Packing light and still having plenty to wear is a predicament many of us face before we go away on holiday. Although it can seem like an enormous challenge, a minimalist approach to packing will have you more mobile, comfortable and save you money.
Here are my top tips on packing light for your summer holiday without sacrificing style or comfort:
Establish what you are doing on holiday
Firstly, you need to establish exactly what you are doing on holiday. Are you going to be spending hours drinking cocktails by the pool, or are you the adventurous type that plans on hiking mountains and doing yoga? The kind of activities you do you will impact the type of clothes you need to pack so figure out what you will be doing and write a list of what you’ll need to take.
Check the weather
Secondly, check the weather. Even though you are going on a summer holiday, check the weather to make sure you won’t be expecting rainfall or cooler weather. If it is hot during the day, what about if you go out at night? Will there be a drop in temperature? You will need to make sure you have the right clothes to suit the climate of where you are going.
Get a smaller suitcase
It’s a no brainer! A smaller suitcase will reduce the temptation of packing too much and force you to prioritise. You’ll also save on baggage fees and you can easily throw your suitcase on the back of a tuk-tuk or scooter if you’re spending your summer holiday in Southeast Asia.
Pack for one week
A week is a manageable amount of time and you can easily visualise what clothes you will need. If you are travelling for more than one week, than you will need to do laundry (or wash your clothes in the bathroom sink). I recommend bringing a zip-lock bag to separate out your dirty clothes.
Roll your clothes
For cotton or polyester garments, I recommend you roll your clothes. Rolling saves more space than folding and prevents creasing. Rolled clothes work best when packed into a packing cube, otherwise once you go to take your clothes out the first time, they unroll and create a huge mess.
Pack items that you can mix and match
Mix and match your clothing. If the colours coordinate and the pieces are thin enough for layering, you should be able to come up with lots of different combinations. I generally choose pieces in three matching colours so I can mix and match each piece to create multiple outfits for different days.
A few key accessories like jewellery, a hat or scarf can change the look of an entire outfit.
Take three pairs of shoes only
Limit your shoes to only three pairs: A pair of nice flats to wear out, a pair of thongs (flip-flops if you aren’t Australian) and a comfortable sneaker. Wear the bulkiest pair at the airport (usually the sneakers) to save even more space.
Downsize your make-up bag
Take minimal make-up and bring travel size products if you can. The same goes for your toiletries. Most hotels provide a good quality shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion, so try and use these if you can. Pack make-up remover wipes to replace your eye makeup remover, cleaner and cotton pads.
Convert your hard copy books to a tablet or iPad
Tablets are light, compact and can easily fit in your carry-on luggage. With free reading apps like Amazon Kindle, Aldiko Book Reader and Google Play Books you don’t have to worry about your hard copy books taking up so much space.
Have you got any tips on how to travel light?