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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 destination.

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.

5. Compartmentalize. 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 hygienic too!

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.

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Happy travels!

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