7 Travel Packing Tips For Busy GoGetters: The Ultimate Guide To Smart Packing & Traveling

It’s 5:45 PM. I’ve just finished packing my suitcase for a flight I’m going to embark on tomorrow with Ben back to California with a layover in Barcelona. I can’t wait to visit one of the Tapas and Spanish meat places that they have at the Barcelona airport. But until I do, I wanted to put this post together for you guys after you voted on it on my Instagram Stories ;).

So, let’s diver straight into it because I’m sure y’all got a flight to catch somewhere.

TIP #1: Always Start With A Packing List

Have you ever heard that saying, “Who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Well, this is so true for packing for a trip a swell. Take an afternoon with a cup of coffee and make yourself a planned packing list ;).

If you don’t have one at hand, a good one is definitely this one from Amazon:

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TIP #2: The Marie Kondo Style Folding Method IS The Way To Go When Folding Your Clothes To Put Into Your Suitcase

I’ve tried many different things over the years of roaming the world and living out of a suitcase for months at a time. I’ve used the regular folding method, some packing cubes, airtight packing bags, etc. Most of these add-ons you can buy to organize your suitcase and minimize the space your clothes take up in your luggage, honestly more seem like a nuisance than actually help. At least, that’s my take on it.

After diving deep into Marie Kondo’s method of organizing last year…

Side Note: Check out this Youtube video of mine to see how crazy things got:

I realized that her folding and organizing style was awesome!

So, if you want your suitcase to be awesome and more efficient than probably your closet right now, learn more about this. A great video to start with is this one where she personally explains how to pack a suitcase:

It’s so lovely to be able to see EXACTLY what clothing items you purchased and to simply extract and add it back into the overall suitcase organization. True time-saver – hellooo!!!

TIP #3: Always Bring An Extra Outfit Plus Underwear And Socks In Your Hand Luggage

The only thing I’ll say is, you never know what can happen:

Either, you’re close to missing a flight, you run across the entire airport and then you smell like a person whose potentially never seen a deodorant before when you enter the cabin for a long-distance flight only to realize, you can’t do anything about it… no fun (and yes, happened to me before lol).

Or, somebody might loose your suitcase and one extra outfit can do a great deal for you without stressing you out too much.

TIP #4: Essentials For The Cabin

Here are some of my essentials I like to always, always bring with me in the cabin. The thing about air travel is that it’s so exciting. Each flight is new and different and you never know what might happen. It’s good to be prepared.

The Essentials List:

+ Eye Mask. Airplanes can be quite bright or, you can sit next to the bathroom in some machines, light falling onto you continuously throughout a long-distance flight even when you’re trying to sleep.

+ Noise-Cancelling Headphones And Extra Ear Plugs. You could be sitting next to a cute but loud baby, children, a dog that might bark consistently, a person that snored, you name it. Don’t get annoyed by your circumstance but control what you can control in the situation ;).

+ My Laptop, iPad or iPhone (depending on the length of the flight – the shorter the flight, the smaller of a device I will take with me unless I need my laptop for the trip) With A TV Show And A Movie I want To Watch. Yes, sometimes board computers can stop working. Be prepared.

+ A Facial Spray. The air in a cabin can get quite dry and I like to always feel fresh. Hence, I always, always bring a facial spray with me and it makes me feel refreshed in seconds.

+ Pain Killers. Whatever brand you prefer, bring a pain killer in case you start experiencing headaches from the difference in cabin pressure on a flight. Or, say you’re a gal that might get her period on a long-distance flight? Nothing worse than not having your preferred pain killer.

These were probably my can-not-travel-without ones. For a complete list and a fun video, check out this related blog post:

26 Products In My Carry-On I Can’t Travel Without

TIP #5: Buy A Bottle Of Water At The Airport

Depending on the airline you fly with, the stewardesses and stewards are better or well, worse at coming through the cabin with cups of water. It’s essential that you stay hydrated on a flight, especially a long-distance one.

I’ve found that the air crew never comes through the cabin enough (even business class!). So I always buy or bring a water bottle that I make sure to drink throughout the flight. Helps you get over jet-leg much faster too.

If you bring your own portable water bottle, be sure to empty it BEFORE you go through security! You don’t wanna be throwing no bottles away.

Side note: While you’re at it and if you’re into healthy eating like moi, pre-buy some healthy snacks that are going to fuel you throughout the day. If you want me to put together a ‘healthy snacking’ for travel list in another blog post, let me know in the comments <3.

TIP #6: Know Your Airline’s Baggage Fees & Regulations

I don’t know about you but to me there’s nothing more frustrating than having to wait in line for somebody that is arguing with the check in attendee to be able to get their luggages on the flight and not overpay for a too-heavy luggage. Suuuper frustrating and annoying.

First, if your suitcase is too heavy and the airline wants to charge you for overweight luggage. Don’t be a dick and just pay it. It was your responsibility to check for the guidelines in the first place.

Second, your WHOLE travel experience is SO much better if you just make sure at home before hand that you’re in the parameters of the airline’s luggage guidelines – meaning weight AND size of both your regular and hand luggage.

With that being said, another thing to watch out for are truly the dimensions of your hand luggage. For example, American airlines are much more lenient towards letting you take a slightly bigger hand luggage onto the cabin (without taking it away from you and checking it in).

European airlines aren’t that lenient and many of them have much tighter restrictions when it comes to both weight in size.

From flying internationally for many years, I’ve found that this carry on I got one time in Paris is my absolute favorite. I NEVER have any problems with it! It’s a four-wheel piece of goodness, with an integrated break system so your carry-on will never roll away again, great storage spaces, easy access and more.

TIP #7: Follow The ‘Onion Rule’ When It Comes To Plane Travel

Whatever you do, make sure to pick a travel outfit that is made up of layers. So, for example, wear a tank top underneath a soft tee shirt and then throw on over a cardigan or put on a sweater. Depending on where you’re going or how cold it gets on the plane, you can take off clothes or put them on. The rest you simply put into your carry on.

Also, try to keep ‘bulky’ and ‘heavy’ items like boots and heavy Winter clothes to a minimum. Unless, of course, you are fashion blogger these clothing packing guidelines don’t apply.

But wherever you’re going, try to plan out your outfits. I always do this and maybe bring one or two extra variations for an outfit or items to swap out if I feel like this.

Overall, there’s this general rule I once heard that we always pack too many clothes. 50% of those we don’t need if we don’t plan our outfits in advance.

Okay! There were my TOP 7 travel packing tips. If you’ve enjoyed this article, be sure to put your name and email onto my list here <3:

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Did I miss any of your favorite travel packing tips? Let me know in the comments down below!

THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEUR’S TOOLKIT

Welcome to the ultimate entrepreneur’s toolkit! {This content may contain affiliate links which may result in my being financially compensated for purchases site visitors make through said links.}

As a full-time, location-independent digital entrepreneur / boss babe or girl boss / occasional work-from-home business owner and wife of an amazing while simultaneously adorable husband and fellow business owner, we’ve got quite a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to growing our businesses online ;).

Not to mention that since a good part of our income comes from our service-based business of being so-called ‘Funnel Hackers’ which allowed us to work with ALL sorts of clients from various industries and markets, we’ve literally tried pretty much every tool available out there as of the time of this blog article.

Now, I’ve rounded up our absolute faves that we (and/or our clients and fellow entrepreneur friends <3) could not live without. They work like a charm and will make that online business life so much easier for you. Whether you’re just starting out as a business owner or, you’ve been in the game since no one knew what a blog or a Facebook was, I think you’ll LOVE these tools!

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WEBSITE / BLOG / ONLINE SHOP

Blog / Website

Online shop

Membership / Course

EMAIL MARKETING

SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULING TOOLS

  • AgoraPulse (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin scheduling) – Smarter social media scheduling so that your content is distributed at the right times for maximum engagement and exposure.
  • Tailwind – Schedule Pinterest pins and loop them to repost. Join tribes. Excellent way to utilize Pinterest. CLICK HERE FOR FREE CREDIT –> (also allows Instagram scheduling but I d not use that feature because they’re still testing it)
  • Planoly – schedule Instagram posts and stories from your desktop and phone
  • People Map (not for scheduling) – Robust system to find Instagram users and influencers and analyze their accounts, run campaigns.

STOCK PHOTO / DESIGN

  • Unsplash – Beautiful free stock photos
  • Design Pickle – Design service monthly subscription
  • Canva – Quick and easy do it yourself design. Love this for Pinterest Pin images
  • WordSwag – App (for iOS & Android) add text to your photos Pinterest / Instagram images
  • Creative Market – IG Stories highlight graphics, IG Story templates, Fonts, designs, keynote slides…. everything!!

TECH TOOLS / SOFTWARE

  • Zoom – Webinars, meetings, interviews live streamed to Facebook
  • Live chat – live chat feature on your shop or sales page
  • Trello – Team and project organization
  • Zapier – Connects your services like a charm! Most systems will integrate with each other but this can fill in wherever they can’t.
  • Deadline Funnels – Add urgency to your marketing campaigns, automated countdown timers to provide each of your visitors with a uniquely, timed experience. Super cool tool. TRY IT FOR FREE HERE.
  • FunnelScripts – A to Z copywriting plug and play system help for every kind of online entrepreneur and business owner. Struggle with writing? This is the software for you.
  • Funnelish – Best way to directly build Paypal into a Clickfunnels’ order form to maximize international payment conversions.
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OFFICE TOOLS / SUPPLIES

For going live / recording video

Side Note: If you'd like to learn more about recording professional videos right from your home even if you feel like you don't know what you're doing *yet*, check out my related blog post about this ;). You can read it here: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/03/17/5-simple-yet-effective-ways-to-create-professional-videos-from-home/

Paper / Pens / Planners

OUTSOURCING

MUST-READ BOOKS

  • Expert Secrets – Especially, if you want to build up an expert-based business of any kind and need to figure out how to do that.
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  • Profit First – As a business owner, you NEED to get your finances under control. Going through this book will help you do so.
  • Essentialism – Sometimes we just forget the important things with all the ‘busy work’. This book will help you focus.
  • Think And Grow Rich – It’s all about the mindset, babe 😉
  • Girl, Wash Your Face – Just because I adore Rachel Hollis <3

FREE DIGITAL RESOURCE TOOLS BY YOURS TRULY

Do you have any favorites you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Surprising Reasons A Funnel Will Never Convert That Funnel Builders Won’t Tell You

 

A funnel is like a Swiss watch.

Any successful 6-and-7-figure funnel that is and if that is your goal with your funnel.

And to work perfectly together for years – heck decades – to come, every single last element has to fall perfectly into place.

We’ll get to those elements in a second.

It is fairly easy to build a funnel with all the tools available today…

Everyone who would dedicate a little bit of time on the subject matter, will be able to throw together a landing page, webinar funnel or any other type of funnel for that matter.

However, it takes true experience and dedication to this art that truly reveals the 5 reasons why some funnels will never convert well – no matter how you place the elements.

Here they are:

(1) Your product sucks.

Or, your service offering is simply not up to par.

The greatest and best strategized funnel in the world wont get you the results you want if you half-ass your product or service.

(2) People simply don’t care about what you have to offer.

This happens a lot for entrepreneurs or businesses who have not done efficient market research or validated their ideas.

Don’t fall into this trap.

Do your homework.

Talk to your ideal clients and customers.

Learn.

Improve.

(3) You are targeting the wrong people.

You could also be targeting the wrong group of people with your funnel.

Like Gary Vaynerchuck continues to stress,

“You gotta go where your audience IS.”

Imagine you are a Reggae band with some seriously sick jam but for some odd reason, you have decided to play at the number one classical opera house in Vienna, Austria.

The audience that would visit this opera house would feel pretty alienated by your type of music because they simply were expecting to hear classical music.

After all, that is why they chose to go to an opera house.

Whereas, when you decide to play in one of the clubs in Honolulu, your jam will be positively accepted and enjoyed.

Match your messaging and advertisement to the right audience.

(4) Your messaging is off.

This goes hand in hand with my previous point.

Now, I bet you have heard this saying before,

“Communication is key.”

Well, it truly is.

If your messaging is off and the way you present yourself or if you are sending your message to the wrong audience, your funnel will never work.

You have got to nail your messaging.

Plus, a lack of creativity can help as well.

(5) You are not sending enough traffic to your funnel.

At one point or another you have stop wanting to perfect your funnel.

Yes, there are things you need to put in place to perfect your funnel before launching it.

However, at a certain point you just have to take the plunge and see where it takes you.

Execute.

And be sure to send the right traffic to your funnel.

And enough of it.

What do I mean by ‘right’?

This goes back to number three as well of my points.

Your traffic can vary based on where your audience is hanging out at and what your service offering or product is.

Is influencer marketing the right strategy for you? Or would Facebook Ads work better? Maybe organic marketing is key since you have got a substantial engaged following?

Make the choice.

Go for it.

Pivot if need be.

To recap:

Direction.

Quality.

Messaging.

Focus.

Traffic.