Travel Light - 5 Packing Tips You Must Know
Whether it's a quick weekend getaway or a three-week vacation abroad,
everyone dreams of traveling in style. Reality is, you can never really
take your entire wardrobe with you when you travel. No one wants to
burden themselves with limited luggage allowances and exorbitant
overweight charges, not to mention the hassle of having to lug around
oversized duffels and trolleys.
Packing light is a skill that comes in
very handy, but it doesn't come easily to many. Most people think
packing light compromises style. However, with a little planning and
organization, packing light can easily be the key to put together
traveling outfits that are no short of being chic and stylish!
Thankfully, packing light is a nifty skill that can easily be learned
through practice. So get ready to be an expert in jet-set style!
Here are five of the best tips one must learn to be a light packer in no time:
1. Make a list and stick by it!
Never make the mistake of
throwing everything in your luggage hastily. Be a wise traveler and
plot your activity schedule instead in order to figure out the outfits
you need. List the activities you've scheduled day per day, then pack
one outfit for each. In general, pre-planning your daily outfits saves
you a lot of space. However, you may also opt to follow the golden
ratio -- 3:1. That's three bottoms per one week and three tops per
bottom. As for your footwear, never bring more than two pairs of shoes.
You are not Carrie Bradshaw and you do not have to wear nude stilettos
to traipse fashionably around the city.
2. Set a travel style theme.
A good starting point is to come up
with a theme to bind all your outfit choices. This will help you decide
on a color scheme and choose pieces that you can easily mix and match
with one another. Best to stick with colors that go together in a
similar color family -- nudes, creams, earth tones, blacks and grays.
Ultimately, let your purpose assist you in deciding. If you're going on
a European vacation, you may want to get inspiration from Parisian
fashion. If you're hitting the likes of Bali or Costa Rica, you may
want to channel glam resort wear.
3. Wear your heaviest items on travel days.
Items such as dark
denim jeans, heavy wool sweaters, tall snakeskin boots, and toggled
coats should be worn on travel days to keep your luggage light. Not to
mention, this will also keep you warm on the plane en route to your
4. Downsize your toiletries.
Pick up travel-size versions of
your favorite products so you don't have to carry toiletries in bulk.
If you can't find miniatures, buy small plastic bottles and decant from
larger products. Better yet, buy your personal care items at your
destination. Not only will this be more space saving, it'll also keep
things more interesting.
Use mesh storage bags or packing cubes to
save some space and keep your bags organized. It's especially useful
when you have a handful of destinations on your itinerary and need
different types of clothes for different climates. It will also help
you separate fresh clothes from worn clothes, making your luggage more
Traveling in style does not mean bringing with you the season's
latest shoes and wearing different statement pieces every single day.
It means staying true to your fashion sense, despite a few limitations
in the luggage department. The key to packing light is packing
purposefully so you don't have to sacrifice style.
Have a packing tip for traveling light? Please share it in the comments below.
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