I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been in the position of having packed a bit too much on a previous trip. Whether it’s backup shoes or an extra iPad, even with our best efforts, sometimes avoiding overpacking is a hard thing to do.
Packing a suitcase is somewhat of a tricky mixture of artistry and science, but trust us it’s one totally worth mastering! So if you’d love to learn to pack less but have no idea how to pair down your options, let this be your guide to getting started.
Simply read ahead to find out my five essential packing tips.
5 Tips To Break Your Overpacking Habit
#1 Write Out Your Packing List
This common-sense tip is also the most frequently skipped. But writing out a list helps you to organize exactly what you’re going to wear each day and to select versatile items that you can wear two to three times.
By writing everything you pack down, you’re focused on the things you need, not the things you ‘may’ need. And, if you keep that packing list with you, you know exactly what’s in your suitcase, which does come in handy in the super unlikely (knock on wood) event that your bags get lost and you have to file an insurance claim!
#2: Only Bring The Shoes You Need
Do you really need more than one pair of heels or sandals? The answer is probably no. Which is why I recommend selecting your shoes before your outfits – a gold pump is perfect for a rehearsal dinner but all wrong for a conference.
Shoes can take up the most room in your suitcase, so try limiting them to three and planning your outfits around them. Or try opting for a pair of wear-with-anything flats such as Birkenstocks or greek sandals that will work with everything.
#3: Tote-ally Essential
Your personal item (tote or backpack) can either maximize your luggage or literally weigh you down with things you’ll never need. Whatever you pack should be what you absolutely NEED: such as your laptop for work, reading material or notebooks.
But, do you really need to bring two pairs of headphones or three books? Are you actually going to watch anything on your tablet or will your computer suffice?
When you pack only the bare essentials, you’ll have extra room to pack the things you may actually need, like additional makeup or a first aid kit. Also make sure to choose your carry-on bag by what kind of holiday your going on.
Trekking up some mountains? You may want to choose a backpack rather than that roomy straw tote you picked up in Bali.
#4: Roll up, roll up.
This is essential. Roll your clothes up. You’ll fit far more stuff in your little suitcase if it’s rolled up.
Roll up pants and put them in your shoes, roll up socks and stuff them down the side. Roll up breakables in your t-shirts and tie belts around your bulkier items (hoodies, hello) to make them even smaller.
It’s your version of vacuum packing.
#5: Pack Your Jewelry In Pill Boxes
Never misplace an earring or tangle up a necklace with your bracelets ever again. Buy an inexpensive pill box or vitamin organizer and store your jewelry in each of the individual compartments.
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