Departing for yet another business trip? Traveling home for a family reunion? Or simply treating yourself to a weekend getaway? No matter how far you’re traveling, don’t let you luggage weigh you down.
Now not to say I’m a travel extraordinaire or anything, but I know my way around an airport. I’m been on month-long vacations, 14-day holidays, week-long cruises, 5-day jaunts and weekend getaways, so I’ve learned how to pack for any situation. So here are my top 5 tips for traveling light to any destination across the globe.
1. You don’t need your entire shoe closet
Ladies (and some men), yes shoes are a great accessory for any outfit, but when traveling, you don’t need to pack them all. Choose two pairs of shoes that will match each outfit you have packed and that you feel comfortable walking in for long periods of time. Then pack one pair and wear the other on the plane.
2. Mix and Match
To limit the number of clothing articles you need to bring, become an expert in what I call the “Mix and Match.” This means that you can simply pack one or two bottoms and three or four tops that will all go together perfectly, meaning you can create eight different outfits with only six pieces of clothing.
3. Beauty Essentials
This one is always a bit difficult for me, but only pack what you absolutely need in the beauty section. Only your normal make-up routine and your absolute necessity hair products should find their way into your suitcase. No need to pack that hair dryer of yours, as all hotel rooms come equipped with one! (But never skip on the straightener – that’s essential!)
4. Layer Up!
It’s important to layer up during your flight. They may weigh your suitcase, but there is no maximum weight for you! So wear your favorite sweater and your raincoat because you can never fully predict the weather. And good news, the in-flight air conditioning is usually on full blast.
5. Skip the checked luggage
If you can, travel only with your personal item and a carry-on as often as you can. Not only will this save you the $25 checked luggage fee, it will also save you the hassle of dragging it into the airport and constantly waiting to pick it up after your connecting and final flights. And if you carry on all of your luggage, there is a 100% chance each piece will make it to your destination with you!
So next time you find yourself getting ready to travel, be it for business or personal reasons, take some time to rethink your packing strategy. Don’t pack 20 outfits so you can choose when you get there. Just pack the essentials. And by doing this, you also leave some space in your suitcase to bring home goodies (such as a new dress or a gift for that special someone back home).