Travel industry rockstar, writer, media specialist and director at Big Ambitions (her own travel and online media marketing agency), Natalia Rosa is a seasoned world traveller and local and international travel and tourism expert. Jumping on and off transcontinental (and local) flights is second nature to her, so the Sawubona team asked for her five ultimate packing tips – and she threw in an extra one for good measure
1. Always carry a change of clothes in your hand luggage and some essentials such as a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste, etc. On a recent trip to Nigeria, my luggage was recovered three days after my arrival and with no access to shops in the vicinity, I was left high and dry.
2. Watching the black bags zoom round and round the baggage carousel? On more than one occasion, I’ve missed my bag because it looked like every other one on the carousel. Pink is the new black when it comes to bags, so tag yours with a brightly coloured ribbon.
3. If you’re travelling with a partner, split your belongings between the checked baggage, so if one case goes AWOL, you will both still have some clothing and toiletries.
4. Make use of empty spaces. Bunch your socks, underwear and other small items up and stuff them into your shoes so that every millimetre of space is filled!
5. Pack a scarf, sarong or kikoyi. These are so versatile and can be used to keep you warm or cover up if required. You can also wear them as skirts, or even to sit on if you don’t trust a surface.
And that bonus tip…
6. In addition to packing all your relevant docs, ensure that you have also scanned them and uploaded them to a Dropbox folder so that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll have access to them.