Packing light for your next adventure can be daunting, especially if you are not a frequent traveller and have little to no experience with packing. Many pro travellers find it hard to pack light as it can be hard to pinpoint what you might be needing on your trip.
If you find yourself with an empty suitcase on a floor strewn with items, to help you make it in time for your next flight, we have condensed the best tips and tricks to four pro-tips for you to follow so you can pack light for your next travel adventure.
1. The magic of three
Many travel enthusiasts suggest packing clothes for only seven days, regardless of the duration of your trip. The trick to making things simpler would be to pack your clothes in threes, a basic example being three shirts and three bottoms. For higher versatility, you could consider different combinations of the three clothing items. For example, instead of packing three t-shirts, you can pack two half-sleeve shirts and one long-sleeve shirt.
This way, we bring fewer items while maintaining our unique sense of style. Plus, this capsule wardrobe gives us space to dress up or down for different occasions and the weather.
2. Plan beforehand
Getting things done successfully requires planning ahead of time. Knowing the exact purpose of your trip and the things you will need allows you to focus on the essentials. For example, asking ourselves questions like, “what if I need medical assistance at my destination?” or “have I planned for any emergencies that I might face?”
Even though often overlooked, knowing who to call for medical evacuation is vital. Thinking about the various “what if” situations allows you to consider a need to make space in your suitcase for other items. For instance, a fully charged power bank will save you in various emergencies, such as ensuring your device still has enough power when you need to call an air ambulance.
3. Choose your suitcase wisely
When packing, there are three types of luggage you can choose from – backpacks, duffel bags, and rolling suitcases. Before making a decision, we should consider the pros and cons of each type. The bag you choose should best suit the needs of your destination and the purpose of your trip. In the end, make sure that whichever bag you choose does not weigh more than it should.
4. Wear heavy items on your journey
This last hack is the easiest one, yet for many, this does not come to mind until we board. So here is a friendly reminder, instead of packing relatively heavier clothing items in the bag, why not choose to wear them on board? It not only makes your load lighter but also potentially makes room for other essentials.
Changing up your packing strategies altogether can be challenging. Unfortunately, we may also tend to overthink and hence overpack.
Just choosing one or two tips from the list above when you pack for your next trip could have you save time, space and energy. Of course, nothing beats the satisfaction of having a fun-filled vacation with the lightest baggage.