One of the best things about summer is the travel, am I right?! I mean, many people travel throughout the year but something about summer travel is somewhat nostalgic of childhood. Summer breaks, no school, and anticipating whatever your family’s trip was that year. But with traveling comes the less fun things like packing. Well at least for me packing is not fun. All that stress about packing the right things, making sure you have enough, probably packing way more than you actually need because “just in case…” Then you have to worry about not having too many bags to pay for or not being over the weight limit and getting ridiculously overcharged. Yikes.
Well I am here to share some tips to help you pack lightly and to avoid some of the stress and anxiety that comes along with packing. Maybe you can fit it all in one suitcase after all! I will also include some super cute vacation-y pieces I’ve found that might be perfect for your trip. So just keep reading to get some tips and tricks for how to be a light packer.
1. Plan Your Outfits
This one is super helpful to prevent you from overpacking. Figure out how many outfits you will need and what kinds of activities you are planning to do so you can plan accordingly. An important piece of advice here is to pack outfits you love so you won’t end up pulling it out on your trip and feeling disappointed and like you don’t actually want to wear that. I suggest even planning your shoes and other accessories as well so it’s all thought up already.
2. Pack Some Rompers and/or Dresses
This is a great way to save space as it only requires one piece for your whole outfit. These can also be so versatile so you can wear them day or night. A cotton romper like that super cute grey one is also a great swimsuit cover that could double as an outfit which saves you some space as well!
3. Wear Items More Than Once
This is especially helpful for bulkier items like jeans, jackets, and shoes. You don’t really need more than 2 pairs of jeans, you can certainly get away with one jacket ( I suggest a leather or denim jacket as they can go with so many things), and try to only bring 3 pairs of shoes. Don’t forget you can also wear a 4th pair on the airplane so aim to wear your bulkiest pair. Now this will vary depending on the destination of your trip but let’s use a tropical place for this example. I would bring one pair of flip flops for the beach and pool, one pair of nicer sandals, one pair of heels or wedges, and then I would wear a pair of slip on’s or sneakers on the plane.
4. Don't Overpack Basics
I don’t know about you, but I tend to way over do it with the basics. No idea why. Maybe because they’re just so easy to toss on? But you don’t need a tank or t-shirt for every day and then some. This goes back to #1 and planning your outfits. You should know what you want to wear each day so pick your favorite basics for a couple of those outfits and that’s it! Don’t do the, “I’ll just toss in these extra 3 in case.” Trust me, that’s my downfall every time.
5. Toiletries and Hair Necessities
It may sound obvious but don’t bring your full sized toiletries when you travel. If there are no travel size available for the brands you love then pick up some of those travel size containers like the two options above to put your products in. It seriously is a huge space saver.
Same goes for makeup. Now you don’t necessarily need to go out and buy travel sizes for all your makeup, although if you travel often the investment might be wise and useful. But the main point for makeup is to only pack what you need. Some people use the same few products every day so that makes the job much easier. For those of you who, like me, might have a slightly larger collection this applies to you. Pick your one favorite of each category (i.e.; foundation, concealer, bronzer etc) and only pack those items. Try not to pick the largest eye shadow palette you own but do bring something with enough versatile colors to do different eye looks. Makeup can take up a ton of space when you over do it! I also recommend picking up a travel makeup case like the one above, it will keep your brushes and makeup safe and organized and it can all fit in one bag.
Lastly, see if your hotel has blow dryers in the room (most do.) Those are huge! They take up a ton of space. Then if you want to bring a curling iron or straightening iron those are much easier to pack.
Those are a few tips and tricks I use to help me pack. I hope you found them useful and that your next packing adventure will be not quite as stressful. Be sure to leave any other great tips you might have in the comments down below!
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