Top travel hacks and packing tips, according to the Buro Team

Top travel hacks and packing tips, according to the Buro Team

Frequent flyer

Text: Janice Sim

Read this before your next take-off

Something's gotta give when you're jet-setting off to an exciting new destination. If there's anyone who knows the perils of travelling all too well — i.e. overweight luggage, crumpled outfits and roaming constraints, it's the team at Buro 24/7 Singapore. The good thing is, with frequent flying and years of clocking up miles, we've learnt a few valuable lessons (sometimes the hard way...) when it comes to living out of a suitcase. Here are some of our personal travel hacks to live by. 

"To save time deciding what to wear to fashion week, I always pack my clothes by outfits, and put the entire ensemble (clothes, accessories, shoes, handbags) all in a single clothes bag. By doing so, you bring less than you need. I also usually fold the bags in half just so to minimise creases. When you get to the hotel, hang up any clothing that requires ironing around the bathroom, turn on the hot water tap and let the steam iron out all the creases. Voilà! You get wrinkle-free clothes just like that. If you're packing a few pairs of shoes, use complimentary hotel shower caps as a makeshift bag. This saves space and you can easily differentiate between them." — Esther Quek, Editor-in-Chief

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"Don't use hotel shampoo and conditioner as it can be really rough on your hair, combined with the 'hard water' that you find in some countries. Rebottle your regular shampoo and conditioner into mini bottles — you can get these from Muji or anywhere really. Also invest in easy-to-carry packets of hair treatment that brands like OUAI sell, in case your hair needs an instant boost." — Renee Batchelor, Beauty Editor

"The part of travel I detest most are airports and airplanes — as such, I do everything I can to make my life better when going through security or lasting a 12-hour flight (especially in cattle class). Firstly, wear as little jewellery and technology as possible when travelling, because in European and American airports, everything triggers a beep. Yes, even your Apple Watch. Secondly, forget boots or shoes that are hard to slip on — it'll be the bane of your life trying to get them on and off while hundreds of people are in the line behind you. Lastly, I always carry a survival kit for long flights, which includes a mask, face mist, eye mask, socks, moisturiser, and some TWG tea packets (it's uplifting just having your own fancy tea while everyone else gets a generic cup). Layer on that mask and moisturiser before landing for a renewed glow." — Amelia Chia, Editor-at-Large

"I'm in fashion, hence travelling light isn't really in my vocabulary. I don't like not having flexibility in my wardrobe even when I'm on the road. Having said that, I try to be smart about my options. Denim is a no-brainer (they go with every top from cotton tees to frilly blouses) but I make it a point to choose more elaborate pairs, like my flattering high-waisted ones with corduroy detailing or those ripped and paint-stained to perfection. This is so I feel less of a need to accessorise to make my outfit interesting because shoes, bags and jewellery take up the most space and weight. Speaking of, I always wear sneakers and a backpack onboard, with kitten heels and a small shoulder bag in my check-in for fancier affairs. It's important they all pair well with each other for optimum mixing and matching. Tip: studded ones can be dressed up or down — perfect if your laid back vacay takes a turn for the wild when night falls." — Jolene Khor, Fashion Editor

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"If you don't want to spend unnecessarily on overseas data and can't be bothered to buy a local SIM card, make sure you fully load Google Maps when you still have WiFi at the hotel before heading out. Keep the app open in your phone as you go, as it'll still track your whereabouts and you'll still be able to see where the landmarks are. Pop into a café or restaurant every now and then (even random hotels have password-free WiFi access) for WiFi to reload the map and screenshot directions. Don't stress about planning your day to a tee — by pinning the places you have to check out on Google Maps, you can use that to map your route and walk the city, hitting all those spots and discovering hidden gems as you go along." — Adibah Isa, Culture Editor

As a traveller who obsessively sections her things into pouches — there's a bag for everything from adaptors and cables to toiletries and unmentionables — I can't stress the importance of how this system makes the jet-setting life so much easier. Especially when a customs officer decides to put you through the hassle of unearthing the contents of your carry-on luggage for their perusal (don't forget the manic re-packing after). That said; the same applies to your accessories. Not only does a travel pouch protect your finery from getting banged up, thanks to its lined interior with slots and compartments specially designed for delicate pieces, it holds everything in place so you don't end with a knot of tangled chains and earrings you have to keep unravelling. Go for the multi-purpose ones that store both watches and jewellery if you've a few timepieces you're taking on the go. Sizes vary, from extremely compact cases no bigger than your hand to larger 'foldover' types, so options are aplenty." — Angelyn Kwek, Writer

"I put extra care and caution into my outfit during a long-haul flight (admittedly, more than the clothes I don during a holiday). It has to be comfortable enough to snooze in yet presentable upon landing, especially for work trips. Ideally, I opt for baggy "buffet-ready" dresses or a slim-fit pair of sweatpants. In terms of toiletries, instead of scrambling to pack a bag from scratch or unpacking when I return from a trip, I have a travel-ready one on-hand, loaded with a toothbrush, toothpaste, facial wash, contact lenses solution etc. Take it from me, that sorts out a good bulk of your packing checklist." — Janice Sim, Lifestyle Writer

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"Unless you're in first class, long haul flights aren't very pleasant. Airplanes need to dilute air contaminants (our farts) in the cabin. They do this by bringing in air from the outside, and at 30,000 feet up in the sky, it causes the air in planes to be very dry. I find solace with Sterimar nose spray. Moisturise your nose once after take off, and say goodbye to discomfort and nose bleeds. On that note, nothing is worse than falling sick during your trip. Why stay in bed when you can be tucking into a delicious meal or chilling by the beach? This is where my saviour — Betadine spray — comes in. Use sparingly the moment you feel an itch, and you'll be all set for a night of partying." — Vanessa Caitlin, Group Digital Creative Producer 

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