My Secrets To Packing Light

 

As an avid traveller myself, the problem of packing is something I have encountered many times over. Everyone knows about packing light. However, how do you actually do that?

My Secrets To Packing Light

 

The Basics

When it comes to clothes, neutrals and darks will become your best friends. They are easy to mix and match and they hide stains well. Embrace layering! Because you will experience various temperatures throughout your trip, layering is essential. However, leave the bulky coats behind. Pack a coat based on your destination’s climate. If you need a winter coat, pack one that is functional yet stylish; it is possible.

Avoid packing items you will only wear once. Be creative with your wardrobe. Remember, you’re packing light, so I suggest limiting your luggage’s weight to 20 pounds. I cannot stress enough how important it is to pack only what you need. And if you find you’ve forgotten something, you will come across plenty of shopping opportunities abroad.

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From shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash, and everything in between, that weight can add up, and before you know it, you have about 10 pounds of liquid in your bag. Therefore, I only packed travel sizes of each essential, and whatever I happened to need more of, I bought once I reach my destination.

Visas, passport, and paperwork make sure you pack all of them properly. Make sure you keep all your travel papers in a secure spot throughout your travels. The best travel tip I ever received is always have two copies of all your paperwork and keep them in different places. This has honestly been a lifesaver for me; if you lose a visa or your passport, you always have a backup.


What I Pack

Currently, I’m planning for a 12-week trip, and here is what I have packed:

Tops & Dresses

  • 3 dresses
  • 3 tees
  • 2 jumpsuit
  • 2 romper
  • 1 lightweight sweater
  • 1 ultralight cardigan.

Bottoms

  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of jeans (jeans can be heavy)
  • 2 pair of yoga pants
  • 3 pairs of running shorts

Shoes

  • 1 pair very comfy sneakers
  • 1 pair of flats (I personally don’t like flip flops)

Outerwear

  • 1 lightweight, slicker

Accessories

  • 1 bikini
  • 1 small cross-body bag for exploring

Makeup

  • Foundation
  • Eyeliner
  • Red lipstick

Toiletries (all travel sized)

  • Conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Chapstick
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes

Travel Documents

  • Visas
  • Passport
  • Train or Plane tickets
  • Proper currency
  • Insurance cards

Extras

  • Adapter
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Laptop (and chargers)
  • Headphones
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Mini first aid kit,
  • 3-5 Ziplock bags (to keep any liquids in)
  • Shoe bags (for when shoes get dirty)
  • Snack bars
  • Water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer

Travelling is so much fun. Going out and seeing the world with your own two eyes. Go explore the unknown and enjoy all the sights. Just don’t let the idea of packing overwhelm you, packing is merely another part of the process.

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