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How to Pack Light When Travelling

How to Pack Light When Travelling

Travel has been an important part of our lives and something I wanted my kids to experience.

I’ve shared how to make money while travelling and how to travel for free or super cheap.

Going on holiday is exciting, you learn different skills and develop an appreciation for other locations.

There is the anticipation, planning the perfect clothing to bring, and expectations of what the experience will be like from food to attractions.

When it comes to travel, most people overpack because they don’t plan well, don’t travel often or don’t know where to start with it all.

We travel extremely light, often with carry-on only because we know what we need and how to do it.

Here are my tips on what to pack for general trips.

When you prepare now, you will have so much more fun once you arrive at your destination.

How to Pack Light When Travelling

1. Pack the Right Clothing

Take the time to research your destination’s climate, terrain, expected weather conditions and cultural expectations before packing.

Pay attention to whether the locale has a history of rain and pack accordingly.

Make sure you have a rain jacket, hat, casual clothing, athletic wear, and at least one dressier outfit for a special occasion but do not bring your whole wardrobe.

Try to bring clothing that you can mix and match to extend your outfits and save room in your suitcase.

Add swimwear to the packing list with fun and flattering pieces like one from this one piece swimwear collection.

Pair it with a fun cover-up that can go from the beach to the bistro in a pinch.

Include shoes for all of your activities, such as beach shoes, walking shoes, hiking boots, etc.

Remember to include undergarments, socks, and pyjamas, and you are all set.

Only select what you need, don’t pack your whole wardrobe.

In most places you can wash your clothes so if you are going for more than a few days, plan to wash some items to reduce how much you take.

When choosing your items, be sure you know whether you need to be covered up or if bikinis are ok.

Some destinations might seem touristy but out of respect for locals and their beliefs, you should be covered up.

I have seen it happen on various trips where the journalists/writers/photographers on a media trip with me did not research the destination and had nothing appropriate to wear.

Always be sure about the culture, weather and terrain.

How to Pack Light When Travelling

2. Accessories

I am not big on accessories but many people are since they can completely change an outfit.

They can also help take an outfit from day to night.

The most common accessories are sunglasses, jewellery, scarves and bags but taking a selection can weigh you down.

When choosing accessories, look for ones that are multi-purpose, lightweight and easy to pack.

A pretty scarf or bandana is multi-purpose as it can also keep your hair back in a variety of ways while changing the look of your outfit.

Watch this video to learn several options for creating new scarf-tying techniques.

3. Toiletries and Hygiene Supplies

Creating a packing list for toilteries and hygiene supplies can be easy.

The hard part comes when you try to reduce the size so that the liquids are compliant with the current airline guidance if you are taking them as carry-on.

You want to take everything you usually use in your morning and evening getting-ready routines, but bulk from the products can add up quickly.

Look for multi-purpose products that can do double duty and save space in your bag.

If you buy your skincare products at makeup counters, ask if they have sample sizes in all of your favourites.

Swap your regular soap, shampoo, and lotion for solid bar-based alternatives to ensure you do not go over the liquid allowances limit (we use these at home anyway).

4. Specific Equipment

We love diving, snorkelling, hiking and similar activities when we travel.

While the items necessary can be hired, when it comes to safety and comfort, we prefer to have our own gear but it can weigh things down.

Look at the activities you are doing, and decide if you need to take the equipment for everything or if you can hire instead and pack accordingly.

How to Pack Light When Travelling

5. Medication

If you take any medications you need to pack these but what some people forget to do is take a script and check legalities.

There are some medications which are legal in some countries and not in others which can cause significant problems if you don’t check and adhere to the laws of where you are going.

The same goes for herbal supplements or anything else you take. Always check the legalities, take your prescription with you if needed and obey the law.

6. Food

We pack a few protein bars or similar and take drink bottles we can fill up most places we go.

In our bags we have travel cutlery sets too which have come in handy many times.

You never know if you are going to get delayed, miss a connection or end up somewhere when nothing is open so it’s worth having something basic you can eat.

With the cutlery, most ready-made salads, meals and yoghurts no longer come with cutlery so if you have your own, there are more food options available to you.

When you have your itinerary set, it is time to pack your bags.

Bring along items that will make you feel your best and that you will be happy to wear.

By curating your look before you leave your home on holiday, everything in your bag will be just right. Happy travels!

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