With all the new luggage regulations and extra charges for multiple bags, it’s more important than ever to make sure you pack smart. Once you learn how to pack less and pack the right things you will never want to go back to your old ways again!
So here are the Top 7 Do’s and Don’t for Packing Light and Packing Right:
1. Don’t think you need to pack one outfit per day
It may be hard to admit, but the fact is, since most of us shower every day, our clothes don’t get all that dirty or sweaty. Think twice about having the exact number of outfits to match the exact number of days. A couple less won’t hurt.
2. Do plan your outfits around your shoes
How many times have you laid out all your clothes only to realize you’ll need to take 5, 6, 7, or more pairs of shoes to make them work? Shoes waste a lot of valuable space. Always start with the 2-3 pairs you will be taking and work all your outfits around them, instead of the other way around.
3. Do make sure you pick outfits that color coordinate
Create wardrobe capsules (grouping of items that work together) in neutral colors like black, white, cream, grey, and brown. That will give you the base to start with. Then you only have to throw in a few colorful scarves, tops, and accessories to liven everything up and change your look.
4. Don’t choose fabrics that are high maintenance
Linen pants and starched cotton wrinkle after a few hours. Pick fabrics that have some stretch in them like nylon, so you don’t end up looking like you’ve been sleeping in your clothes. Another great thing about non-wrinkle clothing. You can roll them up in a ball and gently squeeze them into your suitcase – real space savers!
5. Do use large ziplock bags and label them
Keep items as pj’s in one bag, clean underwear in another, and dirty items in another. Another trick is if you’re taking two suitcases, slowly transfer the dirty clothes to one case as the days go on. Then halfway through the trip, if you are traveling from one place to another, you’ll only have to lug one suitcase from the car to the hotel room; the one with the clean clothes!
6. Don’t forget the stain remover
If you’ve ever spilled something on your favorite new outfit while on vacation, you probably know the frustration of having to hunt around in a foreign city to find some stain remover. What a nuisance! Be sure to pack a tiny bottle of laundry stain remover when you travel. A small amount of dish-washing soap to cut grease also works wonders. Both come in very handy to help lessen stains until you can get home and do a proper wash.
7. Don’t leave home without a pretty pashmina that matches your outfit
The weather is so unpredictable, and pashmina is light to pack but very warm. Pashmina also can take you from day to night, and they dress up a plain outfit in case you suddenly find yourself going somewhere fancy.