In Travel Newbie Q&A, Travel Fashion Girl answers questions from new travelers uncertain about how to pack their lives into one backpack. A daunting task for all travelers, TFG is here to help answer your packing woes.
Depending on your packing strategy and style, pack a mix of 4-6 tops. Remember, pack things that you like to wear. You can always buy necessary clothes along the way. Don’t pack items you wouldn’t wear at home. This is a nice sampling of tops for the varying temperatures and setting in Latin America (of course, not for trend purpose but style ideas you can customize):
The key to beauty products is to carry small sizes and to buy as you go. Don’t attempt to cram a year’s worth of beauty products from the beginning. You can replace most general drug store brands almost anywhere in the world. Nivea tends to be the one most commonly available.
My personal beauty must have is a face scrub. With so much dust and sweat, it’s nice to have a fresh clean face when you wash.
The only styling tool I use (no mini-flat iron for me) is a leave-in conditioner by the name of Abba. It literally saves lives.
It’s a heavy duty conditioner for damaged hair so just a tiny dab goes a long way. It helps fight frizz, smoothens, and adds shine. A 3oz bottle lasts months!
Although I only travel with a sleeping bag when needed (Africa overland camping or Peru trek), a sleeping bag can be good idea depending on your planned activities such as trekking or camping. Ditch it when you’re done.
If you plan to travel in areas that are particularly cold you will find that the majority of hostels or guesthouses have warm blankets. A hostel in Johannesburg once gave me an electric blanket because it was so cold it was snowing.
An easier alternative to a sleeping bag is a sleeping bag liner. It’s super light and handy in hostels. Silk liners are lightweight but expensive. Cotton liners are cheaper but can be big and heavy. I recommend traveling with a liner made from microfiber material that is lightweight, effective, and a good price.
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Thanks for submitting your questions Leeah! I hope this answered your questions and helped out other new travelers out there!