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24 thoughts on “Packing Light: 15 Tips From Travel Experts”

  1. I take only three pairs of microfibre undies. Washed with body wash in the shower each night, squeezed really tightly with a towel they are usually able to be worn the next day.

  2. My most versatile piece is a large-ish sarong. I use it as a beach cover-up, dress (around the house), nightie, skirt, scarf, blanket (on plane or somewhere with high A/C). Awesome!

  3. My favourite way to bring cream, coundation and other liguids such as, is using the double container that is meant for contact lences. I fill a difftrent number of them, depending on how long I will be gone. I mark them, and can easily find the one I want. They come in various colors, and even keep bacterias away. Thanks for a great blog!

    1. Thanks Hege! Another great tip, I’ll have to give that one a try. Sounds like the perfect solution for creams :)

  4. After each trip, I review my packing list when I get home and eliminate the items I didn’t use, or only used once or twice. I’ve been able to pack lighter and lighter each time I travel using this method.

    1. Thats a great idea, by the time you travel again you often forget how little you used last time!

  5. My best tip is to take clothes you actually like wearing. There is nothing worse than spending money on expensive “travel” clothes and then getting there and realizing you would have been fine with your normal clothes you feel and look good in.

    1. Thats so true Alexa! I think it’s really important to pack comfortable clothes and a few nicer options. I find packing clothes that you can easily mix and match, that you’re happy to wear most days the best. I think another trap along the same lines is, it’s easy to think just because it’s holiday, you suddenly need a new outfit every single day. But when you think about what you wear normally, we mix and match items, and wear the same outfits more than once.

  6. You can never go wrong with packing half the clothes and twice the money! Layers is also a fantastic idea, and wearing your bulkiest clothing on the plane is a great idea as well. In terms of toiletries, I’m also looking into dry shampoo and shampoo bars from lush since they are small, convenient, and don’t take up a lot of room. There’s sample sizes of toiletries all the time!

    1. Hi Brooke, Lots of great tips! I was going to try the lush shampoo bars on my travels last year, but wanted to test them out before I went away and left it too late. I’d love to know how you find them if you end up trying them!

    1. Thanks for being a part of it! Loved your tip about starting with a minimalist capsule wardrobe… i’m actually starting to do this myself now :)

  7. My best tip; have one really good pair of jeans, they should be able to be dressed up for a nice dinner out but also able to be dressed down for casual sightseeing.
    Also jeans can last for ages without needing washing.

    1. Georgina I absolutely agree! So many people say jeans are too bulky, but as you said, you can wear them almost anywhere and not worry about washing them. Thanks for the tip :)

  8. i frequently travel to the same places, when I can, I leave clothing there. This works well when I visit my children. Leaves room in my carry on for grandchildren gifts.

    1. Thats a great tip, I know a lot of hotels will keep long term storage items if you are returning and don’t have a place to keep it yourself. I always like to leave room for my niece’s gifts too :)

  9. Oh my god I am so struggling with this at the moment! Thanks for the tips. Hopefully it can inpire me to really be ruthless next time I pack up!

    1. haha hope it helps! I think once you pack light you realise how little you actually need, so do it once and it’s easy to do it again and again :)

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