Have you ever envied those people who simply threw a few things in a bag and were off on their next adventure? Follow these six tips and you’ll be traveling light.
Now that the sun and the warm weather have finally arrived, it’s time for a vacation. There is one thing, however, that I used to absolutely dread about traveling anywhere – even if it was to my dream destination: packing. No matter where I was headed, I’ve always found traveling light to be a challenge.
I envied those people who simply threw a few things in a bag and were off on their next adventure; the minimalists who bragged about how light they traveled but seemed to have everything they needed. So, the next traveling light expert I met became my personal packing strategist. I have to say; I learned some valuable lessons about doing more with less and the unrealized cost of lugging a lot of unnecessary stuff around the world.
Truthfully, you can still look like a fashionista when you’re a strategic packer. Here are a few tips for traveling light:
1. Layering can completely change the look of an outfit. Add a jacket or a sheer top over a camisole or toss a sweater over your shoulders.
2. Choose coordinating color palettes and similar styles so it’s easier to mix and match. One top can easily be worn with a skirt one day and pants the next. You can wear a sarong to dinner and use it as a beach cover-up, too.
3. Aside from adding weight, shoes tend to take up a lot of real estate in your suitcase. Pack shoes that are versatile enough to wear with multiple outfits, even if they’re not your first choice.
4. Stop worrying about the “what-ifs.” You can always buy yourself out of the unexpected, which is a much less common occurrence than you would think.
5. Wear your heaviest and bulkiest clothes while you travel. Jeans fit both of those descriptions, as does a jacket or sweater. They’ll also help with the often-chilly plane ride.
6. Keep toiletries to a minimum. Shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and soaps are complimentary at most hotels, and they’ll replace them nearly every day. If you must bring your own, transfer them to travel-sized bottles or, better yet, take a trip to a nearby convenience store to pick them up when you get there.
Traveling light is not only about fashion, it also helps you save on checked baggage costs and avoid overweight charges. It alleviates both the physical and the mental stress of carrying things you could easily do without – and most likely don’t need.
Vacations are a time to decompress and simplify. Enjoy your time alone, with family, or friends and leave all the weight behind. It’ll help you be more spontaneous, and ultimately give you more control. Next time you get the chance, take to the road and be sure you’re traveling light, because your vacation should really be more about the experience and less about what’s in your suitcase.