Holidays in the Sun: Top Tips for Packing Light
More and more travellers are becoming tempted by travelling light nowadays, with airlines charging for luggage by the kilo and baggage restrictions becoming more and more strict. The problem is, when youÔÇÖre heading abroad for some well-deserved time in the sun, travelling light can be easier said than done. After all, you need enough dresses and outfits to last you and you have to account for daytime and evening activities too; not to mention the toiletries and added extras that youÔÇÖre reluctant to leave home without!
If youÔÇÖd like to try and keep the weight of your case down this year though, here are some super tips and advice that can help you.
ÔÇó If youÔÇÖre travelling with your other half, try and narrow down your items so that you can both share a suitcase. ItÔÇÖs entirely doable and means you will only have to check in one suitcase, rather than two.
ÔÇó Make a list and stick to it. Be ruthless, you probably wonÔÇÖt need half of your wardrobe if youÔÇÖre savvy about your outfit choices!
ÔÇó Stick to a colour scheme, so that you can mix and match the items that you take, and reduce the number of chunkier items such as shoes to the ones that go with all the outfits.
ÔÇó Opt for clothing that can double up as daytime and eveningwear. Take a look at the George dresses for example, and pack a few accessories so that the day dresses you take can also be glammed up for the evenings.
ÔÇó Think about what you use at home. Chances are, if you donÔÇÖt use it at home, you wonÔÇÖt use it abroad, so donÔÇÖt bother taking it!
ÔÇó Consider buying items there. If youÔÇÖre a bit of a shopaholic, chances are youÔÇÖll pick up a few bits when youÔÇÖre in the resort, so you donÔÇÖt have to worry about overpacking.
ÔÇó Take miniature toiletries. Do you really need a full-size tube of toothpaste, or your clunky hairdryer? Probably not. Check whether the hotel youÔÇÖre staying in has a hairdryer in the room already, and use travel-size toiletries to save on space.
ÔÇó If youÔÇÖre going away for a while, and you know you will have access to a vacuum cleaner when youÔÇÖre there, you could use vacuum packs so that the clothes you take occupy very little space. Obviously, this wouldnÔÇÖt be very helpful if you canÔÇÖt access a vacuum cleaner for the return journey!
ÔÇó Rolling up your items can take up less space than otherwise, depending on the clothes you are taking.
ÔÇó Take laundry detergent (or better still, buy some there!) and hand wash your clothes rather than taking too many outfits. If youÔÇÖre travelling to a hot climate, they will dry in no time and thereÔÇÖs no reason why you canÔÇÖt re-use items rather than wearing something completely different seven days in a row.
ÔÇó Think about what youÔÇÖre going to be doing with your time. If your plans revolve around lazy days on the beach, youÔÇÖre not going to need daytime outfits for every single day and, luckily, swimwear takes up very little space!
Travelling light doesnÔÇÖt mean leaving essential bits and pieces at home; it just requires a little extra thought. If youÔÇÖre super-savvy, youÔÇÖd be able to get it all into your carry-on luggage ÔÇô one step at a time though, eh! For even more packing tips check out the Queen of packing Style at Every Age blog.