Every time you plan to travel, do you wrestle to fit just a few more things to your suitcase that’s already stuffed to the brim or your bursting-at-the-seams travel bag? If yes, welcome to the packing nightmare that most travelers undergo while having a tough time deciding what to carry and what to leave behind. But is it really that uphill a task to pack light and smart? Several experts who travel either driven by their profession or by choice disagree. Here are six tips from them that will take the headache and wrestling out of your travel packing:
1. Pack your shoes first: Select two pairs of shoes (a casual pair and a more fancy counterpart) and pack them at first on the sides of your bag or suitcase to distribute the weight evenly. Since shoes take the maximum space, packing them first this way would let you get a better idea of the remaining space, which you can then fill up wisely.
2. Scrutinize your packing list and cut down on it further, if possible: Rather than throwing whatever you find at your fingertips, make a plan of what you would carry and lay them neatly on your bed before you start packing. For each item, ask yourself if they are really a necessity. Remove every item that you may or may not use during your travel, or feel you could survive without. Be wise about your packing list because having too many non-necessities or “what-if” items would make it almost impossible to travel light.
3. Roll them up: You may be in the habit of packing your bags by laying out your clothing flat. But did you know you can save space by rolling them up? Yes, that may sound incredible but it’s true! You should roll and stack the bulkiest ones in the corners of your bag (after packing your shoes) for even weight distribution. Rolling would keep your clothes wrinkle-free, which would be especially helpful if you are packing formal wear. In case you aren’t sure how to roll your clothes, you can watch a few YouTube videos to get the idea.
4. Pack low-maintenance, versatile clothing: This is the key to packing light. Make sure the clothes you pack are appropriate for the climate of your destination, fold up small, are comfortable for walking around but can be jazzed up too (imagine going to a dinner right after having a busy day hiking). Above all, choose clothes that go well with almost everything else you have packed or plan to carry along.
5. Ensure your chosen colors are cross compatible: While packing, keep the color palettes in mind to ensure they are a cross compatible. This way, you will pack less and yet have several outfits to sport during your travel or sojourn.
6. Wear your bulkiest items during travel: If you plan to carry bulky boots or a heavy jacket to your destination, wear them during travel to save space in your bag where other essentials can fit. Though this may sound to be troublesome in case you are heading to a chilly climate from warm weather, it shouldn’t bother you much when the goal is to give your shoulders and arms some respite by packing light.
The next time you travel, make sure to use these tips for packing lighter and smarter. And don’t forget to share these tips with friends and family who are forever complaining about their travel packing woes and luggage weight.