By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published: April 14, 2022 7:20 PM
Avoid The Urge To Overpack
Unfortunately, you can't take your entire closet on your next vacation. I once took a friend to the airport and picked up her suitcase only to discover it was incredibly light. I asked her what she had packed? She replied with one change of clothes and a few toiletries; I like to leave room for shopping. This might be an extreme example of light packing, but it does shine a light on the benefits of packing lite.
Nothing can ruin your vacation faster than roaming around with too much luggage. If you're hauling the load by yourself, consider leaving most of your treasures behind at home. I have suffered this self-inflicted pain myself. It wasn't fun, plus it cost me a pretty penny in overweight and multiple baggage fees. Over the years, I have reduced the number of goods I haul around. Here are a few top tips from Couture Trips.
The Luggage Weight matters when you select your luggage. Try weighing your current suitcase empty; ditch the old bag and go for a newer model if it is pretty heavy. Many modern lightweight suitcases are made from polycarbonate materials or lightweight aluminum shells. Check out the luggage label for the weight and shop for the lightest but most durable shell.
Shoes You can sabotage your efforts by taking too many shoes. The basic rule is three shoes, one comfortable pair for sightseeing, one dress shoe for evening dinners or more formal occasions, and one pair of in-betweens- like ballet flats that you can dress up or down. Leave the rest, resting comfortably in your closet. Remember, you'll have one pair on and the other two safely packed away.
Clothing Use the rule of five's- five shirts, five pairs of trousers, five socks, five sets of underwear. If you plan on attending a more formal event, tuck in a dark-colored dress or suit. If you're heading out during the summer months, you might consider five dresses, five skirts, and five pairs of shorts instead. The key is making sure the items you select are interchangeable. Remember to choose lightweight and breathable fabrics, especially if you travel during the summer months. Packing during the winter months offers more of a challenge due to the weight and bulk of the fabrics. But adhering to the rule of 5's is an excellent place to start; tip for the colder months-wear your heaviest or bulkiest item of clothing. Packing cubes are a great way of keeping your belonging organized and clean. Remember, you won't necessarily want to place your clothing in the drawers of just any hotel furniture. Keeping your clothing in the packing cubes makes packing up and unpacking a cinch when you are on the go.
Toiletries Purchase travel-sized products and transfer your home-based products to smaller travel-sized containers. Take only what you need and leave behind the extra cosmetics. Remember depending on where you are traveling to; you can purchase toiletries at your destination. One of my favorite things on holiday is perusing pharmacies in foreign countries. You might find something new and exciting to take home with you. French pharmacies are notorious for carrying high-quality skincare products.
Carry On's Traveling with a carry-on solves so many problems. Your check-in process will be pretty simple, and you will avoid the lost luggage crisis. Reconnecting with your checked bag won't be in the equation if you have all your belongings in tow. Walk right off your plane and right into your holiday.
Test Time Try living with the rule of 5's, slimmed toiletries, and three pairs of shoes for one week and see how you do if you pass; maybe you are ready to take the next big step, packing with just a carry-on!
Washing Up Yes, you'll need to do a bit of washing if you only have five pairs of underwear and your trip is for 14 days! Most cities have self-service laundry mats, or you can improvise in the hotel room by filling up the sink and doing a bit of a scrub-up. Sink Suds are an excellent travel-friendly product that can help you get the washing done in the hotel sink. Most hotels also provide laundry services if you need to send your clothes out but remember it might take a day or two to receive your clothing back, so plan accordingly.
Take the time to think through ever item you toss into your suitcase. Remember you'll likely regret bringing anything "extra" or something you think you "might need". Chances are you won't need it and you'll regret the added items. Resist the urge to overpack and you'll be on your way to passing the carry-on only challenge.
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