Holidays in the Sun: Top Tips for Packing Light
More and more travellers are becoming tempted by travelling light nowadays, with airlines charging for luggage by the kilo and baggage restrictions becoming more and more strict. The problem is, when you’re heading abroad for some well-deserved time in the sun, travelling light can be easier said than done. After all, you need enough dresses and outfits to last you and you have to account for daytime and evening activities too; not to mention the toiletries and added extras that you’re reluctant to leave home without!
If you’d like to try and keep the weight of your case down this year though, here are some super tips and advice that can help you.
• If you’re travelling with your other half, try and narrow down your items so that you can both share a suitcase. It’s entirely doable and means you will only have to check in one suitcase, rather than two.
• Make a list and stick to it. Be ruthless, you probably won’t need half of your wardrobe if you’re savvy about your outfit choices!
• Stick to a colour scheme, so that you can mix and match the items that you take, and reduce the number of chunkier items such as shoes to the ones that go with all the outfits.
• Opt for clothing that can double up as daytime and eveningwear. Take a look at the George dresses for example, and pack a few accessories so that the day dresses you take can also be glammed up for the evenings.
• Think about what you use at home. Chances are, if you don’t use it at home, you won’t use it abroad, so don’t bother taking it!
• Consider buying items there. If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, chances are you’ll pick up a few bits when you’re in the resort, so you don’t have to worry about overpacking.
• Take miniature toiletries. Do you really need a full-size tube of toothpaste, or your clunky hairdryer? Probably not. Check whether the hotel you’re staying in has a hairdryer in the room already, and use travel-size toiletries to save on space.
• If you’re going away for a while, and you know you will have access to a vacuum cleaner when you’re there, you could use vacuum packs so that the clothes you take occupy very little space. Obviously, this wouldn’t be very helpful if you can’t access a vacuum cleaner for the return journey!
• Rolling up your items can take up less space than otherwise, depending on the clothes you are taking.
• Take laundry detergent (or better still, buy some there!) and hand wash your clothes rather than taking too many outfits. If you’re travelling to a hot climate, they will dry in no time and there’s no reason why you can’t re-use items rather than wearing something completely different seven days in a row.
• Think about what you’re going to be doing with your time. If your plans revolve around lazy days on the beach, you’re not going to need daytime outfits for every single day and, luckily, swimwear takes up very little space!
Travelling light doesn’t mean leaving essential bits and pieces at home; it just requires a little extra thought. If you’re super-savvy, you’d be able to get it all into your carry-on luggage – one step at a time though, eh! For even more packing tips check out the Queen of packing Style at Every Age blog.