Due to the global pandemic, many people are traveling less or keeping trips short when they do go somewhere. However, with vaccine approval hopefully right around the corner, 2021 might be the time to start planning your bucket list trips again.
However, to increase your enjoyment while you’re away, it’s vital to avoid packing a super heavy suitcase that you can barely move. It’s wise to find ways to pack as light as possible – which also gives you some room left for any excellent souvenirs you find while away. Here’s what you need to know about packing light like the most frequent of travelers.
Avoid Large Suitcases
You’ll go a long way towards minimizing luggage if you avoid selecting a large suitcase. The smaller your bag is, the less room you’ll have to use up; you won’t be so inclined to pack things you simply don’t need for your trip. If you’re used to taking the largest suitcase size possible away with you, it takes a little bit of getting used to a more petite area to work with. However, doing so will give you the incentive you need to stick with the essentials only.
Don’t Rush Packing Time
You can also help yourself by making sure you have plenty of time to get your packing done. Start compiling items well before the date you leave. The reason for this is that most people don’t carefully think when packing in a hurry, and throw in many things that don’t match, double up in functionality, or simply aren’t required.
The more time you give yourself to prepare, the more thought you can put into the process, and the easier it will be to stick to the bare minimum. Even better, create a checklist for yourself that you can adhere to as you pack.
Select Your Most Lightweight, Versatile Clothing
When it comes to the clothing you put into your suitcase, think about weight and versatility. Select your lightest clothing and those items you can wear in multiple temperatures and situations, plus mix and match nicely. That way, you can make multiple outfits from just a few pieces.
It’s best to pack a lightweight puffer jacket rather than multiple heavy coats if you’re traveling somewhere chilly. These days, many jackets are designed for travel and are light yet still warm. Also, try to limit bulky jeans and pants made from thick materials. Instead, pack comfortable leggings and lighter cotton pants that won’t add so much weight to your bag.
Make sure you have a few breathable, go-with-everything tops to put in your suitcase. Buy comfortable, quality t-shirts for women made from travel-friendly fabrics that don’t need ironing or to be treated with kid gloves when washing. Pack moisture-wicking shirts that keep you warm or cool as needed, and keep sweat away from your skin and odors, too, so you don’t have to worry about washing continually.
Plus, it pays to pop a scarf or pashmina into your carry-on luggage. This can keep you warm and cozy on the plane, help you dress up outfits when going out, and cover your shoulders and chest if you end up visiting temples or other spots with modesty guidelines.
Stick with Compact, Travel-Sized Toiletries
An area where many people end up adding unnecessary weight and bulk to their suitcase is toiletries. Keep things pared back by buying travel-sized products – most brands sell them these days. They’re handy because they’re designed to be carry-on friendly, too, in many cases, so you can have them on the plane with you if needed. Alternatively, create your own smaller options by putting your favorite products, like shampoo, conditioner, face cream, cleanser, etc., into small plastic bottles.
Remove What You Can After the First Round of Packing
Finally, don’t think of packing as a one-time deal for each trip. Instead, pack once to get everything together, and then go through all the items you’ve selected and whittle them down further.
Often, if you think hard about it, you’ll find you can remove one or two shirts, a pair of pants, that extra handbag you really don’t need, tech tools you won’t use, books you won’t have time to read, and more. Leave a day or two between these examinations so you can look at your selections with fresh eyes.
Traveling is often one of the most fun activities we do in a year. However, getting ready for each trip is not so exciting. Make life easier for yourself by keeping your luggage as minimal as possible. This way, you can start your vacation less stressed and spend it without having to worry about how you’re going to move your too-heavy bag.