As we head into the festive season, many of us are preparing for holidays or trips home to see our loved ones. If you’re anything like me, you find that the worst part of travelling is packing (and unpacking)! Getting it right is an art form; a skill that is acquired over many many trips, on which you can hone the art of packing light. Thankfully, as a well seasoned traveller, I am here to help you out so that you don’t have to make the mistakes (and pay the excess baggage fees!) of my past …
- Mix and Match
Choose separates that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. Staples such as jeans, denim shorts, a neutral coloured button up shirt and plain tops and t-shirts are great because they can be teamed up in a number of ways to create a wide range of outfits.
2. Plan Ahead
Aim to pack two outfits for each day you are away – one for the daytime and one for night. A week or two before you depart lay the outfits out on the floor (along with coordinating accessories and shoes), one at a time, and snap a pic using your smartphone. This serves two purposes: one is that you will know exactly what you need, and won’t overpack. The second is that you will have a ‘visual list’ of sorts so that you can easily pack your suitcase without leaving anything behind.
3. Layer Up
Choose items that can be easily packed and layered up in the event of inclement weather. Even if you’re heading off on an island getaway, you may get chilly inside air-conditioned venues and require a cardigan. Light knits, breezy dresses and a pair of tights will do the trick.
4. Accessorise to Maximise
Pack a range of accessories that can take your basics from zero to hero. A plain shirt and jeans can be jazzed up with the addition of a statement necklace, some big earrings and a great belt. Accessories don’t take up too much room, so you’re better off packing more accessories and less clothes.
5. Air Your Dirty Laundry
Literally, not figuratively! If you know you will be staying somewhere that has laundry facilities, make the most of these. Pack the bare minimum and wash and dry your mix and match separates for maximum wear.
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