6 Travel Bag Tips to Avoid Over Packing

July 18, 2018

6 Travel Bag Tips to Avoid Over Packing

Say goodbye to overpacking with these expert-approved tips!

If you're like me, packing for a trip is a process that is easier said than done, and I always end up packing way too much. Do I need 4 different pairs of jeans for a weekend getaway? Probably not. Do I pack them anyways? Every time. Plus, lugging around heavy, cumbersome bags up steep stairs and onto public transit is NEVER worth the effort.  Repeat after me, ladies: NEVER OVERPACK!

So here are some practical packing tips that will help you avoid the pitfalls of overpacked travel bags.

Do not fill your bag to the brim

Aim to leave enough room in your main bag so your day-pack or shoulder bag can fit in it for easy transiting. This also leaves room for the alpaca hat, beaded necklaces, and just about every souvenir that you'll be bringing home.

Pick a clothing color scheme

Make sure all your clothes can be worn with all your other clothes. Running with a color scheme is the easiest way to go. For a beach vacation, the Spanish Rose collection works well for mixing and matching.

Pack in sections

Don't just put everything individually into your bag. It might feel organized at first, but you'll find yourself digging through a messy pile of clothes by day 1. A solution: pack in sections. For example, a medium bikini bag fits your undies and socks. Then a Cabana Tote Bag for your clothes. A small bikini bag works well for toiletries and cosmetics, as well as your chargers or jewelry. Putting smaller bags into your bag will save you loads of time each day – plus everything will be organized and easy to find. Less time digging through your bag, more time enjoying drinks by the pool!

Bring a versatile cover up (like a sarong!)

Since a sarong can be used as a cover up, picnic blanket, beach towel, warm scarf, and more, a sarong is definitely the most versatile item for travel. 


Take some laundry detergent

If you are taking a longer trip, you'll probably want to be able to wash your clothes, especially your undies. And hotel room soap just won’t cut it. You can scoop some laundry detergent powder into a zip-lock bag, or bring a couple detergent pods!

Bring screw-top bottles only

Don't take any toiletry or cosmetic bottles that are not plastic screw-tops. Don’t risk your lotions and shampoos spilling all over your travel outfits! Also, put all bottles in a plastic bag or a water-resistant bikini bag to avoid spilling!

Fit Guide and Suggested Styles

Do you hate when your bikini bottoms dig into your hips? Have no fear, Nicolita NO PINCH FIT Cuban Style Bottoms are here!!

Hola! I'm Nicolita owner & designer Nicole Di Rocco. In this video I'll show you why and how we created our signature Nicolita Bottom fit.

Nicolita has one-of-kind swimwear styles that are carefully designed to flatter your figure. Say goodbye to those ill-fitting bikini bottoms and say hello to comfort and fit!

Below are a few of our most popular styles that were designed with YOUR hips in mind.

Welcome to the Nicolita Fitting Room!

I want to help you find the Perfect Fit Nicolita Style. Below I have created a Nicolita Swimwear Fit guide to match your curves with our swimwear options and styles. If you still have questions of which bikini or one piece style would look best with your body shape just Call 866-NICOLITA (866-642-6548)  Email hola@mynicolita, or Skype me @mynicolita.     

Over the last 13 years since I started Nicolita in 2003, I have worked with a lot of Nicolita clients on selecting the perfect swimsuit for them. I'm the first to admit that wearing a bikini or one piece swimsuit can be challenging for the majority of us. Even if you have a rockin' body, there are certain styles that work better on certain body shapes.

But I am a strong believer that there is the perfect swimsuit out there for you. And we have gone ahead and picked out some styles that are flattering for you!

Larger cup sizes (D cup and up)

Women with larger cup sizes are primarily looking for 2 things when trying on swimwear: coverage and support. While going up a size in the top can provide more coverage, some styles just won’t provide the coverage and support you may be looking for. Look for styles with side boning and molded cups to give you the support and coverage you desire, without the pinching of an underwire!

For support and coverage, check out:
Maria Knotty Wrap Twist Top

Molded Push Up Bikini Top


Smaller Bust

Have a smaller bust and want to create the illusion of a bigger chest? Styles with details like ruffles and molded cups will add volume and create cleavage!

For adding volume to a smaller chest, check out:

Haute Dot Bow Tie Bikini Tube Top

Rumba Ruffles Triangle Halter


Broad Shoulders

If you’re looking to tone down the appearance of broad shoulders, look for one-shoulder and detailed tops which will draw attention away from wide set shoulders. Deep V necklines will keep the attention focused on your chest and the low cut back will make your shoulders appear more narrow.

To elongate the torso, check out:

Rumba Ruffles One Shoulder Top

Neon Bloom Deep V One Piece


Not So Curvy

Looking to add more curve to that backside? Look for bottoms with backside details like ruffles, shirring, or our signature knotty bottom. These details add more curve to your bottom and create a more shapely bum. 

To add curves to a not so curvy bottom, check out:

Rumba Ruffles Forgiven Bottom

Signature Knotty Bottom


Tummy Control

We all have those days we would rather cover our midsection. To conceal your midriff while flattering your other assets, look for styles that have shirring throughout the midsection to camouflage any insecurities.

For tummy control, check out:

Deep V One Piece With Shirring

Noche Cha Cha High-Waisted Bottoms


More Coverage Overall

Trying to keep your skin out of the sun, or just desire to be more covered? Look for styles that provide more coverage without sacrificing style, like high-neck tops, high-waist bottoms, and one pieces!

For more coverage, check out:

Gina High Neck One Piece

Retro High Waist Bottom