Sometimes you should be tricky and cheeky to achieve something, especially in the case of easy packing tricks! Why should you feel like a donkey every time you leave for a new adventure? Traveling should be fun and entertainment supported with a compact, light bag full of useful things. Right, useful things and not with something that may or may not be necessary. These tricks will help you to avoid overpacking and to focus on the most important part, adventure!
1.Trick: A bit of planing never harms packing
It may sound monotone and boring, but planing what you are going to do on your trip and writing it down, will help you to be prepared for all scenarios. No doubt, you can also do it mentally, but visualizing always helps to keep track of the whole situation. Additionally check the weather, this is a crucial factor for your planing.
2. Trick: Be yourself and bring planned outfits
Some of us associate traveling with breaking free, it means we can be different at a new place. There is nothing inadequate about being more open and chatty, but it’s better not to experiment with your outfits. Travelers intention is to always save space and time, it means preplanning and organizing your whole outfit is crucial. Having a trial for the clothes that you are not wearing home and taking random pieces will leave you disappointed.
3. Trick: Keep rolling, rolling, rolling while you are packing
I’ve read about it many times but never thought it would be efficient for packing to roll up your clothes. This is a miracle and it saves space and leaves fewer wrinkles in comparison to folding. But, a more effective way is to combine both the folding and rolling methods, if you are going for a vacation longer than 1 month.
4. Trick: Mini toiletries are essential for your packing list
Travel-sized toiletries can sound like nothing new for you but it’s the best possibility to save space. Furthermore we tend to forget about them, so by the end we just take what we have at home such as big and heavy shampoo bottles. There are two options: Be sure that you need all of these toiletries, if you are staying at a hotel, they might provide you with essential toiletries. The second one is cute separate travel-sized bottles,which you can refill with your own products from home. Voila!
5. Trick: Skip superfluous items
I always ask myself why do people take pajamas with them on short trips or even a 2 weeks vacation if they are going to stay in a hotel anyway? Leave it and let your skin breath again!
6. Trick: Make your travel buddy to your packing buddy
You have a company while you are traveling? So why not to make your company useful and transform it into a win-win situation? Split up the goods like phone charger, other electronic devices, toiletry items, sun creme etc.
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6 thoughts on “6 Proven Easy Packing Tricks to Travel Light”
LOVE THIS! I’ll be going on exchange soon and I’m always looking for ways to minimize my packing yet still maximize my space!
Rolling clothes is seriously a game changer! I also find packing cubes helpful when travelling for more than a few days.
I did a similar list like this about packing just the essentials for a week-long solo trip in Europe! Something I had mentioned in the toiletries category was a hard lotion stick that doubles as a ChapStick and can be a cleanser in a pinch. Stuff like that comes in really handy, especially when it can fit in your coat pocket! When I traveled it was for a week and I had nothing but a backpack and my jacket and got along just fine. I typically don’t bring toiletries though because I can find them wherever I go for pretty cheap and if need be I can just leave them wherever I’m staying. It’s preferable to me to spend a couple of dollars to buy stuff I might need like shampoo or shower gel rather than worry about packing it and taking up space or leaking.
I just spent three weeks in Europe and was so stressed out about luggage – mostly because WHO wants to be lugging a huge suitcase around from city to city? I started out great but came home with way too much wine and turkish delight!
The mini toiletries definitely help and the other thing that saves tons of space is those vacuum bag things; I was always sceptical but used them earlier this year for a different trip and was astounded and how much space they saved.
Oh, and lightweight/microfibre towels if you need to bring them!
Great tips! I agree, rolling is the way to go.
I think planning outfits in advance is best because it keeps you organized and prepared.