Planning for a trip abroad can be hard. There are usually a lot of things you have to do before you leave, and packing can take a backseat. If you're a last minute packer, like me, you're often worried about forgetting something important, and this can lead to over-packing.
There are plenty of things you don't need to take on your vacation, no matter where you're going. However, when you're going abroad, there are things that just waste space.
Here are 5 things you should leave at home:
1) Hair Tools
Blow dryers, straighteners, curling irons, etc., just leave them at home. If you’re traveling overseas there’s
a good chance you won’t be able to plug yours in. Besides, most hotels at least have hair dryers in the rooms.
2) Your Entire Hair Care Routine
Hotels provide shampoo and conditioner. If you have hair that doesn’t mesh well with cheap shampoos, think hair that turns to frizz with no provocation, by all mean bring your own. But you don’t need every mousse, gel and spray you own. You’re hair can be imperfect for a week.
3) All Your Makeup
Keep it simple, 1 or 2 lipsticks/gloss, foundation, eye makeup. You really don’t need more. Also keep in mind that you'll have to check you're makeup bag if you bring a lot or use liquid makeups, and you really don't want to risk losing everything.
4) Personal Computer
Unless you’re on a business trip you don’t need to bring your laptop. If you do bring it you’re risking
damage, loss, or theft, especially with the new travel restrictions that they’re now considering expanding. Better just to leave it at home and use internet cafes or the computers at your hotel.
5) More than One Just-in-Case Outfit
Hopefully you have your itinerary mostly planned. Unexpected opportunities crop up, but you shouldn’t pack on that basis. If you’re not sure how to pack here is an article to help you get started. If something does come up, most cities have relatively cheap second-hand clothing stores.