      I know! The dainty tea cups just don’t cut it when you are used to a giant mug of tea in the morning!

  2. Mardi Michels April 17, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Janice – I think this makes me love you even more than I already did if that’s possible! I normally travel with ALL of those things but did not manage a single thing this weekend! I think I need that notepad! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for everything this weekend!

    • Janice Lawandi April 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      The packing notepad was life-changing for me. Seriously! Almost everything I would want to pack is on the list, so it allows me to get organized before packing. Plus, I love lists 😉