Change How You Pack For Your Trip!
Vacations are a dream, but packing can be a chore am I right? Here are some helpful tips to help you pair down your items for a stress free & light weight trip!
Just admit it! you know that every time your excitement gets the best of you, and you pack ALLLL the cute outfits in your luggage, only to lug half of them back at the end of your trip, still clean and unused.
But you want options right? Of course you do!
There is however a difference between "options" and "over packing! Here are some tips to make sure you pack just the right amount, and maybe even save some space for a little shopping:
Pro Tip #1 : ON A REGULAR DAY. WOULD I USE OR WEAR THIS?
When I’m packing, I find myself daydreaming about how cool and fun the trip is going to be and slipping things into my suitcase that are more in line with the ideal version of myself instead of the real one. For example, instead of remembering to pack my favorite jeans/sneakers/t-shirt combo, I’ll pack a button down I wore once, pants that are hard to move in and the strappy sandals I haven’t completely broken in yet.
Don’t do this! This makes no sense! Travel changes us, but it doesn't completely reverse our habits and inclinations. Same goes for toiletries and other items — if you don’t use six phone chargers regularly, don’t bring them. And why would you pack eye shadow when you haven’t worn it since 2008? Be comfortable and be yourself. Maybe slip in one fancy dress or a pair of slacks you don't usually wear for a nice dinner. But remember to stay true to yourself.
Pro Tip #2 : IF I CARRY THIS EVERY DAY OF THE TRIP WILL I REGRET IT?
Finally, get ahead of the game by asking yourself this question before you’re dragging a boulder-sized suitcase around the bustling metropolis you’ve been dying to get to. If it’s something that you would be willing to toss into the trash in a foreign land instead of carry it with you, it’s not essential. Leave it home.
If you know you would regret packing a rain jacket when you're traveling to sunny Barcelona, leave it at home. But be carefully about leaving behind things you might regret not having too. If there's a chance of cool breezes or rain, spring for that extra sweater.
Pro Tip #3 : AM I GOING TO HAVE TIME TO USE OR WEAR THIS ON MY TRIP?
This is when you have to make the tough decisions. Instead of giving yourself options, think critically about how long you’ll be somewhere and what you’re going to be doing (at least generally). Then pick out what you’re going to wear on each day — write it down if you have to. Pack just those items, and stick with it. Of course you can throw in optional things like a light jacket, or an especially cute dress in case something pops up, but don’t go overboard. You know it doesn’t make sense to pack for a 10-day trip when you’re only going to be gone for four.