Traveling, whether it is for a day or two weeks, takes planning and preparation. I love to travel. I enjoy seeing new places and experiencing new environments. However, when I leave my home I want to be able to take my whole wardrobe because I prefer to be prepared for anything!
It has only taken me 10 years to determine that this method of packing everything for the just in case scenarios has hindered my travel experience. Suitcases that I can barely lift onto trains or even the scale at the airport are a clear indicator that I’ve put too much in that suitcase.
My solution for the best packing and therefore travel experience is...light and luxurious.
It’s really quite simple.
1. Take only items you love. It’s really easy to just grab what you wear all the time - even those torn up jeans you wear while doing laundry and washing dishes. Leave the tattered jeans and take your absolute favorites--the ones that fit perfectly and that give you that extra boost of confidence! This should apply to all of your clothing choices even your undergarments. Traveling can be stressful at times but if you’ve outfitted yourself in your favorite items you’ll be in a comfortable and confident mood to handle all of those challenges.
2. Choose your color scheme. The best way to reduce the number of items you bring is to choose a color scheme and make sure every item fits into that scheme. Taking one or two pairs of pants along with a skirt or pair of shorts that can work with every shirt you bring creates at least double the number of outfit options.
3. Pack on the light side. Less is more. There is no reason to take a shirt for every day. Halve the number of shirts you bring and instead bring scarves and a cardigan that you can mix and match with the shirts. One to two pairs of jeans will get you through at least a week of travel. And don’t forget great jewelry! It is pretty easy to create a different outfit for each day if you bring some variety. Packing less doesn’t mean you limit your options. It may force you to be a bit more creative but just think what amazing fashion choices you could make!
4. Feet first. Shoes, shoes, shoes. Ok. I’ll be honest, these tips to help you pack light are partially so you can take at least three pairs of shoes. That may seem like a lot but it is really the bare minimum. One pair of sandals for pool or beach. One pair of touring/hiking shoes. One pair of fancy shoes, heels or beautiful flats. If you are not going anywhere warm or that has a pool you’ll be enjoying, skip the sandals. In that case I still recommend taking a relaxed shoe that you can wear when you are not walking or hiking miles. This should help your feet recover on your light days. Choose shoes that are comfortable, light weight and that won’t give you blisters. Cute as they might be, the 3lb wedges may not be the best choice for traveling light.
Wearing your best, feeling your best and not having to drag a 60lb suitcase behind you will make your travels much more enjoyable. Using these tips as you prepare for your next adventure will ensure you travel light and luxuriously!