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Packing Tips from the Pros: Kisty Mea

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Packing Tips from the Pros: Kisty Mea

Kisty Mea is a 28-year-old free-spirited and bubbly wanderer, has braved a place many dream to conquer but little actually do—the internet. What started out as an outlet for her teenage angst in October 2002, eventually evolved into a platform for her lingering creativity and thoughts.

15 years later, equipped with all the things she loves: travel hacks, beauty tips and design principles, she now embraces her rightful spot in the www. is fueled by her passions and intentions to help, inspire and make even the smallest dent in a person’s life. With articles authored to the travel, design and beauty FAQs and pegs of Filipino millennials,

Kisty’s website has paved the way for bright, young Manila to consume substantial content that is tailor-fit to them—making it a worthwhile stop on their browsers.

Take it from Kisty—she knows what she’s talking about given her first-hand experience. She has also proven herself in the field of academics. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila, earned her Master’s degree in James Cook University in Singapore and honed her knowledge and skills even further in a 3-month course in Shillington College in London.

All this while juggling a long-term relationship with her college sweetheart, JP; playing Mom to her mischievous male Maltese, Snowy; and binge watching her favorite shows.

What's usually in your carry-on?

A camera and laptop! I almost never leave without these two gadgets whenever I travel.

Tell us about the usual type of clothes you bring when traveling?

The type of clothes I bring depends on where I'll be going in the first place. If I am going to a cold place, it's easier because all I have to do is pack my thermals and a cute coat. And yes, I usually plan a day by day outfit just to make sure that I will look good in pictures ahaha

What's the best packing tip anyone has given you? Who gave it?

Hmm... What is the best thing about packing light/heavy? The best thing about packing light? I'm able to fit all of the things I bought abroad!

How does your packing for a travel routine look like?

This year, I find myself packing a few hours before the flight and I noticed that I'm not built for that. I really need to make time to pack - at least 3 to 5 days before the flight - or else I have a tendency to forget things and I'll be forced to spend abroad for something I already own at home. You know that quote "Take half the clothes and twice the money"? I think that's a helpful packing tip but at the same time, I don't want to waste my money on clothes just because I didn't prepare.

How do you deal with "excess baggage" situations? 

I rarely find myself in this situation, but yes, I would pay extra.

What's your best-kept packing secret?

Always bring a travel extension cord!

Quick Qs:

Photo Credit: @kistymea

  • Favourite region? Europe
  • Favourite country? United Kingdom
  • Favourite city? London
  • Favourite beach? El Nido in the Philippines
  • Favourite food? A tie between chocolate ice cream and french fries!
  • Favourite mode of transpo? Definitely air travel!
  • Favourite book? The Alchemist
  • Window or aisle seat? Window
  • Carry-on or check-in? Check-in
  • Hostel or hotel? I'm flexible to both!
  • What's your favourite design from the Cabin Zero collection? I love pastel colors so my favorite would be the Lipe Blue 36L!

Follow Kisty's arts, crafts, travels and adventures on her Youtube Channel, iKisty.


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