Packing is exciting, it means your holiday is finally just around the corner. It can also be a pain. How many shirts are enough? How many shoes should I bring? It’s going to be 5 degrees in one place and 34 degrees in the other, what should I pack?! You’ll end up packing and repacking and spending tons of time doing so and the truth is you need so much less than you think. The best way not to overpack is to have less space, so bring a backpack or carry-on instead but if you have to bring checked-in baggage here are some useful tips to pack your luggage smarter, better, and faster.
Traveling for a week or a year? Always pack for a week.
No matter how long you will travel, it’s good to pack a week’s worth of clothes. The idea is that you can and should wash your clothes once a week, especially if you are going somewhere on winter, you should be able to reuse your clothes longer since you probably sweat less. I know everyone’s definition of “clothes for a week” vary widely, but the keyword is self-control, and you’ll be fine.
Packing Cubes, Please!
I am an advocate on packing cubes. Using packing cubes really helps you to organize your clothes and other things so that you know where to look for that particular scarf or swimsuit. It is less hassle to pack and unpack, which is always a plus. Vacuum-sealed bags are also great.
Mix and Match your Clothes
Each piece of clothes you bring should be able to be worn at least three ways, I tend . Keep it in mind while you pack – versatile, comfortable, and light clothes come first. If you can find wrinkle-free and quick-drying clothes, that would help!
Scarf it Up!
With some scarves you can make your choice of clothes so much less boring. Your scarf can be a light one made of satin or cotton for summer days or the warmer wool for winter. It is also very versatile, you can use it to cover up or as a statement piece, the possibilities are endless.
Layer Clothes for Every Occasion
If you are travelling to where the weather is very different from one place to another, layer up your clothes rather than bringing bulky clothes that way you can stay breezy or warm when you need it. If you do need to bring a bulky one, wear it on your flight.
Bring Extra Bags
You can bring reusable, foldable bags for laundry or extra capacity and when not in use then you can tuck it away, easy. Also keep some extra ziplock bags for your toiletries so in the case of leakage, it will not ruin your clean clothes.
Last but not least, if you need to bring towel, bring a microfiber towel instead as it dries quickly and is so light!
Zip it up and you are ready to go!
Until next time and until next trip,