February 29, 2012
Don’t Let Your Luggage Weigh You Down: 5 Tips For Packing Light
We have all seen it – the fifty pound suitcase over-stuffed and about to spring free of its zipper at any minute sending toothbrushes, books, sweaters and computer cables flying across the airport floor. But it doesn’t have to be you. Save yourself the embarrassment and travel with ease with these five tips to lighten your travel load.
Before you start pulling clothing from the closet, take a few moments to research your packing needs. Check the upcoming weather report to forecast your clothing preferences. Also look online or call your hotel to see what free amenities are available on site such as soap, hair dryers, towels etc.
2. Multipurpose Packing
Bundle clothing to make mix-and-match outfits that can cross over for multiple occasions. For example a light-weight sweater can be paired casually with jeans or dressed up with a skirt or dress pants. Neutral colors also stretch out the matching possibilities by making it easier to pair multiple items together. Choose a pop of color or similar color hue to accompany the attire and fresh up each new pairing.
3. Downsize the Three S’s
Shoes, shampoo & shiny things: eliminate excess by simplifying these three problem packers.
- Shoes: Though it is tempting to pack shoes for every outfit, pack smart with shoes that not only work well with multiple outfits but are also space conscious such as sandals and less-bulky styles. For a short trip limit yourself to two pairs of shoes, one on your feet while you are flying and one in the bag.
- Shampoo: Bring travel size toiletries that fit just enough product for the length of your trip. The three ounce carry-on rule is a great way to plan even for your checked bag. You can also purchase these products at your destination to really save space.
- Shiny Things: Pack only the necessary electronics for your trip. Keep cables and chargers compact in a zip lock bag.
4. Pack with a Purpose and a Plan
Think of your bag like it’s a jigsaw puzzle. Strategically pack your bag using the space wisely. Place your heaviest items toward the bottom of the bag. Remember if it’s a rolling bag that the weight will shift when you lift it. Roll the t-shirts and pants to help reduce wrinkles and conserve space. Place delicate items flat on top. Also stuff small items like socks in your shoes and other open cavities.
5. Cut the Fat: The 10% Rule
Now that you have scrimped, stuffed and sacrificed, take everything you think you need for the trip and cut it another 10%. That means that sneaky extra pair of jeans or scarf that you tucked in at the last minute has got to go – but don’t worry, once you have reached your destination you won’t even miss it.
Do you have other tried and true tips for packing light? Let us know with a comment.
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