Whether you are planning a short trip or a nice, long, well deserved vacation, you can pack light and still have room for souvenirs. Below are some tips for packing light and making things a little bit easier on yourself.
7 Tips for Packing Light
Make a list. Start mentally packing before you even get out your suitcase. Then, as the trip gets closer, start making a list of items that you really need. Also, start a list of a few things you may need to pick up at your local drug store, like new toiletries. To help you out I have a printable Packing List!
Wrinkle resistant fabrics. Depending on your destination, pack clothing that is easy to roll and to fold compactly. This can help keep your clothes relatively wrinkle free. Some fabrics that wrinkle less are wool, rayon, cashmere, polyester, and spandex.
Stick with like colors. This is the hardest part of packing – selecting shoes to take with you. If you pack outfits that are similar in color, then you can pack shoes that match and save room. For example, I will pack all blue and gray clothes and take one pair of gray shoes that go with everything. I then take this a step further and pack only makeup and jewelry that compliment every outfit. I also recommend taking clothes that you can layer. This is an easy way to wear something more than once.
Use storage bags. You can’t go wrong with packing some plastic storage bags to keep things organized. Also, a shower cap makes a great shoe protector and can be packed easily.
No kitchen sink. You don’t have to pack everything, including the kitchen sink. You can always pick up a few items while on your trip that you must have and don’t have room to pack.
Pill containers. I love using those Monday – Friday pill containers that you can find at your local dollar store to keep my earrings and smaller jewelry secure and organized. I hate it when one of my pieces of jewelry breaks and they won’t break in a pill container.
Smaller Clothes – Now this may seem ridiculous, but the smaller some of the clothes are the more room you have. To save space I have travel pjs. Instead of packing pajama pants and a shirt that would take up more room, I have a lightweight pj short set.
Random Travel Tip
Luggage tags. One of the best things you can do to make to help identify your luggage, especially at the baggage carousel is secure a colorful, distinct luggage tag on your suitcase. You could also tie a small scarf around the handle as well.
Just do a little extra work before heading out on your next adventure and pack light.
Do you have any tips for packing light? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!