Packing Light for a Short Trip

It is the end of summer. Are you getting ready to go on a short adventure away from home? It’s safe to say, it doesn’t get much more exciting than jet-setting off to a new destination, even if it’s only for a little while. However, packing for your trip can be very annoying!

Well, take some time to think about how to pack your luggage. Trust me, every thoughtful idea you have on packing will eventually pay you off. You really don’t have to panic! These tips are going to teach you how to pack light for a short trip that will make your trip as stress-free as possible. You’ll leave on your next adventure confidently knowing that you have all the essentials with you.

1. Get a Smaller Bag

Let's admit that: whatever size bag you have, you will always find a way to fill it up. A big bag in a trip is stressful. I have traveled to many countries, countless cities around the world. Believe it or not, you will not feel your bag is that heavy at first, but after a long day walking on the street, any little extra weight will be a burden. Choose a smaller bag and think about ways to take fewer stuff.

2. Review the Weather & Your Itinerary for the Trip

The first step in successfully packing your suitcase is always planning according to the weather and your itinerary. What the weather will be like? What will you be doing during the trip, hitting the beach, going to fancy dinners, visiting a night club or attending important business meetings? Those things dictate your outfits!

Before you start scanning the closet for fancy clothes to pack, check the weather for your destination. Then, think about different things you’ll be doing in your trip. Consider the type of clothing you’ll need based on the temperature and environment, and start packing.

3. Bring Less Stuff

Let's admit that. What is the best way to pack light? Pack as little stuff as possible! You don't have to bring 20 pieces of clothes, pack ten pair of shoes for one week. It is tempting to take your closet with you. But trust me, you will not wear most of them and it will only cause you headache. If you are not a super fan of photography, leave your tripod at home. If you are not a party girl, leave your shining party clothes at home. She who would travel happily must travel light! 

4. Bring Clothes That Perform Double-Duty

You want to pack as few stuff as possible. But you still want to look glamorous and change to a different outfit every day! I know many girls have the same thought just like me. So what does "double-duty" mean? Bring clothes that you can get multiple wears out of, as long as they don’t get dirty while you’re on your trip. If you’re planning to encounter weather that’s just a little chilly, a cozy cardigan could really come in handy. Want to go to a fancy dinner? Bring a pretty simple-style dress. Want to attend a business meeting the next day? Wear a piece of blazer with the same dress. Instead of bringing multiples and taking up precious space in your suitcase, bring one or two options that will go with everything. 

Go for classic designs that you know you’ll get plenty of wear out of. White shirt, Jeans, leggings are all things that can be worn a few times without it being too obvious. Packing is an art, we need some philosophy of simplicity. 

5. Bring Stylish Accessories to Give Your Same Old Outfit a New Look

Girls know what I am talking about. A few pieces of stylish accessories will give outfit a whole new look. Since you’ll be saving space by packing clothing that can be repurposed throughout the trip, bring a few smaller accessories to change things up with each wear. 

For example, if you’re heading out on a beach vacation, a sun hat and sunglasses will be obvious must-haves. You can also bring statement jewelry to dress up any casual look. And if you’re jet-setting off to somewhere cold, a scarf has the power to transform any outfit while keeping you nice and warm too.

6. Limit Your Choices of Footwear

Shoes are bulky, shoes take up a lot of space. It is very tempting to bring all your favorite shoes, but it is not practical. Take lightweight shoes if possible. If you go on a vacation on summer, take a sandal; If you travel in winter, take a loafer with you. Wear heavier shoes like boots on the plane. Additionally, let's review the second tip, think about what the weather will be like, what you will do during the trip. Pack the shoes you will most likely to wear on your trip. If it will be rainy in your destination, bringing a pair of rain boots will make you stress-free. Don't forget to also match the colors of your shoes with the colors of the outfits you will bring.

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Wearing a pair of high-heal sounds very tempting for some girls. But if you need to walk for a whole day, it may not be a good choice. Flats, sneakers, or boots are all great options depending on the weather and walking conditions (i.e. hilly vs flat). 

7. Try Packing Cubes or Garment Folders to Keep Organized

Packing cubes or garment folders help you to keep your stuff organized. Put the same type of clothes into one packing cube. In this way, you only need to take out the packing cube each time without messing up your whole stuff inside a suitcase. You don't have to worry that you will mess up the whole suitcase just to get one-day outfit. 

8. Place Essential Items Inside Your Carry-On to Avoid Mishaps

The last thing anyone wants to deal with when traveling is delayed or missing luggage. If you are unlucky enough to have your driver's license inside your checked luggage, it would surely ruin your trip. So, the best thing you can do is put any essentials or valuables inside your carry-on. Put everything you need to use often in front pocket of a carry-on. The same goes for valuables like cameras or laptop. Keeping it nearby gives you peace of mind.

9. Use Travel-size Toiletries

Use travel-size toiletries to fill items such as shampoo, conditioner and suntan lotion. You don't need full-size products for a short trip. It will save you a lot of space for packing. Remember to buy good quality ones. You don't want to see your shampoo leakage when you open your luggage. When you purchase beauty products like toner, cream, very often brands would give their customers travel-size products for free. Save them for your trips later.