The Art of Packing Light

The Art of Packing Light

It’s been said that there are 2 kinds of luggage: carry-on and lost. In a world of strict TSA restrictions and luggage fees, traveling light is both convenient and economical. The task of packing everything you could possibly need for a trip into a 22-inch suitcase can be daunting, but with a little thought and planning it can easily be done. Before you know it, your days of baggage claims will be behind you, and you’ll be breezing through the airport with just a lightweight carry-on in tow. Here are a few tips to help you get started packing light!

Making the Most of Your Carry-On

  • Typically on flights, each passenger is allowed one 22-inch carry-on and one “personal item,” like a backpack, briefcase, or purse. This varies by airline, so be sure to check your carrier’s regulations.
  • Follow the “3-1-1″ rule with liquids.  Every passenger is allowed a transparent 1-quart bag for liquids; each liquid must be in a 3-ounce or smaller container. Look for products like laundry soap, shaving cream, or shampoo in solid form. This will allow you to have more room in your 3-1-1 bag. Travel-sized products are major space savers, and pretty darn cute, too.

Planning Your Wardrobe

  • Choose a color scheme when picking out your travel clothes, which will make it easier to mix and match garments and accessories. Pack basic, multi-functional pieces. This will make it easy to create multiple outfit combinations as well as provide layers. You never know what the weather may do at your destination, so easy light layers are a great way to be prepared.
  • Look for fabrics that dry quickly and don’t wrinkle. It’s easier to care for clothes that don’t wrinkle, and quick-dry fabrics are great if you have to hand wash your clothes in a pinch. Go for synthetic fabrics like spandex and nylon, or natural fabrics like merino wool and bamboo.
  • If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, you may have to break down and do some laundry. If you’re planning on staying in a vacation rental, choose a home that offers laundry facilities.
  • Invest in some versatile, comfortable walking shoes. Shoes are heavy, so the less you take, the more space you’ll have in your bag.

Packing Your Suitcase

  • Lay everything out before you pack- this will help you ensure that each item you’re taking will serve a useful purpose.
  • Wear your bulkiest, heaviest clothes on the plane to save space in your bag.
  • Take an empty packable duffle. They don’t take up much space when rolled up in your suitcase, and if you buy gifts or souvenirs on vacation you’ll have an easy way to transport them home.

Happy trails, travelers! Next time you find yourself on the road, give these tips a try and let us know what you think. Do you have any packing secrets that are tried and true for you?