“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.” – Vicki Robin, American writer and advocate of “simple living”.
Isn’t that the case for most travelers like us too? No matter how long or short our trip is, no matter how clear or unclear our itinerary seems, we’ll always feel like something’s amiss.
I’ve got to pack more! Bring a bigger suitcase! Or carry an extra one!
If that sounds familiar to you, here’s our guide to traveling light.
Hot and cold
Are you guilty of not checking the climate of your destination before packing? It’s important to check on the weather conditions so that you’d know what to expect, and what type of clothes to bring with you. If it’s going to be warm, don’t bring a heavy jacket “just in case” – just pack a light layer or scarf.
Bring proper shoes
Two pairs of shoes should be just enough even for the longest of trips – one you wear and one you pack. In case one pair gets wet, you’ll be grateful that you have another! Flip-flops are a freebie given how light and compact they are.
Plan your wardrobe well. If everything matches with everything else, you’re good to go. And no, it doesn’t have to be your most boring clothes. Think simple and minimalistic. You can always limit yourself to one or two pairs of bottoms that you can match with all your tops.
Do I really need this?
Constantly ask yourself this question as you pack. We’ll all be in serious trouble if we play the ‘what if’ game while packing. If you’re on the fence about an item, you can probably buy or borrow it!
Of course, it’s always easier said than done. Practice, practice, practice. You’ll get the hang of it. And after each trip, make note of what you didn’t end up using or wearing.
Once you become a pro packer, don’t forget to thank us! Happy packing.