For travellers on the go, packing light is absolutely essential. Between constant airport visits, long walks, public transport and toting your necessary gear around with you, learning how to pack like a pro is key to enjoying your travel experiences to the max.
Adjusting to this new way of packing can be life changing, especially if you are the type to over-pack and bring items for just about any situation. You’ve got to learn to be flexible and comfortable with what you have with you. Worst case scenario, you can always purchase an extra duffel bag before you head home to stow away some newly purchased finds on your journey.
Bring What You Need: The goal is to eliminate those two big checked suitcases you are used to bringing with you everywhere. Try to size your gear down to one carry-on suitcase or backpack and one small carry-on like a laptop bag or tote. You will literally fly through security and that extra time you’ll save at the baggage queue will get you on your way to your exciting destination. Remember when you are packing a carry-on suitcase there are certain items that are not allowed inside the cabin so make a check-list ahead of time to pick up essentials like shampoo, razors and hair spray upon arrival.
Stay Stylish: Packing light doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of style. It just means you need to start looking at your wardrobe in a new light and figuring out a way to adapt the same items into multiple outfits. I find that keeping my wardrobe simple helps immensely. Don’t go crazy with too many colours or patterns – you can add those as you find treasures on your trip. Stick with one or two pairs of pants, five to six shirts and some layering pieces combined with your outerwear. A cycling kit or two, bike shoes and pedals is what you’ll need if you’re heading out on a bike trip. Don’t forget your pajamas!
Pack Like A Pro: You don’t have to be a professional traveller to pack like one. Try bringing items like a wrinkle-free trench coat, your favourite pair of jeans and limit yourself to a maximum of three pairs of shoes (which you’ll need if you are planning to bike one day and go for a high-end dining experience the next). One of my key tips for packing like a pro is to roll all of your clothing. It will pack much nicer into your suitcase and usually stays wrinkle-free. If you have white or light-coloured clothing I recommend rolling them and then sealing them into a ziplock bag – ideal in case you are worried of anything spilling in your suitcase and damaging your items.
Before you know it this type of packing will become second-nature to you and you’ll be inventing your own shortcuts for packing the perfect suitcase. Bon voyage!