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Packing your luggage for a holiday or a business trip can be very frustrating and confusing at the best of times. Trying to anticipate the weather and activities ahead, while being conscious of not taking too much with you is not easy. Add to this the complications of travelling abroad and it is easy to leave something essential behind.
This article provides some guidelines of what to pack when travelling and provides a downloadable packing checklist for travelling light.

Tips for the ladies:
When packing, we tend to want to take all our favourite things with us – and end up with enough clothing for a three month trip – and everyone complains about the amount of luggage they are lifting and carrying. The worst scenario is when we have no one to help us – and if we are overseas, the amount of walking, train stations, staircases and such that have to be negotiated – and with a heavy suitcase – will have us in a state of despair. So how do we begin to plan what to pack?

Remember this one important fact – NO ONE NOTICES NEUTRALS – eyes go to lights and brights, so your blouses, shirts, scarves, ties etc., should be the focus of attention. So mix and match will work best for travelling – and this is how to keep your luggage light:-

  1. Choose one neutral (black, brown, beige or navy) so you only need one matching handbag. Then select, in the same neutral, if you need walking shoes, sandals, court shoes, boots. (Always wear your boots to travel in, if you can, as they are heavy and bulky to pack)
  2. Pack four “bottoms” – slacks, jeans, skirts – in your chosen neutral (or that harmonise with your shoes)
  3. Pack a total of 10 “tops” – choose different coloured shirts, t-shirts, blouses, that match or harmonise with your “bottoms”. Pack cardigan and/or a jacket in your chosen neutral.
  4. Throw in some harmonising or contrasting silk scarves and pashminas and some fun, colourful costume jewellery.
  5. Underwear, pyjamas
  6. Swimwear, sunglasses
  7. If you need a warm coat, then carry this with you as you will probably need to wear it when you arrive at your destination. It is sometimes hard to imagine feeling cold if you are travelling from Durban to Johannesburg in winter, or from sunny South African to Europe. But you can be sure that you WILL need something warm.
  8. Don’t forget a travel hairdryer (110&220v options), hairbrush, your skin lotions, make-up (I keep an entire set packed ready for travelling because too often I have popped my mascara back into its place in my dressing table drawer and left without it!)
  9. Sun creams, insect repellent, hand wipes, small zip lock bag with hand washing powder


Keep your camera, cell phone, tablet etc., on your person at all times, and any “good” jewellery.
Don’t forget your passport – check the expiry date and that you have at least two clear pages left and if travelling overseas, then at least 6 months before expiry.

If you are travelling with children, ensure that you have their unabridged birth certificates with you for your easy departure and return to South Africa. Only one parent travelling with the children?  See full requirements here.

Click here for our downloadable packing list and hints on HOW to pack for a crease free arrival..
Now you know what and how, it’s up to you to choose your when and where! And if it’s to Johannesburg you are heading and you need to be in the northern suburbs, then we would be delighted to welcome you to Ninety North!