Tips when studying abroad

I am always looking for ways to help me pack and travel as efficiently as possible. One thing I know for sure is that I’m one of those women that struggle with what to bring, and more importantly making sure that I have the right thing to wear. I tend to be a bargain hunter and when traveling to a tourist destination, the clothes options tend to be a mixed bag of overpriced to items that I would never wear.
So, depending on the climate (you can usually find me by a beach) this will dictate what I bring. In Hawaii I tend to leave all of my warm clothes behind. With the exception of one pair of jeans and a light sweater, I’ve found that unless I want to stick out like a tourist, I dress fairly similar to what you find the locals wearing: flip-flops (or as the locals say, slippers), shorts, t-shirts, hats, and of course, I spruce it all up with an attitude full of aloha that ties it all together.
A general rule of thumb I follow when traveling is to pack light. I pack clothes that are comfortable and appropriate. If I’m only going to be gone for a week, I pack 3 bottoms, 3 tops per bottom, a dress, a light sweater, and at least 2 pairs of shoes that will work with any outfit. Hotels usually have a laundry service and I always like to make sure I have room in my suitcase for my souvenirs.
One other thing I do is to bundle my clothes. I am all about saving space and traveling as light as possible. There’s nothing worse than getting off of a 5 hour flight to then be standing at the baggage claim wrestling with over packed suitcases. I’m the gal you see that is out of the airport and in a cab while everyone is still waiting for their luggage to come down the turnstile.
Happy Light Travels!

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