Travel Tips for Packing Smart, Fast and Light
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or car, whether you’re traveling far or near, whether it’s a distant exotic trip or a trip to the beach…you’re going to need to pack a suitcase (or maybe 2).
Packing is the least fun of the entire trip…if you’re like a big majority of travelers, you pack too much, way more than you will need or use, which means you will be lugging around more and heavier suitcases and bags than you actually need to.
So, let’s get smart about what and how we pack by using some of these
- Part of the reason many of us pack poorly is because we wait until the night before and then just start throwing things into our bags – that’s where the problems begin for taking too many and not the right things. Begin a day or two in advance and sit down and make a list. This will give you time to consider where you’re going and what you’ll need while you’re there. By doing this, you will also have a chance to review what youre taking or what you may have forgotten.
- Pack clothes that are interchangeable, you don’t need a different outfit for everyday of your trip…by bringing clothes that can be mixed and matched, you’ll achieve the effect of several outfits. Also by packing accessories such as scarves or belts, you can change up the look of your wardrobe.
- If you’re traveling by plane, it’s a very smart strategy to pack your carry on to really matter…
- It should include your toiletries (remember to make them the travel size products or they won’t make it on the plane) make sure any liquids you’re bringing are in a plastic bag, just in case of a leak.
- If you have special shampoos or other liquid toiletries that you can’t find in travel size, you can purchase empty travel size plastic containers you can carry them in.
- Pack any meds you are taking
- If possible a change of clothing – at the very least a change of underwear. This could save you in case your luggage doesn’t arrive when you do.
- Roll your clothes rather than fold them, you’ll be amazed at the amount of space it will save. You can also save space by packing socks or underwear in your shoes.
- Don’t forget you are going to have dirty clothes…bring a few plastic bags, you’ll be glad you did. Plastic bags also come in handy for wet swimwear until you can get it dried out.
- Place a few dryer sheets in your luggage between your clothing to keep them smelling fresh.
If you’re traveling by air, remember baggage costs, and overweight baggage costs even more.
- How many times have you packed a suitcase full of the clothing you think you need, only to bring many of them home not having been used? Instead of overpacking…lay out the things you think you’ll want, and then put away half of it, believe it or not, it will be enough. “Just in case” items should be left home.
- Shoes are an easy thing to overpack on…although it’s fun to have a different pair of shoes for every outfit, it won’t make your trip any better, but it could make it more cumbersome. Choose a minimal and versatile amount of footwear.
Actually, by taking a little time to prepare a list of things to take, you’ll be saving time on the actual packing process.
Now is the time to start planning your trip. I can give you ideas on the type of clothing and other essentials you might need. Contact me, together we can plan your travel, lodging and any other excursions you may enjoy.