Packing for a trip can be difficult. If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re wondering how to pack all of your things into a tiny little carry on suitcase. Let me tell you right now as someone who has never been able to pack just a carry-on until now and ALWAYS overpacks, if I can do this SO CAN YOU!
I was so determined on my recent trip to Italy to only pack a European approved carry on (usually 20″ or smaller, but check with your airline as they might have other rules). It was still winter there, so I packing things that can be layered was a must. Somehow, I managed to keep my luggage at 16 pounds! I was so happy at the airport check-in, the lady gave me a high five for having such a light suitcase! Anyways, here are some of the tips that helped me with my packing the most.
1. Pack a week or more ahead.
Packing early helps you think about what’s in your suitcase. Everyday you can look and think, “Am I really going to wear this?” and “Do I really need this with me?”. Chances are, there’s a lot you won’t be keeping by the time your trip comes around.
2. Packing only what you need.
And remember, when packing for a trip, less is more. For example, I was only going for four days, so I only packed one pair of jeans, one other pair of pants, and a few different top options. One pair of shoes to wear on the plane and one in the suitcase, one cardigan, one sweater, and I wore one coat throughout the whole trip (which I wore on the plane to eliminate some weight.)
3. Roll your items.
This creates more space in your suitcase and you’ll be able to see everything at once! Folded items take up a lot lot of space, especially sweaters. Also, your t-shirts will stay wrinkle free if you roll them carefully. You’ll be surprised how much space you can save with this tip.
4. Airlines have strict rules.
Your liquids are limited to fitting inside a sandwich sized plastic baggie. I used this rule to motivate me to bring the smallest possible size of all cosmetics and facial products. One small baggie went in my backpack and one in the suitcase in order to maximize the amount of products I could bring.
5. Think of how proud you will be!
Packing light is a great achievement if you’re used to stuffing everything into a huge suitcase. nYou’ll love the feeling of walking off the plane straight into the adventure that awaits you when you don’t have to worry about a checked bag. Nothing to lug around and nothing to get lost in transit (a worst-nightmare when traveling abroad). So get packing, you can do this!
I hope at least one of these tips helps you out, I know they helped me a lot when I was packing! Let me know what else you would like to read and where you’re planning on traveling to next in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,
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