As much as I love traveling, packing was always like a nightmare to me. Questions like “What if will be raining?” “What if I damage my only jacket?” “Do I have two outfits for everyday in case the weather drastically change?” appeared at the back of my head the second I decided to go somewhere. I used to overpack a lot until I’ve finally come to the conclusion that this must end or I won’t go anywhere, never again. Then I’ve come across some packing light tips in one of the morning shows and it inspired me to change my approach. But before the actual advice I wanted to list some HUGE benefits of packing into a carry-on only:
- no more waiting at the luggage carousel,
- no chance of getting your stuff lost,
- easy to get around with a small suitcase,
- satisfying feeling that you carry only items that you use,
- no more anxiety while packing.
If my struggles sound familiar to you, then hey. *Waving*
Here are 8 essential packing light tips!
DETAILED PACKING LIST
Always write down any essential items you need to take. Passport, insurance, ID, or a credit card must have place between things carried with you. With that being said straight to the point.
Plan the activities you’re going to pursue on your vacation and make a list of things that are necessary. It helps to avoid future overpacking any items you may find useful on the spur of the moment. If you once make such list, it’ll be relevant to any other similar travels, so you making an effort only once.
A mini capsule wardrobe is the best way to bring clothes that you’ll actually wear. I like to check the weather two days before the trip and try to compose ready to wear outfits that I find most suitable to the predictions. With time I sorted that taking my staples pieces that I like the most is the key. Creating portable small wardrobe within you can mix and match is essential. Layer your clothes so you don’t need to carry excessive pieces only for “what if” occasions.
LET THEM SEE YOU ROLLIN’
Rolling clothes instead of folding them. I got to be honest with you that I’m aware of benefits this trick may offer but I still hesitate to roll all of my clothes. I’m not using any iron so keeping my stuff in a decent way guarantees that I won’t look clumsy. But when I need to pack synthetic clothes I use this tip every time.
About Makeup I’ve touched upon the subject in this post. When it comes to beauty products I’m in the “traveling size containers” team. I’m always trying to pack the bare minimum of toiletries. I can recommend checking the place where you staying at because many of them providing guest with some basic products such as shampoo, conditioner, soap or even skin care. Between all the packing light tips this one essential when you flying since all things get in the carry-on bag.
DO NOT PACK EXCESSIVE STUFF
Christmas gifts aka pile of books waiting to be read? Let them all wait to the time you’ll be back at home. Same goes with things you don’t use on a daily basis. If you never curl your hair you won’t to this during holidays. Taking iron curler is, in this case, a waste of precious space.
LIMIT THE FOOTWEAR
This one is the most underrated aspect of packing light tips. Shoes tend to take the most of the space in suitcases. I think that choosing your footwear in a smart way is a key to success. For an experiment, try to take out of your bag one pair of shoes and see how much space can be saved.
An additional tip to this one is to fold your underwear and pack into shoes. Especially if you’re taking trainers fit a plastic bag with all of your socks into them. That saves some extra space but helps also to protect the shape of the footwear.
DO NOT OVERPACK BAGS
For the most cases, one bag should do the justice. Pick the one that will match your outfits. Also, pay extra attention to the actual weight of the bag. If you’re going to spend the trip on fresh air and have an easy-breezy stroll – take a lightweight bag. Even better a backpack! Don’t let your back hurts and ruin your vacations.
Never ever take things with you that you may or may not use. It is a common mistake that leads directly to overpacking. I think everyone can relate to this. Even though I get better and better every time I pack I sometimes have some second thoughts. When you are not one hundred percent sure about an item leave it at home.
I’m more than curious if you knew those packing light tips already. I’ve never heard about fitting socks into shoes until my mother in law told me. Are you guilty of some of those things? I’m guilty of taking books that I never read. Uff, no one needs to be perfect but let’s support each other!
In case you’re a master of this topic also leave a comment but don’t forget to share with us your packing light tips!
Have a super duper weekend guys :*