Minimalist Hacks to Help You Travel Light
Who is ready to take a trip? The problem for most families is packing either not enough or too much. Also the time you will save in packing or unpacking while on your trip will significantly be less. Depending on how you are traveling, having too much stuff can be expensive, and having not enough will leave you buying what you need. In this blog, we are going to give you some tips on how to travel light.
Packing is one of the most tedious things you have to do when going on vacation or going on a business trip. Whatever the case is, you will want to be prepared and not do last-minute packing. Here are some tips for you to use to help with this process.
Write out an itinerary of where you are going. Think of all the places you are going to visit, eat, events, or attractions that you may be visiting. If you are going to have leisure time, think about what you may want to do. Knowing what is planned for your trip will give you a good idea of what type of clothing, accessories or fun things to bring with you without bringing things you don’t need. Guessing on what you may need to pack can overload you and cause you to bring extra baggage.
Make a Packing List
Using a packing list may seem like a silly idea, but in actuality, it will save you in numerous ways. Listing what you need will also save time and money if you forget something.
Downsize Your Luggage
The biggest problem people have is deciding how many pieces of luggage to bring for one person. Now that you have the itinerary written up, you can decide what you definitely need to bring with you. How many pieces of clothing to bring or what accessories you need. It is hard to pack light when you will be gone for an extended vacation, but you can downsize what you need if you plan ahead.
Consider the Types of Luggage
Make sure to use a small lightweight case, one that you can’t fit too much stuff in. If you get a bigger case, it will give you a reason to bring more items than you need.
Use a bag that will open fully up, backpacks and others will have stuff fall to the bottom and you will forget that you. A bag that opens all the way gives you access to everything in it.
Limit Number of Bags
If your traveling by plane, having more than one suitcase can become expensive, so try to get as much as you can in your carry on case. Make sure you check to see what the new guidelines are for your carry on case before putting any liquids or medications in your bag.
The more bags you bring with you, the heavier the load to move around. Try to limit yourself to one or two bags. Try to put all your clothes in one, and you can do this by folding everything up into a roll or squares. Here are some quick tips for how the best way to pack a suitcase and to pack light.
Be Shoe Smart
Shoes are usually the biggest item that you put in your suitcase. We recommend only bringing two pairs of shoes and wearing your bulkiest pair while you travel.
Fold Clothes Properly
Everyone has a different way of folding their clothes to try to get as much as they can in their bag. One of our packing hacks is to roll your clothes instead of folding them, this will save you space in your luggage. When you fold your clothes, they will stack up pretty quick, but rolling your clothes will allow you to squeeze more in.
Try to bring with you neutral color clothing that you can mix and match, this will allow you to minimize the amount of clothing you bring with you. You can bring different accessories with you to help dress up or dress down your wardrobe. Scarves, jewelry, pins, belts will all help make or create a different look and give you more options.
Pack Toiletries Smart
Limit the number of toiletries you bring with you. If you have the extra money, buy some accessories when you get to your destination. This would include shaving cream, razors, sunscreen, and even your toothpaste. If you can’t do this and need to bring yours with you, try to use travel-size versions of your products you want to bring. If you can’t find a smaller version of your product, buy small refillable bottles that you can fill up with your product at home.
Check to see if your hotel has an in-room hairdryer, if not you can invest in compact travel size dryers. The same goes for straighteners and curling irons, they have made them more compact and smaller if you need them.
Feminine hygiene products, try to only bring what you think you need if you have to, or if you can, buy them when you get there. Packing too many or not enough can take up space or leave you hanging.
Do You Need That Towel?
Most hotels and places you go will have towels available for you in the room or by the pool area. It doesn’t mean that you can’t pack one for convenience. Bringing a small compact towel that is absorbent and fast drying is convenient if you are stopping while on the road. Especially if you end up taking a detour to the beach while on the go and not to your hotel or overnight stay.
Don’t Forget Your Medications
If you are traveling by plane, make sure that your medications are in your carry on luggage. If your bags get lost that you check-in, this will eliminate those being lost and you not being able to take them. Make sure they are in the original containers and check with your airline on rules regarding liquid or cool storage medication.
Depending on where you are traveling, you may need to bring the original prescription with you from the doctor to show proof. These notes or copies can sometimes take some time, so make sure you find out what you need before you leave and ask your doctor in advance to have enough time for them to do this for you.
Do Laundry on Your Trip
If you are going to be gone for some time, doing your laundry while on your trip will limit the number of clothes you will need to bring you. Try to pack a small container of laundry detergent with you and some extra quarters. If you want to limit even more of what you pack, skip bringing the detergent and buy some while you are there. Most laundry places will have dispensing machines that you can purchase laundry soap out of to do your laundry.
Bring Everything You Need for Your Electronics
If you are in need of bringing electronics with you, use these little tips to make it more convenient.
- Try to bring a small laptop and not a full-size one
- Use a tablet instead of a laptop
- Bring earbuds instead of full-size headphones
- Pack a portable charger for on the go
Benefits of Packing Light
Traveling with a smaller amount of items will save you in the end, especially when traveling by plane or train. Even in your vehicle, having less to haul make the trip much more enjoyable. There are numerous benefits to packing light.
- Easier to pack up
- Multi-destination trips are easier and quicker to get ready
- Less injury from hauling large luggage
- No excessive baggage fees
- If you travel by plane, carry-on only means no lost luggage
- If staying at a hotel, don’t have to have pay tips to porters to carry luggage
- Traveling by car, more space to spread out
In the end, packing lighter means less hassle, before and after the trip. This does not mean that you have to leave stuff behind that you need, it just means that you don’t take the extra stuff you won’t need. Having less to worry about while traveling makes the trip more enjoyable and not as many headaches.
- Indiana Jo – How to travel light
- The Travel Hack – 12 Travel hacks to travel light
- WikiHow – How to travel light
- GoGreen TravelGreen – Ultimate Guide to Packing Light