Traveling light has a lot of perks. It promotes the convenience of travel and lets travelers save up money instead of paying for excess baggage. Moreover, one can easily pack and not worry about making multi-destination trips.
These are 8 packing tips:
1. Use a packing list
Using a packing list would help one pack as much as essentials and still have enough space. Therefore, it is essential to stick to the packing list, like the quote, “If it’s not on the list, it’s not going in.”
2. Pack fewer shoes
When packing shoes, it takes up most of the luggage’s space. Aside from that, shoes are heavy, which would add up to the entire baggage’s weight. Packing two to three pairs of shoes is enough for a trip. First, pack a pair that would be best used in strolling around the city or malls like flip-flops. Then, pack another pair that would be best used in extensive walking, like the sneakers. What is important is that this footwear can be easily matched with different kinds of outfits.
3. Mix and Match clothes
One does not need to bring a week’s worth of clothes. One can pack lightweight clothes and can be easily paired up with each other to still glam up. When packing, one can include packing cardigans, scarves, and other accessories to have that diversity in one’s outfit without packing too much.
4. Wear Heavy Clothes rather than pack
This is one of the underlooked tips of traveling light. If one’s destination would need heavy clothes, like jackets, to save up space for other essential items and avoid excess baggage, it is best to wear them during the trip instead of packing them.
5. Minimize Toiletries
Shampoo and shower gels can be left behind. If staying at a hotel, it is guaranteed that these are already provided. If not, one can always buy at the nearest shops where one is staying. If using skincare products, leave the bulky containers behind and transfer them into a travel-sized container before packing to save up enough space.
6. Use of packing cubes
Packing cubes aid in making and maintaining the luggage organized and easy to load and unload, and it would help control how many you needed to fill. Use separate packing cubes in packing one’s tops, bottoms, underwear, toiletries, and other necessities. Once each packing cube is full, it would help one to stop overpacking.
7. Washing of clothes
Dirty clothes are a challenge, especially during a trip. Since bringing laundry detergents during the trip is a hassle and hotels charge a fortune for washing dirty clothes. Therefore, it is ideal for visiting the nearest laundromat or the laundry shop near the hotel for dirty clothes.
8. Avoid the use of small pouches and purses.
Pouches and purses take a lot of space in one’s bag. It might help keep the bag organized, but there are many unused spaces when using pouches or purses. Using a lot of pouches and purses would lead to a lot of unused gaps.
Packing light is hard, but once you prepare your mind to be comfortable with less, you’ll see and realize that packing smarter and lighter would make one’s trip much more manageable and convenient.