Ever wondered “Did I over pack?” Better yet, get back from your trip and realize that you didn’t wear half of what you took with you. Here are a few tricks that will help you keep the packing to minimum, while leaving room in your bag for all those souvenirs you plan to bring back.
- Plan your trip.-sounds basic, but so important. If you don’t have any idea what you will be doing you have no idea what to pack and therefore tend to pack a casual and a dressy outfit for each day. Not cool.
- Plan all your outfits in advance. The trick is laying all of your outfits out by day. This will help eliminate repeats. (ie, You don’t need 3 pair of jeans).
- Pack things that you like to wear. I know what you’re thinking “But I want something new!” Here’s the thing, until you have worn something once, you don’t know if it’s going to be comfortable. Maybe the item makes you too hot or isn’t as warm as you thought. By using outfits you already have, you know what you are getting and are more likely to wear an item than just leaving it in the suitcase “for later”. Besides, you can always get something new at your travel destination. This will make for a useful souvenir. Every time you wear that skirt/shirt/dress, you will remember what a great time you had! Much better than that shot glass you will only use once.
- Pack only 3 pairs of shoes- WHAT! Yep, 3 pairs. One you wear to travel, one for dressy occasions and a pair of neutral sandals or comfortable boots depending on the weather. Throw a pair of flip flops in your travel tote just in case and you are good to go.
- Last but not least, Stick to a max items list- Huh? I like to use the 5,4,3,2,1 plan. Here’s two takes on this plan. For traveling to colder destinations, change either an accessory ( see example option 1) or the swimsuit (option 2) to a coat.
By Ninnette M. Aquino