It’s a great way for you to enrich your life with experiences, rather than “possessions”.
Research shows that experience is more important than material possessions for happiness.
Traveling can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be stressful. There are some things that you can control, such as flight delays. However, there are ways to make travel easier and less stressful.
These tips will simplify your travel experience.
I love the idea of packing less to make traveling easier. It’s like having less stuff at home makes your life easier. Bringing less stuff when you travel can make it easier.
You can pack light to save on space, to transport, to carry, pack when you go, to unpack when you return, to worry about, and to take care of when you return.
These 6 tips will simplify your travel experience.
1. Make a plan.
- Pack early
It’s a good idea when packing for a trip to plan and start packing as soon as possible. You’ll end up panicking and cramming things in your suitcase if you wait until the last minute to pack. Either you bring too many things or you forget important items.
You can plan ahead and review what you need before you pack.
- Keep a list of all the essentials you should always have
Overpacking can lead to anxiety connected with whether you will forget something or if you won’t have what you need. A list of all your essentials can be a great way of taking the stress out of packing.
To help me remember everything I need, I use an app on my smartphone to make a packing list. It is also great for remembering important items, such as chargers and medications.
- Prepare for the weather
When you are planning your trip and packing, make sure to check the weather forecast for your destination. While you are there, you can also check the forecast and what is normal for the season. This allows you to choose weather-appropriate clothes you’ll wear and not a lot of other items.
Pack layers and pieces that can be used in a variety of weather conditions if the weather is unpredictable.
- Pack for planned activities
It is important to only bring what you will need for the activities you are participating in. You should be honest with yourself about the things you will do while on vacation.
If you are certain that you won’t be exercising while on vacation, then you don’t have to bring a lot of exercise clothes.
I love the idea of having versatile clothing that can be worn for multiple activities. This is one of my favorite ways to keep luggage light.
A basic dress can be worn to sightseeing and then used for dinner. After washing it of course.
2. Make a mini-capsule outfit for your trip
A capsule wardrobe simplifies life. It allows you to make fewer choices, spend less time dressing up, save money, and make it easier to organize your closet.
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes you love that you can mix and match to make a variety of outfits.
It’s a great idea to create a capsule wardrobe that you can use when packing.
- How to create a capsule wardrobe for travel
Make sure to bring pieces that are easy to match so that you have a variety of outfits. You should bring versatile pieces that can be worn for many occasions, and days.
You should also consider items that can be re-worn easily. You may be able to wear the same pants or shorts twice with different tops.
It is also helpful to plan the entire outfit you will wear the next day on that day. This will help you make sure that each outfit works well and that you have the right items.
- You can pack fewer accessories, but they are versatile
You want to pack versatile clothing and accessories. You don’t need a lot of shoes, purses, or other accessories if you are trying to keep your bag light.
You can pack accessories that are versatile enough to be used with a variety of outfits and activities, so you only need to bring what you really need.
- Only bring your favorite items
It is a good idea to bring only your favorite clothes when you travel. You shouldn’t take things that you don’t wear, but you think you might use them while you’re gone.
Bring the items that you are comfortable wearing, and make sure to look and feel your best. You’ll feel great and you won’t have to worry about packing things you don’t like or are uncomfortable in.
- Do not bring more!
The best way to keep your stuff light is to bring only what you really need.
It is easy to think about what might happen or how you will react. If your goal is to travel light and simple, you can leave behind all the unnecessary items and bring only what you will actually wear and use.
It is helpful to consider the “what-if” scenarios that you are concerned about.
What is the worst thing that could happen if the pants you plan to wear twice get dirty?
Perhaps you could spot clean them in the hotel room. Perhaps you have laundry facilities that allow you to wash the clothes?
There is a simple solution for “what if” situations that don’t involve packing too much.
You might consider doing laundry if you are going on a longer trip. This will allow you to pack fewer clothes since they will be reused.
3. Reduce toiletries
Toiletries and personal hygiene products can be bulky and heavy.
You can pack lighter if you are trying to reduce the number of toiletries and personal care products you bring.
- Only take what you really need
Travel-sized toiletries and personal hygiene products are a great way of packing lighter while traveling.
You can either buy small items for travel or you can make your own.
You can also consider removing certain products from your luggage to reduce weight and minimize the number of products you bring.
Consider if you have any products you don’t use that you could go without while you travel.
You can also pack less if you know what items will be available at your destination.
For example, most hotels provide hairdryers, shampoo, soap, etc. Don’t bring your own if you are certain that these items will be available at your hotel.
4. It is important to pack efficiently
Although these aren’t the best tips for packing less, they can help you pack more in a smaller bag.
- Fold or roll clothes
Folding clothes vertically and folding them in a file is a great way of fitting more items in a small suitcase.
File folding clothes is something I love to do. I can see exactly where they are and don’t have to dig through my bag to find them.
YouTube has many excellent tutorials about how to fold clothes.
- Stay organized
Another great way to pack efficiently is to use packing cubes. They can also help you organize your suitcase.
To store dirty clothes, I like to have a mesh laundry bag. It organizes your suitcase and separates your dirty and clean clothes.
To keep my clothes clean, I like to store any shoes in plastic bags.
- Lightweight luggage is the best choice
Lightweight luggage is a great way to travel light. It was so much easier to carry my suitcase when I switched from a heavy suitcase to a lighter one.
- Wear your largest items
It’s a great way to keep your luggage light, especially when you fly, by not packing heavy or bulky items. Just simply wearing them will create space for the rest of your belongings.
It can be difficult to pack light. Be honest with yourself, and only bring what you will really need. This tip is harder because it requires a shift in mindset that isn’t always easy.
- Is it possible!?
As I said, it is easy to pack too much if you think about all the possible “what if” scenarios that could occur.
To make your travel more enjoyable and easier, pack less.
As I mentioned above, you don’t need to pack extra clothes just in case yours get dirty.
Instead, you should remind yourself that you can spot clean or wash items if necessary.
Instead of packing more clothes in case you don’t like something, pack your favorite clothes.
This will ensure that you are content with what you have and do not need to add any.
- You can almost buy everything you forget
You can usually find it anywhere you are if you forget something while on vacation.
You don’t need to pack everything for every possible scenario. Instead, remember that you can usually run to the store or pharmacy and get what you need, even if you are hiking hundreds of miles away from civilization.
I know that re-buying something you already own can be frustrating, but if your goal is to travel light, it’s important to remember to only pack the essentials. You should also be flexible enough to purchase items you will truly need.
Being realistic with oneself is one of the hardest tips for packing light. This often means reminding yourself to be realistic about what you actually need and what you would like to have.
It might be beneficial to have several shoe options. Do you really need all of them?
It is important to be realistic about how much stuff you really need if your goal is to make your packing lighter.
This is a personal decision for each person and everyone will have their own ideas of what is sufficient.
The key is to keep your focus on your goal of packing less and use that goal as a guide to your decisions about how much you need.
6. Be attentive and improve as you go
It takes some time to learn how to pack light. These tips can be difficult to use. It may take some trial and error before you find the right balance.
When you travel, be mindful of what you bring, what you don’t use, what you are grateful for, and what you could do without.
You’ll learn to only take what you actually use and need when you travel so that you can travel light and more efficiently.
These 6 tips will help you pack light and simplify your travel experience so that you have more fun with less.
What are your top tips and tricks to keep things light? Let me know your favorite tips and tricks to pack light!