When I first started traveling, I had the tendency to over-stuff my suitcase with anything I could think of that would be of potential use. Without planning, I thought variety was the best option as it would guarantee I wouldn’t be stuck with an outfit combination that I didn’t like.
Now I try to outline what I’m wearing for each day of the trip, and only bring exactly what I need. This doesn’t always work for extended travels, but the principles still apply. Packing light also allows more flexibility for souvenirs and shopping.
As a summary, these are my tips for packing light:
-Plan all your outfits if possible (this includes all accessories and jewelry). This makes sure that you only pack what’s necessary, and eliminates wasted space.
-Forget about toiletries that aren’t specialty items or needed on the plane. Most destinations have travel size bottles that you can purchase when you arrive.
-Take out your heaviest/bulkiest coat or sweater to wear on the plane. The air conditioning can be brutal, and if you get hot you can always use it as an extra pillow.
-If it’s a group trip, coordinate so that you don’t have to all bring the same thing. Dedicate one person for the hair straightener/curler, one for portable speakers, etc. This way everyone can share the load, and still have everything they need.
There are certainly circumstances where packing light may not be practical, but I think it’s a great habit to cultivate and something to keep in mind when luggage shopping.
Carrying less physical baggage can be very freeing, and opens up your mind to focus more on the experiences and people.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsonite Canada. All opinions are 100% mine.