The Easter holidays are just around the corner – make sure you get a bit of down time, by planning your escape now…
Travelling with children
Kids can be bored, anxious, and restless when it comes to travel. Smooth those holiday travel blues by being prepped before you depart. Here’s how…
Nine great travel tips – in no particular order
Take Travel Insurance
Pack less Stuff
Back Everything Up
Pack a Scarf
Take Lots of Photos
Smile & Say Hello
Eat Local Food
Say Yes Often
Flying? Arrive looking gorgeous
Wanna look great after a 12 hour flight – yip, it’s possible. Here’s how:
Don’t worry about fussing with decanting and rebottling your usual make-up remover into a small travel bottle, grab a little flat pack of good all in one makeup removing cleansing wipes. Cleaning as they say helps prevent wrinkles too, so spend some time (you have loads of it) giving your face a thorough wipe-down.
As we all know, flying is very dehydrating inside and out, so grab your favourite mist spritzer, and give your skin a good hydration boost. It’s also a great barrier between your face and all that nasty recycled air.
No, you don’t have to sit like a ghost with peepholes, or queen of the mud wrestling champs. There are a hundreds of “sleeping” face masks that go on translucent and quietly hydrate for hours. (Ask for a sample from one of your five brands, the perfect travel size.)
Now that your face is feeling hydrated, do the same with the rest of you! Though we know first-hand how tempting those mini-tipples can be, get yourself drinking as much water as you can too.
Pack a neck pillow, pop a tab (or half a tab) and when lights-out comes, make sure you join the sleepers. If you’re anti-sleeping pills for a particular reason try something else – even antihistamine tabs are great for dozing!
Hopefully you’ve snoozed for a good few hours and are somewhat closer to your destination. Have another face wipe and mist while you’re waiting for breakfast.
With clean hands (you can use those face wipes for that too), slather a liberal helping of oil onto your face, massaging it into your skin. Regardless of your skin type face oils actually work to add pure moisture back into your skin, rebalancing your skin’s modes of oil production and actually working to make you look less, ,
Once your destination is only an hour or so away, it’s time to get organised. Mist and wipe down your face one last time to prep your skin, and apply a little moisturizer. (Apply eye drops while you’re waiting for your moisturizer to sink in). Follow this with a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer of choice to create a clean, even base. Follow with a little concealer (even if you usually skip this step) just under your eyes and beside your nose.
Throw on some blusher – along your cheekbones. Colour in your lips and get those lashes looking long.
Your hair will need a once over too. Treat yourself to a spritz of your fave on-the-go scent. And don’t skip a glug from a mini mouthwash as soon as you’re near a loo.
Always envied those people who seem to travel light and still have it all? Kate Emmerson, SA’s very own Quick Shift Deva, speaker, life coach and author of Clear your Clutter and Ditch your Glitch, shares a few secrets on just how to do it.
Packing is about THINKING and pre planning.
Spread everything out on your bed and then reduce by 20 per cent for a start. If you make that a rule, BINGO you have won half the packing battle.
Know where you are going and what the weather is – seems SO obvious till you forget to do it.
Layering clothes is king – giving you options to change looks from day to night as well as react to weather shifts.
For women – accessories / pashminas (I always travel with three to create the illusion of more looks) transform an outfit, for men the tie or blazer does the same.
My nana was right! If you love folding your clothes, and have some important business meetings, USE TISSUE paper in between to prevent creasing OR create your full outfits for each day complete with accessories and pre – hang them on a hanger, cover total outfit in suit bag or those dry cleaning plastic covers. That way you simply open your suitcase and hang them in the cupboard and you do NOT have to think when on your business trip. Super snappy to unpack, usually allowing gravity to pull out a few travel wrinkles.
Try rolling your clothes for just one trip and see the difference – not just to creasing but to accessibility. That way you use your suitcase as a “shop” as everything is visible (can’t do that if it’s packed in layers, as you have no idea what is underneath the top layer). Aim to see 80% of your suitcase the moment it’s open and you have removed the top layer of jackets. Great if you are moving a lot and do NOT want to unpack every day. Roll items and place like with like.
Containerise – Separate smalls into separate bags or pouches – see through optimal so no searching – all socks in a bag, all undies, all tech gear, all medicines.
Pack your suitcase the same way each time so you never have to THINK where anything is.
If pushed for volume – use simple compression bags made for travelling – you only need to roll your clothes in them to remove air and volume – no harassing the concierge for the vacuum cleaner to suck air out.
Always decant toiletries into travel size. You KNOW you usually use the hotels freebies too, so don’t pack too much. BUY MORE there to prevent lugging excess volume. Some travellers opt to take no every day toiletries and purchase them at the airport at the destination if weight is a challenge on a specific trip.
Pack some items that you are ready to ditch, that way you can leave them in your destination to create space for any new items you purchase.
And as Nana always said – pack clothes that need little ironing. The cobbled streets outside are always far more interesting than looking for the ironing board attached to the inside of that cupboard that takes you ten minutes to wrench from the hook!
Have a great trip with these best of bloem winners:
Best Weekend Getaway (less than 5 hours away) – Cape Town
Best Weekend Getaway (less than 3 hours away) – Clarens
Best Local Hotel – City Living Boutique Hotel
Bloemfontein is limitless when it comes to possibilities. There’s something to do, eat, drink or buy every day of the week.
The Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards celebrates all this and more but, it also gives you the chance to tell us what and who’s the best of the best.