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:
- Change your mindset. Think outside the box and be open to re-wearing an item or two.
- Pack only a carryon, I have not checked a bag in 15 years. You can do it!
- Two pairs of shoes is enough, I promise. One that can be dressed up, and one that is casual and easy off/on.
- Use my travel light method, I use it for every single trip I go on.
- Check for necessities ahead of time. Most places have items like blowdryers, irons, and even other toiletries on hand.
- Forgo a large laptop for a tablet. Can they do the same work for you? Do you need one at all?
- Consider packing items that are double duty, some dresses after worn can also double as swim coverups.
- Pack all of your items at once with my grid system.
- 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.
- Pack larger items first, then fill in with smaller items. You can even stuff items inside of your shoes.
- Buy smaller size beauty items instead of taking larger ones. They typically meet the size requirements for carry-on 3.4oz rules too.
- Wear minimal makeup, you wouldn’t believe it but every little item counts when it comes to lighter travel.
- When changing climates, dress in layers. Not only will you have tons of options, you will be able to match any climate too.
- Double-check the weather ahead of time, there’s no sense in packing for the unknown.
- Have a loose schedule so you know what to pack for and what to expect in your travels.
- Pack your other items in zipper bags so they are sorted and easily accessible no matter where they are.
- 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.
- 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!
- Plan your outfits ahead of time, with one or two combinations that can be dressed up or down. A LBD never fails!
- 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!