My Vacation Preparation Routine


One of my favorite things to do is travel. There is nothing more exciting than getting on a plane knowing that a new destination is waiting on the other side, ready to be explored. Over the years, I have developed a bit of a pre-travel routine and I want to share it with you all today.

Use a Packing List. There is nothing I hate more than arriving at my destination only to find out I’ve forgot to pack some of the essentials. Having a packing list helps minimize the chances of the important stuff being forgotten. Check out some of my favorite packing lists here and here

Outfit Plan. I like to go through my wardrobe and plan a few outfits for my trip. This prevents me from over packing and alleviates the hassle of deciding what to wear on vacation.

Utilize Your Carry-on Thoughtfully. There is nothing worse than starting your vacation and finding out that your luggage has been lost. Avoid the stress of having nothing to wear by keeping a few complete outfits in your carry-on.

Organize Travel Documents. Check your passport (months before) to ensure it hasn’t expired or been misplaced and keep it in a safe place with your flight and hotel itinerary. I can’t stress the importance of this step enough! One time, before travelling, the hubby and I realized that we had lost both our passports. After turning our house upside down without avail, we had to go to the passport offices and ask for a rush delivery.  Luckily enough, it arrived in time - but talk about stressful!

Bring Moisturizing Hair Care Products. Previously, I avoided packing extra shampoo and conditioner with me on vacation, knowing that most hotels provide it free. However, I’ve found that my hair tends to do weird things when I travel, especially to places with high humidity. I need products that will lock in moisture to avoid my hair from soaking up all the surrounding moisture from the environment. I’ll be taking this nutritive set by Keratase Paris to keep my hair in check. Not only will I be using the shampoo and conditioner, but also an oil-based serum to keep my hair looking healthy, full-bodied and smooth.



How do you prepare yourself for a vacation? Are there any beauty essentials you must bring with you? 

82 comments

  1. Great post, thx for sharing thse tips, hun.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. You're welcome babe! Glad you liked it!

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  2. Great tips girls

    xx LL

    www.lalouuula.com

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  3. A packing list is definitely so helpful! I always try to make one wherever I go

    www.prettyinleather.net

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  4. Great post darling ! I was used to do most of it but I'll try that Kerastase hair product because I have this wet feeling problem very often when I travel ! So thanks for the tip

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    1. Give it a try babe and see if it helps you! Let me know =)

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  5. A packing list is so helpful, Thanks for the tips.

    www.tessyonyia.com

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  6. Awesome tips! So helpful.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Kisses, Raysa

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  7. Some really great tips! I am actually the worst packer so I need all the help I can get!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

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  8. Amazing tips!

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  9. Hola guapa muy buenos días!
    Me ha encantado el post, fantástico. Un besazo.

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  10. Love to travel too, it's just the best! As for planning outfits, I make sure that every piece I bring goes with at least two other pieces. Of course I make exceptions for a dress for an evening out etc, but the main rule I stick to is that the piece works with other pieces. Like a shirt that works with both the skirt and pants I'm about the bring. Or a jumpsuit that works with both the hat and the necklace! Saves so much space and time and you always know that you'll look stylish! Xx

    www.thefashinfolks.com

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    1. That's such a smart way of packing. I always have photoshoots when I travel so I end up bringing tons with me! I need to get a little smarter with my styling though so I can bring less pieces and still have many looks, like you!

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  11. Lots of great tips here, I love bringing travel sized beauty products away with me too.


    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

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    1. Thanks babe! It's so much lighter to bring travel sized!

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  12. Sounds like you have an amazing plan. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  13. Such great tips! I love outfit planning. That is an extremely helpful one.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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    1. Me too, so much easier once you're on vacation!

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  14. Great round up, I'm so bad at packing and I travel quite often too. I love the idea of doing it in steps!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  15. I also love traveling and these are awesome tips, which I need to follow as I'll travel in two weeks.

    xo
    www.carinavardie.com

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    1. So happy to help! Where are you off to?

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  16. Oh, dear Rina, you are so well organised! But this makes really sense to me as I think if one doesn't organise a travel like you everything comes to not necessary stress.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. I try to be where I can =) I agree, travel should be stress-free so planning definitely helps with that!

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  17. i love this so much! you have such a great blog ;D

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  18. This is such a wonderful post! Have a nice day:)

    irenethayer.com

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  19. I rely SO heavily on my packing list! It saves me every time. :) Great tips, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  20. Great tips hun, at once stage I was travelling non stop all over S.A, but I have never been over seas though can you believe it ? I want to travel with my boyfriend one day and go on holiday more so I will keep these tips at hand for sure ;) xx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  21. Great tips - I always have to bring my own shampoo and conditioner, too! My hair is very thick and rebellious and the stuff they have in hotels just doesn't cut it for me. And outfit planning is such a good idea. I always struggle with packing clothes for trips, maybe packing outfits would be a bit easier for me. x

    alicered.co.uk

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    1. Oh it's so much easier to pack outfits! I usually try it on, take a photo of me in it then I just need to flip through my phone when I'm there like a digital outfit planner =)

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  22. My favorite part of packing is putting my outfits together! It's always so fun and inspiring. I usually wear stuff I normally wouldn't :)

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

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    1. Oh me too! It's a chance to really go all out if you want!

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  23. Great post! I think I've gotten better at organizing my carry-on but these tips are still much needed :)

    Xx
    Molly
    www.trendychickadee.com

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  24. Amazing tips love! I'm all about some list!

    Amanda | https://ASparklingStickyStyle.com

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  25. The products from keratase
    are so great! :)


    XX,

    www.ChristinaKey.com


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  26. I am in love with your photography! Lovely tips! Thank you for sharing <3

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

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    1. Aww Thanks Amelia.. I'm just really starting to get into it so that means a lot to me!

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  27. Great tips, thank you for sharing dear!

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  28. Great tips for travel! I always have to make a packign list or I am lost!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  29. I always plan my outfits out ahead of time as well! Otherwise I would just over pack, haha. These tips are fantastic!

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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    1. Oh me too! Always need to be over-prepared! lol

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  30. For me, planning the outfits is something I do way in advance! I'm obsessed with doing that, but being a fashion blogger, I think it's important!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. I totally agree. It's an absolute must, especially if you plan to take outfit photos for the blog while on vacation!

      xoxo Rina
      http://www.andshedressed.com

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  31. Great post! Thanks for sharing these tips!
    I always rely on a packing list too!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

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  32. Thanks for sharing this tips. I do the same thing as you've written, but honestly I sometimes forget something. Lol!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. No problem babe! I almost always forget something still even with my extensive packing list and preparation lol.. so frustrating!

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  33. Such a great post! I think having a packing list is very important and it's so useful to go through the outfits a bit. Otherwise you'll have to decide everything on holiday and I prefer to relax myself during this time :)
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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    1. That's my point's exactly.. All I want to do is relax and not think! lol

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  34. Great post and points here darling! I would love to stick with a packing list and outfit planning, to avoid paying big bucks on overweight luggages (story of my life), and to carry a good selection of moisturisers! So important after spending hours on a dry airline cabin!
    Thank you for sharing Rina!
    xx
    Stella
    www.stellaasteria.com

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    1. I agree! My luggage is always so close to the max weight, I can't help it! And that's with outfit planning! lol

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  35. Great tips!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  36. Great list! I do plan my outfit in hopes that it helps me avoid over packing.
    www.comfycozyup.com

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    1. Such an important thing too! Also so you don't need to think of what to wear during your trip!

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  37. As a travel blogger, this post totally caught my eye haha. I love your routine! I have one similar. Though I will admit, I pack like five hours before my flight and I stay up all night doing so. Not the best strategy, but some things just won't change. ;p

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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