Almost, almost.. This tuesday I will be leaving to Hong Kong for a
10-day vacation with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be more excited!
I’ve never been to Asia and everyone I’ve spoken to who has been to Hong Kong is
over excited about this city. It is supposed to be the New York City of China.
I picked up my Visa yesterday and everything is arranged. So now the suitcase troubles
begin. What to pack? I usually bring along to much, so I decided to make a list
with 30 tips to make sure my trip is perfectly set in advance.
First of all let me tell you that I have a fear of flying, so my life as a travelblogger
is well chosen ;-). But for that reason I never book a flight with an airline I simply do not trust.
Therefore, I always pick an airline that makes me feel as relaxed as possible, in this case
Cathay Pacific. It’s the best one to pick if you are flying to Hong Kong from Amsterdam.
Besides the slightly higher costs of the tickets, they are among the top 3 of the worlds best airlines.
This year they exist for 30 years!
For me enough reason to fly with Cathay Pacific and enjoy the most comfortable flight with good food, and
very important, a good entertainment system on board. And from Hong Kong they will take you
all over Asia, Australia, Thailand, Japan etc. So from Hong Kong you can easily go anywhere with Cathay Pacific.
I am overly proud to take a part in their Life Well Travelled campaign.
So here they are. 30 tips to have a life Well Travelled.
Preparations. They all make sense, but still, a lot of people intend to forget important things.
1. Find out where to go to in case of an emergency. Which numbers to call, the address of your country’s embassy and
always keep the address of your hotel with you.
2. Vaccins? Always check if you need them before going abroad. You don’t want to end up with some weird disease
ruining your entire trip.
3. A Visa. Make sure you got this in time. The extra costs of a last-minute Visa are very high and a waste of money if
you ask me. Unless you have a last-minute trip of course. But you don’t want to pay the extra bucks because
you’ve waited to long with getting your shit done.And you definitely don’t want to be send back to home because
your Visa is not ok. For a trip to Hong Kong you won’t need one if you are from The Netherlands, but if you want to travel to
China mainland you will need one.
4. Bring a portable charger for your phone. You don’t want to get stuck or lost in a country with an empty phone where you don’t speak the language and don’t now the way.
What to pack for a trip to Hong Kong.
1. Hong Kong is warm during this time! So in this case.. Light and cool clothing for me.
2. Heels and dresses! Hong Kong is a fancy (and expensive) city and you can’t go to a nice restaurant in your slouchy jeans and sneakers. That’s a total no-go and you can even be refused at the door.
3. Sneakers. Do bring them for strolling around the big city or when you want to hike outside of town.
4. Bikini’s. You won’t expect beaches in the city, but around the island, Hong Kong has a few famous
beaches where you can avoid the busy city and have a swim. Or you have the luck to have a rooftop pool at your hotel…
5. Your photo camera. Dah.
6. A good face wash. Big city’s have smog and after a long day of wandering around town you will be amazed by the dirt that will be on your face (and body). My personal favorite: Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser. No perfume and also rinses off your mascara.
7. Workout gear… In my case this is a very important one. Since I am doing the Personal Body Plan and have a tight training schedule I want to workout as much as I can. Shopping does count too.. Luckily my hotel has a gym! Or when you want to do a hike to have an awesome skyline view over Hong Kong.
8. Your creditcard and enough cash in Hong Kong Dollars.
9. Your travel documents. Passport, other ID’s, Hotel bookings, Flight Tickets etc.
10. Memory cards and your laptop if you are an over excited photographer. In my case.. Check!
For the flight:
1. Comfortable clothes. Though I am not a big fan of track pants and sweaters in a plane. I know a lot of people
would love to wear their PJ’s and jogging gear, but I always want to wear something more… Sophisticated.
I don’t need a suit or anything, but a little bit more dressed up doesn’t do any harm. I always bring a
cashmere sweater, since the airco in the plane can be chilly. Besides, then I don’t have to pack a warm sweater for chilly nights. Though in this case, I don’t think there will be many… A comfy jeans and a pare of sneakers will do.
2. No make-up. I hate it when you wake up in a plane and your make-up is all smoochy and on your seat.
In stead, just bring some and put in on when you’re almost there. It also kills a little time on a long haul flight.
3. Do bring face cream, lip balm and hand cream! The air in a plane is so dry. It’s refreshing and just feels so good.
4. Drink a lot of water. Same as the above, the air is so dry in a plane, you need to make sure you keep yourself hydrated.
Headaches will be inevitable when you drink too little water. Also try to avoid alcohol and coffee. It dehydrates you even more.
5. Bring something to kill time. Though the average entertainment system provides you with enough movies and series for weeks, you might want to do something else. Bring a book, make sure to have enough music on your phone or iPod. I usually bring a Sudoku book or another puzzle book. I once brought nail polish to give myself a manicure during the flight, but unfortunately this wasn’t aloud. So be aware! 😉
6. In case you have no shame at all, do some yoga to stretch and walk around for a bit. It helps and after sitting in the same position for 11 hours straight you might need it.
7. Sleeping pills. As I said before, I am not a big fan of flying. So if I am able to sleep for a few hours it helps. I am usually so
anxious though that I need a little help to fall asleep. Every doctor understands the fear of flying and would be happy to provide you with some good medication.
8. Candy, Salts, anything. Prices on board are usually double as much when you buy it at the airport. So safe yourself a little money by buying some food/drinks in advance.
How to pack your suitcase.
Ok, if you intend to bring as many clothes as you can, you need to know how to pack. I usually throw everything in my suitcase without looking because it safes time. But when I unpack, most of my clothes are wrinkled and I can’t find anything.
So here are a few tips to pack.
1. Spread anything you can’t go without on your bed or floor.
2. Prepare your outfits. What do you want to wear for daytime and nighttime. This prevents you from bringing too much stuff.
3. Double bag your toiletries bottles to prevents them from leaking.
4. Roll your clothing! This saves up tons of space and it is easier to overview your suitcase when you’re looking for something. Not a good idea for your blazers, fancy dresses and stuff. They should be packed properly in dry-cleaning bags
or folded carefully.
5. Use the empty spaces. Rolled up socks can be put into your shoes. Staple and fold your bra’s and put your undies within the cups.
6. Bring an extra bag for your dirty laundry.
7. Stall the heavy items on one side of your suitcase. So when you lift it up it will be at the bottom of your suitcase and it won’t crush all the other things.
And last but not least. Share your travel stories with me by using #lifewelltravelled on Instagram and when you’re in Hong Kong use #hongkongwelltravelled.
This article is written in collaboration with Cathay Pacific.