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There are a few places that I've been itching to visit: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin are a few that come to mind, and as I get nearer to jetting off into the big blue I thought I'd share some of my top tips for travelling light to one of my top destinations, New York City.
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1. First choose the right luggage, for those long weekends abroad it's easy to get carried away and pack everything but the kitchen sink, when actually all you need is a carry on case like this TRIPP Cabin Luggage from Debenhams which will allow you to jump all those airport cues when you check in online.
2. To save time going through airport security make sure you carry any toiletries in a transparent wash bag, allowing all your essentials to be viewed at the same time. It is also worth noting that you can't take any liquid based products over 100ml on a plane, so buy the travel size version of your usual products, this will save space in your case as well as time at airport security.
Roberto Vianni wedge sandals which are on trend and look perfect teamed up with a little black dress, but equally work well with skinny jeans if you want to style it up during the day. Packing only one pair of shoes in your case while wearing the other pair will save room and keep your case light.
4. When deciding on what clothes to pack, take a moment to go through your outfits and choose items that can be mixed and matched. This will allow you to minimise the amount you take with you and make it easier for you to get ready quickly while abroad. One of my must takes is a pair of black skinny jeans, by packing a few different tops and some statement jewellery you can dress them up or down depending on your mood. Wear them with pumps and a vest during the day for a casual look or team with wedge sandals, gold jewellery and a silk floral kimono jacket for something a bit more chic. Black tends to go with everything so it's a must have for travelling.
5. Always take swimwear! You never know when it might come in handy. Imagine sipping cocktails on a roof top pool with the city bustling below or heading out to the Lido on Staten Island, it feels like a scene out of Sex in the City. I love my Green Tropical Ruched Bikini which allows me to be ready for a quick dip wherever I am.
6. While travelling light be sure to take these four important things:
• Passport. You would be surprised at how many people miss their flight due to a misplaced passport. Be sure to carry this on your person rather than in your case.
• A Guide Book with map. Almost everyone has google maps at their finger tips and various travel apps to find those cool places off the beaten track, call me old skool but I find it useful to have a travel guide to hand with my must see places highlighted, so if my phone runs out of battery when I'm out and about I'm still able to navigate the streets and find that famous NYC coffee house you were desperate to go check out. Plus I always like to scribble notes in mine which makes it a nice memento to keep from the holiday.
• A Small Notepad/Phone Book for keeping those all important numbers safe. It's best to write down the hotel/apartment address and postcode, telephone number as well as the number of your foreign office and your passport details. These can be a lifesaver if you find yourself lost or in trouble.
• A Good Book. This item is a must, it will keep you occupied on the flight, it can be used as a companion if dining alone, a conversation starter when meeting new people, a tool to reject unwanted attention, and a good excuse to sit back, relax and soak in the city.
7. When packing split the case into two sections, one side for clothes, and the other side for shoes, toiletries, books and camera. This way you can ensure you haven't overpacked and simultaneously makes everything easy to find.
8. I always take my Mini Diana Lomo camera with me when travelling, there's something so gratifying about shooting on film and it's aways a great surprise to see the developed images when you're back at home. I find this a great way to appease those post holiday blues.
Now I've packed my case I can't wait to jet off on an adventure. I'll be posting some travel tips on Twitter with the hashtag #travellight Why not join in and let me know what your top tips for travelling light are using.
This post is in collaboration with Debenhams