One way to save on airfare costs when traveling is by not availing check-in baggage. Or getting the cheapest one with the smallest weight limit if you absolutely have to. So how do you achieve that? You have to pack light, of course!
I know some people are simply not comfortable packing lightly. Somehow they feel the urge to bring their whole closet for those “just in case” moments. I should know – I’ve been there, done that! #guilty 🙈
So here I will show you 5 hacks on how to pack light that you can try when you travel. They work wonders for me ever since I started doing these on recent trips so I’m sharing my secrets. 😉
There are no hard rules on how to pack light. Ultimately you learn these things through years of trial and error experiences. Hopefully, these basic hacks will help you in future travels! Some of these tips can also apply for just about any travel – whether via plane, sea or road trip.
How To Pack Light Every Time You Travel
Don’t pack bulky clothes, wear them
Wear your heaviest shoes and bulky clothes like jackets at check-in. Airplanes are notoriously cold anyway so those will help keep you warm during the flight. Imagine the extra space you can save on your luggage or backpack when you don’t have to pack these bulky items.
Plan your OOTD
Pick a simple color palette and bring clothes around those colors. Go to Pinterest or Google some travel OOTD for inspiration. That way you can avoid the urge to bring your whole closet with you when you travel.
Usually, when I pack my clothes for a trip, I like picking versatile items that I can easily mix and match. I also like taking photos of myself wearing each set of clothes (with all the combinations they can possibly have).
This gives me a visual reference when I’m on the actual trip itself – so I don’t have to do any guesswork anymore on which item pairs best with which. It saves me tons of time when getting ready!
💡 PRO TIP: Bring clothes that you’re super comfortable to wear! Don’t bring clothes and pray they will suddenly fit at all the right places when you wear them at your destination. They won’t. You’ll just waste luggage space in the end.
Pack light clothes and dresses
One of the recent hacks that I do so I can pack light is by bringing dresses. I like the fact that I don’t have to think of matching any top and bottom. You instantly have a complete outfit in just one dress! You can then just layer it with a jacket or scarf to make it look different throughout your trip.
Here are some nice dresses from Kis that you can check out! Kis is a large clothing manufacturer that offers high quality and stylish designs. They ship anywhere in the world!
This pretty chiffon elegant floral dress is perfect for any OOTD shot. It’s also very airy so you don’t have to worry about sweating when you wear this.
Another reason to pack a dress on your trip is for those romantic dinner dates or a fun girls’ night out! Something like this ruffle midi dress should do the trick. It’s feminine and the intricate design is pretty interesting.
Aside from midi and floral dresses, Kis also offers elegant prom dresses, maxi dresses, comfy tops and bottoms, jumpsuits, and more!
Pack one week worth of clothes
If you are traveling for more than a week, you don’t have to pack for the x number of weeks you will be gone. Instead, pack for 1 week worth of clothes. Why? It’s easier to visualize one week of clothes than say a month’s worth!
Also, doing laundry at your point of destination is usually a whole lot cheaper than paying for excess baggage. This will also save you the hassle of carrying heavy luggage (especially if you have to travel alone with no one to help you).
Bring only two pairs of shoes
Pack light and choose only 2 pairs of shoes to bring! Why only two? Most trips usually only need a pair of comfy shoes for all-day walking and another one (usually a pair of nice sandals) for going out or a fun night out.
If you need to pack more than two, wear the heaviest ones to the airport (like boots) and pack the rest. Believe me, you do not need to bring your whole sneaker collection. Stick to those two pairs that you can mix and match perfectly with your clothes.
⬇️ PIN IT FOR LATER! ⬇️
So there you have it! I hope this post is helpful for those wondering how to pack light so you can avoid paying excess baggage. Do you have other tips on how to pack light? Share them on the comments down below! I’d love to learn from other fellow travelers!
💡 PRO TIP: Learn more travel tips in this Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Trip In 8 Easy Steps! I covered the basics of planning a trip and also included the tried and tested websites and apps I normally use to score cheap deals.