Darlene is a world traveler, always on the go. She’s currently in Morocco. I asked her to give me her favorite travel tip or packing tip and she gave me 8. I can’t help but share them all with you in my Women with Wanderlust series. I hope you enjoy!

  1. I use travel packing cubes in my suitcase and just got compression ones lately — amazing things!
  2. A draw string laundry bag makes it easy to either give to someone to do my laundry or take somewhere.
  3. I use a hang-up style little bag to put toiletries in so even if I’m moving day after day it’s easy to pull out and use your stuff.
  4. Bags for shoes are great so no dirt gets on clothes.
  5. Grab velcro cord tie-ups from an office supply place meant to tie up cords at home. I use them for my charging cords when travelling.
  6. Buy empty bottles for shampoo and stuff, the 100mm size to fit carry-on restrictions. Then refill them. Don’t buy small ones.
  7. I visit art galleries everywhere I go whenever possible. (Me too Darlene! I love seeing the “local” collections.)
  8. Never travel without maps.me app — download the map of the place before you go so it works offline.

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If you’d like my printable packing list you can get it free with my Women with Wanderlust book. If you’d just like a list you can find it on my blog for free. I also give some free photography tips on my blog and on others. Yay for good vacation memories being preserved in amazing photos!

More packing tips coming up in a few weeks. They are some great tips from friends that travel the world as much as I do or more.

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Cheers to more travel with better packed bags.