For those of you who hate to be without your favorite things, you know what an art packing your suitcase can be. You want to avoid paying overage charges for lead-weight bags, but you want to make sure you have clothing to suit the diversity of your trip. Here’s a list of strategies that will turn you into a packing genius.
Choose the right bag
If you want to limit what you take and how much you have to lug around, consider using a small bag made of light-weight material. If you have more than can fit into a small bag, do yourself a favor and get a bag with wheels. Hefting around a giant, unmanageable bag can put a damper on your trip before you even leave the airport.
Consider your trip’s events
Make a list of where you’ll be going and what you’ll be doing. If you plan to be at the beach day in and out, you won’t need to bring several pairs of jeans. If you want to dine out at a few nice places, though, you’ll wan to make sure you bring some nicer pieces.
Plan your wardrobe to mix and match easily
Choose tops and bottoms that can be easily mixed and matched. You don’t have to choose all the same color, but just make sure that your tops go interchangeably with more basic bottoms.
Clean Underwear is a must
First things first, you don’t want to run out of clean underwear and clean socks. You also want to avoid doing laundry when you could be making the most of your trip. To deal with dirty socks and underwear, consider bringing an empty ziplock to avoid getting other items dirty in your suitcase.
Think about your shoes
If you’re planning on walking around while you tour a city, you’ll want to make sure you have at least one pair of comfortable and supportive walking shoes. If you buy new shoes for your trip, walk around for a day or two in them before you leave to make sure that you don’t get new blisters on your first days on vacation. Bring a dressier pair of shoes if you plan on going out at night.
Develop a system
Purchase smaller bags or even use ziplock bags to organize smaller items into groups. Make sure the bags are lightweight to help keep things light. Keep your toiletries in a separate bag to avoid things spilling out onto your clothing. Designate a special place for your documents and passport.
Leave the kitchen sink at home
Even though you want to make sure that you don’t forget the things that will make you comfortable on your trip, you can avoid bringing things that are easy to replace in another town. Especially if you are staying at a hotel, you can avoid bringing toiletries such as shampoo and lotion. You may also consider looking into whether the hotel has a blowdryer. HIgher end hotels usually do. You can also avoid taking robes and towels that are often supplied by the hotel as well.
Traveling light will ultimately make a difference in how relaxed and comfortable you can make your trip. Consider the destination hotel as a resource that means you don’t need to overpack and struggle with a giant suitcase.
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