Smart Packing Essentials: Twelve Tips for Effortless Travel

Twelve Tips for Effortless Travel

Embarking on a journey soon? Whether you're a seasoned traveller or planning your first adventure, mastering the art of versatile and efficient packing is essential. In this blog, "Twelve Tips for Effortless Travel", we'll explore practical advice to ensure your travel experience is not only seamless but also stylish. From luggage choices to dual-purpose cosmetics, we've got you covered for a hassle-free and enjoyable journey.


Twelve Tips for Effortless Travel

Mid-sized suitcases are the best to use even for longer trips as they are easier to handle and transport via taxis and rental cars. Cabin bags which can double as laptop bags are best if they can slip over the handle of your suitcase for ease of handling at airports. If you are doing a lot of sightseeing you may wish to take a backpack - Depending on the type of trip you are embarking on a small backpack can also double as a purse or a larger backpack as a cabin bag. Click here for the best luggage brands for 2024.

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packing cubes


Packing cubes are a great way to keep your clothing and items tidy and organised. You can sort them it categories - Trousers, tops, outerwear, underwear, accessories, chargers, paperwork etc.  Ensure the packing cubes are lightweight and waterproof so that they dont add to the weight and hold toiletries. Here are some items from Globe Packers.

Rather than taking a separate laptop or iPad bag keep these in your smaller cabin bag. Take your medications with you in here in case of lost luggage. Also for this reason it is a good idea to have a change of undergarments, toothbrush, toothpaste and travel-sized essential toiletries. Take a pair of socks for comfort in your cabin bag for comfort on long flights. Most business class flights offer socks but these are handy to have on your trip anyway.

If you are a shopper when travelling you could take a smaller empty case inside a larger case. A fabulous extra bag which folds down to a tiny, easy to fold square shape which is completely machine washable is the Foldie. You can order the Foldie bag at a 10% discount through this link.


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Considering the climate of your destination is crucial among the twelve tips for effortless travel. Packing appropriate clothing for the weather ensures a comfortable and enjoyable journey.


Pack a “crushable” hat in a versatile colour which will go with everything. Remember your 50+ sunscreen, swimmers and lightweight cool clothing in fabric which doesn’t crush too much such as rayon, cotton and linen blends, bamboo, viscose. Nylon and polyester fabric is lightweight and quick to dry if you are handwashing.

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squashable hat


Although nylon and polyester is synthetic it is  moisture wicking to keep skin dry and these fabrics are very wrinkle resistant. Tencel is another fabric which is easy to wear, travel with and dries quickly. Mela Purdie and Wyse are two designer stores which come to mind for easy care quality travel garments.


Depending on average temperature thermal wear is a good way to go as it is lightweight and warm. Merino wool is also lightweight and fine texture. If your priority is lightweight and packability, a down puffer jacket is usually the better choice than feather.

Look for jackets with high fill power, as it indicates the quality and loftiness of the down. A higher fill power means better insulation and compressibility. Down jackets are excellent for cold weather while still being lightweight and easy to carry. Some even pack up into a small square pocket size.

See stores like Anaconda  and Icebreaker


Scarves and pashminas are versatile and add some lightweight warmth and sophistication. Check Cara Cashmere for beautiful scarves for all climates.

Layering is the key when it comes to climates which are changeable. In cold climates, venues and stores typically have heating, prompting you to shed coats and layers once indoors. In hot climates, high air conditioning may necessitate wearing something light over your shoulders for indoor warmth.

Double the Use Denim

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double-sided jean


Jeans will probably be on most people’s packing list because of their versatility. Something which can save on space are the reversible jeans with a pattern on one side and plain denim on the other. This way you can have two different looks. Reversible jeans are available here.


One of the most valuable rules among the twelve tips for effortless travel is the "3 pairs of shoes" rule. It's a handy guideline to follow when packing for your journey: one pair of comfortable shoes, one pair of smart casual shoes, and one pair of dressier footwear.

If you are wanting some lightweight shoes which are great for wearing on the plane, slip-on sneakers are the best. Choose a neutral-coloured shoes that can be worn with dresses or pants, offering versatility for travel. Frankie4 have some easy-to-wear and comfortable shoes like from the Grundy Shoes Collection.

Cosmetics with a Dual Purpose

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At a a pinch there are a few items which you can use as dual purpose if you are short on space such as:

1. A touch of lipstick as blush

2. Primer can be used to smooth down frizzy fly-away hair

3. All in one makeup palette can be used to save space and time - mini palettes are available which can be customised to suit your individual colouring.


left: travel-sized hairdryer, right: fold-up hairbrush


Take a good shampoo and conditioner as hotel products may not be right for your hair. Travel sized hairdryers are handy as is a travel sized hair straightener. It is good to take a small fold up hairbrush in your cabin bag which has a mirror attached for a quick tidy up during and after a flight.

Freshening Up

Whether you are going for a week, two weeks or longer you can pack similar amounts of clothing and wash clothing in between. This is another reason to pack only light easy to dry clothes.

The best way to feel fresh after a day of travelling and showering is to at least be able to change undergarments. So always ensure that you have a good supply to allow for changes after showering. Facial wipes are also good to carry with you for a quick freshen up. Take a large plastic bag with you for laundry items as you go.


Exercise bands are a great idea - they can be as effective as using weights. Here is some information about the benefits of using resistance bands. Also you don’t always need to go to a gym. Here is an easy set of exercises that can be done in a hotel room with no equipment

Co-Ordinate Your Colours

One of the best ideas when packing for travel is to ensure that all your garments can be worn with each other. It is a good idea to stick to a neutral colour palette for your basics and add colour with your accessories and extras. If you aren’t sure about which neutrals or colours suit you best contact Moana Robinson for a chat to see how she can assist you prepare for your upcoming travel.

Passports and Travel Information

Load itineraries onto your phone or laptop prior to departure. Most airlines have downloadable boarding passes. Ensure you leave copies of valuable documents with someone before you leave. Examples include documentation, passports, credit card details, licence, etc.

Travel cards offer several advantages over credit cards with the ability to load multiple foreign currencies.  They have the option for emergency assistance.

Check List

As you think of items that you would like to take on your trip put them aside next to your suitcase or cabin bag. Keep your bathroom bag out as you use daily skincare and cosmetics. So that you ensure you know what you are taking is what you actually do use.

Make a packing list and check it off before you go. Here is a packing list that you can use as a guide next time you are travelling.

Implementing these twelve tips for effortless travel will surely enhance your journey, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience. Bon voyage and safe travels!

MOANA.SHOPSHARE.TV Advice for You- Casual Comfort Shoes for Travel


Choosing the right shoes for your travels is crucial for comfort and enjoyment. Check Moana's Shopboard collection offers a curated selection of casual shoes for an effortless travel, ensuring you step out with confidence and ease on every adventure.  Check Moana's Casual Comfort Shoes for Travel Shopboard.

For more shopping boards featuring garments and accessories, check Moana's Shopshare Board at MOANA.SHOPSHARE.TV.

B Styled for Life offers styling techniques for all body shapes and proportions. If you are looking for clothing to complete your wardrobe Moana can assist. Shopshare videos also contain styling tips.

Moana provides a service to find garments for you depending on your colouring, body shape and style personality. Also, if you have a special event Moana can put together some suggestions for you. You may contact Moana or leave a message below.  

Moana Robinson The Sassy Stylist from B Styled for Life can help you with Colour and Style challenges including suggestions for clothing and accessories for your lifestyle, body shape and body proportions. Contact Moana today to enquire about booking a session either online or in person.

If we feel good, we look good, and if we look, good we feel good.

What is your Style Personality quiz saves you time to discover or confirm your natural fashion style. As a result, you will enjoy every aspect of your image and personal styling. During the session, you will always feel comfortable in what you are wearing if you dress according to your own style.

Being the best you can be for your age is the healthy way to be. Look congruent with yourself! Discover the incredible range of Moana's offerings, from bespoke gift vouchers to captivating books, enriching online courses, and exquisite personal styling services. Elevate your experience with us today!


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8 Body Shape has a very voluptuous and curvy silhouette. — Moana Robinson, B Styled for Life
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