How To Pack Light For A Trip 101
Before you voyage overseas, there’s the dreaded task of fitting the essentials into one tiny suitcase. No matter how you limit the necessities, your case bulges at the seams.
Here are some traveling hacks for packing light for a trip.
Choosing The Right Suitcase
Airlines are fussy; each has a different weight limit. If you opt for the smallest requirements, there’s no way you can pack over. Aim for dimensions below 35 in x 29 in x 13 in and a maximum of 50 pounds.
Travelling Light Tips
It’s an immutable fact that everyone has to limit what they take on holiday, so here’s the 101 on packing light.
- Limit underwear and take washing detergent. You can wash underwear in the sink or bath of the hotel.
- Take outfits which are versatile. Mix and match a t-shirt with different pants. That way you can wear it multiple times and wash it, rather than taking lots of clothing.
- Limit yourself to one or two pairs of shoes and wear your heaviest and bulkiest for the flight.
- Only take two pairs of pants with you. Both should coordinate with your other items. Simple black jeans work wonders and are suitable for day and night-time.
- Don’t play the ‘what if’ game. If you can’t guarantee you’ll wear or use something, leave it out!
- Instead of taking full pots of moisturisers and makeup, take only the amount you’ll need and empty into a smaller pot.
- Opt for 2-in-1 toiletries. This goes for combined shampoo and conditioner and BB creams, rather than a separate moisturiser and foundation.
- Use accessories to beautify your outfits and make them look different each night. It’s a lot lighter to take a necklace and scarf than a different top.
- Purchase mini versions of everything you can get your hands on: A hairbrush, makeup brush, deodorant… and anything else you can think of.
- When creating your wardrobe, pick materials which refuse to wrinkle and take up little room in your case. This includes silk, merino wool and synthetic.
Don’t forget to roll clothes to save room.
The last thing to do is pop the completed suitcase on the scales and test that you cart it around without hurting your back. Leave enough room for souvenirs!