Tips for Packing Lightly

Happy Travel Tuesday! One thing I’ve learned in my travels is packing light is essential if you’ll be walking and traveling with your items quiet often during your travels. When I went on a Contiki majority of our stays were one night and a few were two nights. Living out of a suitcase for one night stays meant organization was critical to not leaving anything behind as well as enforced how important packing lightly was. At the time, I wished I packed way lighter.

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Some tips I’ve learned during my travels to packing lighter:

  • Minimize heavy clothing:  Since climates can change, for warmer places, it’s a good idea to bring one warm sweater and pants. Anymore adds excess weight to your baggage.
  • Pack Clothes which layer well: Layering clothing allows you to create more outfits with less items. If you had to you could wear a tank top, long sleeve, t-shirt, and sweater to bundle up in cooler temperatures.

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  • Solid Patterns: Bring more clothing with solid prints and minimize items with patterns. Solid colours are easier to mix and match.
  • Hang clothes while you shower: Many hotel washrooms are small without good air circulation. The steam from your shower will help eliminate creases in your clothing and decrease some ironing work.
  • Layout clothes based on agenda: Start with reviewing your agenda and laying out outfits to match those activities. Consider if you’ll be out all day away from your room, then outfits will have to be versatile. Prepare for two outfits a day (day and night), then sleepwear, exercise gear, and two extra outfits just incase.
  • Utilize travel size items: Dollar stores are one of my favourite places. For a few dollars purchase some small empty travel containers and fill them with toiletry items from home. Depending on how long you are traveling, these can be filled up while you travel.

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  • Bring large ziploc bags: Ziploc bags are a staple in all my travels and incredibly handy to have. I use separate ones for make up, dirty clothes or shoes, snacks, extra food, bag for the ice bucket, and the list could go on for a while. Super light weight and extremely convenient to keep on hand.
  • Book: If you’re into reading bring something to do in your downtime. Disruptions and delays are also bound to happen when your traveling. A good read will help the time pass and keep you stress free!
  • Small Wallet: Bring a tiny wallet which can fit in all your bags. You’ll want to keep your passport locked up with you and protected from theft.

What are some of your packing tips?

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you back tomorrow.
~ L

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