Question for all the girls!!!

Travel Forums Travel Gear Question for all the girls!!!

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1. Posted by Jay_9 (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im travelling around Auz for 9 months and Thailand for 3 (Working in Auz)
My friend laughed at me when i said i was going to take my hair straightners and hair dryer. Am i being really girly or will i actually need them. I cant live without them in England!
Will they just get in the way because of limited space in the backpack?

ALSO... I am planning to take a pair of trainers, 2 pairs of flip flops and some dressy shoes. Is this enough or too much? or just simply wrong?

ALSO... If there is any advice on what to take (Maybe you didnt realise you needed something untill you got there) please could you let me know ie. bumbag... yes or no? Auz men... yes or no? ;)

Id be greatfull for any advice


2. Posted by clover329 (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well, I have only been out of the country Europe for 12 days, and when I got there I realized I packed too much. I did not, however bring a hair dryer and wish I had. My hair is stick straight, so I don't use a flat iron. You can get small travel hair dryers that fold up, tho. Try Brookstone, LL Bean, Lands End, or even a local pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, possibly even Walmart/Target?

As for the clothes/shoes, try not to bring "outfits", but pieces that can be mixed and matched. Check out the packing lists in the "Travel Help" section on here, it looks like a very good list. Flip flops are small and light enough to not really worry about bringing too many, but 2 should be good. Since you will be gone for a longer period than I was/will, you will be able to do laundry, so use that to your advantage.

My last trip, I wore a pair of black shoes, brought sneakers and a pair of boots (knee-high/dressy). I wore the sneakers the whole time. I just bought 2 new pairs of shoes (see my recent thread on walking/stylish shoes) that I plan on wearing on my next trip. I should only need those 2 pairs.

Also remember...Black is your friend when traveling...also jeans. Try not to bring clothes that show dirt easily, or require frequent ironing (ie Linen). Since I didn't do laundry at all, I bought a travel size bottle of Febreeze and spritzed my clothes with it every night when we got back to the hotel, I then hung the clothes upt to dry/air out and that worked wonderfully. You can also spray them and hit them with the hair dryer, gives your clothes a "dryer fresh" smell even though you've been wearing them for days. LOL.

Anyway, good luck and have fun!


3. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi J! It depends on what work you are doing in Auz I guess! Do you need to be smart?? I'm going to Asia for 8 months and taking 1 pair flip flops and a pair of trainers. No hairdryer, no straighteners. For me, it's all part of the traveling experience - going without my usual luxuries and, for once, going au natural! When I've travelled before, I've not used half the stuff I've packed and it's usually the smarter things that come back clean.

P.S I'm still taking nail polish though!!!! Mind you, it doesn't exactly take up much space. I'll probably bin it after a few weeks!

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Have a look at the packing list and packing tips in the "tools" part of this page. It's a great list and it has helped me a lot.

5. Posted by Jay_9 (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone, i think i need to take a look at my clothes and see what ones match up as i have a lot of outfits (Me being girly again i only seem to have outfits) rather than mix and match clothes. PANIK I have loads of white shorts and tops, what was i thinking!!
As for work, i havn't got a job but was hoping to get a bar job which spurs on another question: What would i need for that, just casual clothes and flip flops i guess?? or would you recomend smart shoes?
I may take my hair straightners now as i am thinking how BADLY frizzy my hair goes but to save space ill get a travel hairdryer.
Thanks again and enjoy your travels

6. Posted by LauraMC (Inactive 30 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Clover, black is the way to go when travelling. If you think black looks dull, just bring along some sparkly clips, funky earrings and a scarf that can double as a belt to accessorize. I'd stay away from White clothing as it stains pretty fast and then looks gross.
If you have a larger shoe size than normal, I would suggest stocking up on shoes before you leave. Otherwise, you can buy great cheap shoes (and knockoffs) when travelling especially in Thailand.

7. Posted by StaceyG (Inactive 250 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey there, been in Oz for few months now and I am working. If you dont mind second hand stuff or if you're on a budget i picked up all my work clothes in the Op Shops here! I suggest you do bring the straighteners- I didnt and I really miss them especially where I am now in darwin the humidity makes you frizz!!! Def go with the black stuff I ended up chucking loads of the white stuff away because you wash it too much and the washing machines are okay but not great and if you go outback or anything like that they are definitely ruined!! If you do office work then flip flops are out and some bars also you might have to have proper shoes as well or some nice wedges or something. def bring a pair of high shoes and going out stuff - I didnt take enough of that! Saying that, you can get loads of clothes out here really cheap if you go to the right shops. If you're a girly girl like me you will want to take enough diff outfits and Ive seen people with huge suitcases compared to my moderately sized backpack and now I have to get a new one to get everything in its a nightmare!! Have fun!

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There is some great advice in this thread. Looks like you should bring only the bare essentials with you when you backpack in Thailand (=two changes of clothes) and are constantly on the go. Then you can buy a cheap and big suitcase with wheels and nice shoes and dressy outfits in Thailand right before you move to Oz.

As someone who has done bar work, I highly recommend taking shoes that are very comfortable. That means either sneakers/trainers, or sandals. Flip-flops and high-heels are not that great if you have to sprint from one end of a long bar to the other. If it must be high-heels, take wedges that aren't that high. Bar work means standing and walking 8+ hours straight, the last you need is your feet hurting because you "must" wear 7-inch killer heels.

BTW, if you have a lot of white things, it might be that you just look awful in black. Some people (like me) simply look like they have just died when they wear black with no other color. In this case pick olive green or marine blue. Marine blue and light blue go well with jeans, and blue is my favourite colour, so all my travel clothes are several matching shades of blue.

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[ Edit: Edited at Sep 2, 2006 3:07 PM by t_maia ]

9. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Btw,........ my sister is going backpacking next year for a year and she is being a complete girl........ i have bought her a set of travel hair straightners ... and a hair dryer as she moaned so much .,... BUT the hair straightners are SMALLER than a hand..may take you longer to straighten your hair......but least you can get kinks out! You can buy on ebay...

Tbh..... when i went backpacing and go again next year...... i didnt and wont bring straightners...... i will tie my hair up.... i did however bring a VERY small hairdryer in 2005 .... wont next time though...only used it once!!

B4 you go away just grow you hair a bit and buy a hair band..much cheaper and lighter.! he he

Good luck xx

10. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Or you could just shave off all your hair and save yourself a lot of hassle....