Five Tips for Traveling Light

five tips traveling lightWith everyone getting away during the winter to warmer temperatures, beaches and tropical drinks. I wanted to share my tips for traveling light on your next vacation. These can apply to that quick weekend getaway or a month long vacation to Europe. (Sigh, Europe, take me back!)

I try to follow these each time I pack, most of the time I do, sometimes I just can’t part with those five sweaters. One rule though, when traveling to a tropical destination, you cannot have too many swimsuits! Really you can’t!
tips for traveling lightAnd no matter what, stash a pair of undies and another t-shirt in your carry-on. This is just in case your luggage gets lost and you have something to change into the next day. Nothing sucks more than wearing the same clothes two days in a row especially after a long day traveling. Is it just me or do you smell funny after being in an airport and a plan for so long. Not B.O. but like another odor….
downloadNow I’m going to browse travel destinations and dream of a sunny vacation soon!

Five Tips For Traveling Light

1. Mix & Match

We have all been there. Stuffing our suitcase with things we don’t need. Instead, pack wisely and choose versatile pieces that can be mixed, matched, and layered. Say it with me: You only need one pair of jeans, you don’t need 10 pair of shoes and you don’t need five dresses.

2. Pre-Plan Your Trip

Research your hotel. Do they supply hair dryers? Do they provide toiletries? This sort of information can save essential space in your suitcase.

3. Reduce Your Toiletries

I’ve been there, wanting to look on point during my vacation, duh! But seriously resist. Bring a travel kit of your favourite skin care line, use those toiletry travel cases and use samples of makeup. Also consider if you need that face mask or pack extra nail polishes. Remember that you can pick up some toiletries like sunscreen or body wash at your destination. The hotel may have a little shop or there is a local pharmacy.

4. Roll It Up!

Rolling your clothes creates more space, plus it’s another great way to tuck away your accessories like toiletries, chargers and shoes. I also invested in those organizing bags for my underwear, socks and bras. Keeps them all together and easier to find.

5. Wash It

Bring a travel pack of your detergent and wash your clothes in the bathtub or sink. This will help reduce the amount of clothing and underwear you’ll bring on your trip.

What are your tips for packing? Anyone have any tried and true habits?

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  1. January 21, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Thanks for your tips! It’s not easy to travel light, so it’s very useful to me 🙂

  2. January 21, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Great tips! It’s amazing how much room rolling your clothes can save and keep them less wrinkly. I’ve found having a wardrobe with a similar color palette helps you mix and match easily. Happy light traveling 🙂

  3. January 21, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    These are such great tips! It’s amazing what you can do if you just decide to buy toiletries that you need on location and when you make the commitment to washing/wearing clothes more than once!

  4. January 21, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I totally agree about the smell. I just can’t even describe what it is, but I don’t like it. Great tips, I always get makeup samples for my travels so much easier.

  5. January 21, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Love the roll your clothes up tip! I always pack so many (a girl needs choices!). Great tips!

  6. January 21, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Packing light is definitely a struggle. I’m getting better though – thanks for the tips!

  7. January 21, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Great tips. Especially love the brining laundry detergent with you. I’ve had to handwash with bar soap… not fun!

    • January 21, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      i’ve been there. when you are desperate it’s ok.

  8. January 21, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Great travel tips! Before leaving for a trip I’ll do a “test wash” to ensure the clothing I’m bringing and plan to wash in a sink is completely dry after hanging out overnight. Some fabrics retain water longer than others!

  9. January 21, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I am terrible at packing light. Most of these tips have been “taught” to me and I’m getting better, but it is still a struggle. I’ve never thought to bring detergent to wash my clothes, that’s a good one!

    • January 22, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      you can get mini-bottles or satchels of detergent. really good item to bring!

  10. January 21, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    You have to take the puppy! Lol great tips. I never like to check a bag when flying so I had to learn to pack lighter but when it comes to road trips…overpack like crazy

    • January 22, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      right? i feel i pack more because i can and then i don’t use half the stuff.

  11. January 21, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    YES! Traveling light for vacay is the BEST! Makes the airport so much easier.

  12. January 22, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Thanks for the tips! What a cute pup – wouldn’t it be great if we had a Mary Poppins/Hermione Granger bag and could take everything?

    • January 22, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      yes that would be amazing!

  13. January 22, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Nice! I did a post that was similar

  14. January 22, 2016 / 11:18 am

    This is definitely an area I need improvement in. Although I do roll my close and take small toiletries. The mixing and matching thing I suck at. I will remember your carry on tip too!

    • January 22, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      i try to lay everything out that i want to bring and match up like that. it’s easier than having them in the closet.

  15. January 22, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    This is helpful as I will be traveling here in a few weeks and I need to pack EXTRA light.. Its easy for me to pack light when it comes to clothes but makeup and beauty items… that is a whole other story 😛 Thank you for sharing and please send other good tips for traveling. Im hoping to have a busy year of traveling. Fingers crossed!

    • January 22, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      ya me too the makeup, beauty items are my weakness!

  16. January 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Haha it is always such a challenge to pack light…I religiously follow laundry/wash rule if we are traveling for more than a week.
    xx, Kusum |