20 Tips to Travel Light

Tips to Travel Light

It has been fifteen years since I last checked a bag, and throughout my adventures while packing light I’ve learned a thing or two. Today I’m sharing with you some helpful tips I’ve picked up on when it comes to traveling light.

20 tips to travel light:

  1. Change your mindset. Think outside the box and be open to re-wearing an item or two.
  2. Pack only a carryon, I have not checked a bag in 15 years. You can do it!
  3. Two pairs of shoes is enough, I promise. One that can be dressed up, and one that is casual and easy off/on.
  4. Use my travel light method, I use it for every single trip I go on.
  5. Check for necessities ahead of time. Most places have items like blowdryers, irons, and even other toiletries on hand.
  6. Forgo a large laptop for a tablet. Can they do the same work for you? Do you need one at all?
  7. Consider packing items that are double duty, some dresses after worn can also double as swim coverups.
  8. Pack all of your items at once with my grid system.
  9. Use packing cubes. Not only can you stack your clothing in order of wear, they help keep it organized. I prefer lightweight mesh sided ones in different colors for each family member.
  10. Pack larger items first, then fill in with smaller items. You can even stuff items inside of your shoes.
  11. Buy smaller size beauty items instead of taking larger ones. They typically meet the size requirements for carry-on 3.4oz rules too.
  12. Wear minimal makeup, you wouldn’t believe it but every little item counts when it comes to lighter travel.
  13. When changing climates, dress in layers. Not only will you have tons of options, you will be able to match any climate too.
  14. Double-check the weather ahead of time, there’s no sense in packing for the unknown.
  15. Have a loose schedule so you know what to pack for and what to expect in your travels.
  16. Pack your other items in zipper bags so they are sorted and easily accessible no matter where they are.
  17. Jewelry doesn’t need it’s own huge box, you can pack it in a small pouch. Wrap necklaces and longer chains around a piece of cardstock to keep it from becoming tangled.
  18. Be aware of local customs. For Iceland we didn’t bother to pack an umbrella since none of the locals carry them and it’s too windy anyway!
  19. Plan your outfits ahead of time, with one or two combinations that can be dressed up or down. A LBD never fails!
  20. Use a good-sized personal item (within official size) so you can carry more and leave more space in your carry-on suitcase.

 

Do you have any tips for traveling lighter? I’d love for you to share them with me!

23 thoughts on “20 Tips to Travel Light

  1. Yes! I just bought a backpacking pack and I’m really hoping it’s carry-on size or I will be returning it. Also must get the packing cubes. So handy. I also live in the Bay currently but I have a one-way flight to Hawaii in a couple weeks so that may be my new temporary home.

    I’ll add you to my blog list so I can keep checking back!

  2. Great list – and I agree that it is surprising how heavy make-up, creams, shampoo etc. can get!
    Any suggestions for good “all-in-one” make-up combo packs? Benefit used to have some great compacts that included the essentials like lipstick, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, blush and eye shadow.
    Thanks,
    Marija

    1. Completely! I brought only the basics to Iceland and although I miss my shadows, my bag is a little lighter because of it. Stowaway cosmetics makes travel size and kits that I’ve been wanting to try, and they have pretty packaging (lol).

    1. Sure! I’ll do a post on them if you’d like but I don’t feel like my method for them is anything special. I refuse to roll my clothes so they’re just folded and zipped.

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