You're about to go on a trip. Maybe you're going on vacation, or perhaps you're visiting family over the weekend. Either way, packing light is important.
But packing light can be a little confusing when it comes down to it. What do you need? What don't you need? Would you ever believe us if we were to tell you there's a simple step that will make packing light a breeze?
We thought so! Here are a few ways to pack light:
Before you go on a trip, create a checklist of everything you need to bring with you. It will help you monitor everything that needs to be packed and ensure that there's no room for error regarding what clothes or accessories are going into your suitcase or backpack.
No matter your travel style or where you are going, there is a bag for you. Choose the right backpack or luggage that will make you comfortable hopping from one destination to the next. As a rule of thumb, a 50-litre backpack is good enough as a carry-on.
When choosing what to wear on your trip, opt for items made from natural materials like cotton, linen or wool. These fabrics are lightweight and breathable — perfect for summer travel — and they dry faster if they get wet or dirty. Best of all, they won’t weigh down your luggage.
Plan on doing laundry if you want to travel light. Laundry shops are available at most hotels and hostels, so don't bother bringing too many clothes to last the entire trip. Instead, plan on doing laundry once or twice during your travels to keep your wardrobe fresh and clean.
Bring versatile clothes that can be worn in a variety of situations. Try not to pack any outfit that only works for one specific event or activity — instead, opt for pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion at hand.
Choose one pair of shoes that can be worn with almost anything; they're usually comfortable, easy to clean and can be worn with smart or casual outfits alike! A pair of trainers is ideal for this purpose; they look good with jeans or trousers and can be worn on city streets or hiking trails!
Toiletries are usually heavy and bulky items, so it's best to leave them at home when travelling light. If you need to bring them with you while travelling, make sure they are in small-size containers so they won't take up too much space in your luggage.
If you're travelling in winter, bring layers that can be worn together or separately. For example, get a pair of leggings instead of two pairs of jeans. Bring long sleeves, short sleeves and a few tank tops if you're travelling in summer. The idea is to have options to mix and match what you wear without having to pack too many items.
Sometimes, the preparation for a trip is more complicated than the journey itself. Packing light will save you money, time and stress. These seven easy tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to packing light, but these are the ones that we have found most useful for most travellers. So if you dread travelling or over-packing, these tips should help.
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