Are you getting ready to head out on a week-long adventure away from home? It’s safe to say, it doesn’t get much more exciting than jet-setting off to a new destination, even if it’s only for a little while. However, the one thing that may be putting a damper on your trip? Packing!
There’s no denying that packing your luggage can be a little stressful. What on earth do you bring with you? How many outfits should pack? And how are you going to fit all this stuff inside one piece of luggage?
Well, you really don’t have to panic! These tips are going to teach you how to pack light for a week-long trip in the most painless way possible. You’ll leave on your next adventure confidently knowing that you have all the essentials with you.
The first step in successfully packing your suitcase is always planning according to the weather and your itinerary. The clothing you bring along will obviously be chosen based on the location you’re traveling to, so you’ll have to take weather into consideration. Plus, you’ll need to think about what you’ll be doing during the trip. Hitting the beach, going to fancy dinners, or attending important business meetings? Those things dictate your outfits!
Before you start scouring the closet for clean clothes to pack, check the weather for your destination. Then, make a list of the different things you’ll be doing while you’re away. Consider the type of clothing you’ll need based on the temperature and environment, and start packing.
What does "double-duty" mean? Bring clothes that you can get multiple wears out of, as long as they don’t get dirty while you’re on your trip. If you’re planning to encounter weather that’s just a little chilly, a cozy cardigan could really come in handy. But instead of bringing multiples and taking up precious space in your suitcase, bring one or two neutral-colored options that will go with everything.
Double-duty clothing options are going to be the basics that can be repurposed many times throughout the trip. Go for neutral colors and things that you know you’ll get plenty of wear out of. Jeans, leggings, and even a classy button-down top are all things that can be worn a few times without it being too obvious.
Since you’ll be saving space by packing clothing that can be repurposed throughout the trip, bring a few smaller accessories to change things up with each wear. This will be a simple, yet effective, way to create an entirely new look even if you’re wearing the same thing you did two days ago.
For example, if you’re heading out on a beach vacation, a sun hat and sunglasses will be obvious must-haves. You can also bring statement jewelry to dress up any casual look. And if you’re jet-setting off to somewhere cold, a scarf has the power to transform any outfit while keeping you nice and warm too.
It might be tempting to bring all of your favorite shoes on your vacation, but it simply isn’t practical. Shoes are bulky, thus taking up quite a bit of space inside your suitcase. Not only that, but they add extra weight that you don’t need. That could leave you dealing with overweight baggage fees, which no one likes paying.
Go back to the first tip about reviewing the weather and your itinerary for your trip. Which shoes are going to be the most appropriate? You might think bringing those high heels is a great idea, but if you don’t have anywhere to wear them too, it’s just going to be a waste of space. If you’re looking at a week full of rain, you might want to bring a pair of rain boots, but you’re better off wearing them on the plane.
You really can’t go wrong with a good pair of comfortable shoes, especially if you plan to do a lot of walking. Flats, sneakers, or boots are all great options depending on the weather and walking conditions (i.e. hilly vs flat). If you need to store a pair inside your suitcase, place them inside a plastic bag and at the bottom of your suitcase. This way, it’ll distribute the weight more evenly and prevent your luggage from toppling over in the airport.
We all want a little extra space in our suitcase, right? Well, you might want to try using packing cubes or garment folders to help you out. Both are great options for keeping your clothes organized, compact, and wrinkle-free. You can fit many items inside your garment folder to keep everything nice and neat. Or you can organize clothing into packing cubes to make getting ready every day a breeze.
TSA regulations are pretty strict when it comes to liquids like shampoo, face wash, and lotion. Since you’ll probably be bringing a few liquids on your trip, stock up on some travel-sized bottles at the drugstore. Your liquids will need to be stored in 3.4-ounce bottles and then placed in a clear, zip-top, quart-sized bag. You can only bring one quart-sized bag per person.
On the other hand, you could just bring the essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and face wash. Then, once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can buy travel-sized versions of your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and anything else you might need during your trip. It will certainly make getting through airport security less of a hassle.
The last thing anyone wants to deal with when traveling is delayed or missing luggage. It’s a sure-fire way to ruin your trip. So, the best thing you can do is put any essentials or valuables inside your carry-on. If there’s a medication you need to take daily, keep it inside a carry-on that you’ll always have with you. The same goes for valuables like jewelry or expensive tech such as your laptop. Keeping it nearby gives you peace of mind.