Travel bookings have spiked and more people are traveling again! We thought it would be a great time to share some travel hacks that will help you pack lighter and still have everything you need! I’ll admit that I used to be a chronic over-packer but no more! After a few times carrying too much and struggling on public transportation and having to figure out what to wear each day, I have streamlined my packing. I’ve found it’s much less stressful to take less, but to pack the right things! Here are five tips to help you pack smarter not more for your next trip:
1 - Always pack a scarf! Large scarves can serve multiple purposes. You can use them as a blanket on the plane, a cover-up on the beach, a wrap on cold evenings and of course as a splash of color with your outfit!
2 - Pack fabrics that won’t wrinkle in your luggage. But, just in case, pack an empty spray bottle and a dryer sheet. When you get to your destination, add water and the dryer sheet to the bottle and use it to spray the wrinkles away!
3 - Choose a color palette for your trip. Find your favorite item you want to wear, choose two items to match it and that is your color palette. Only pack items that match that color palette. This will reduce how much you have to pack from shoes to jackets and actually increase how many different outfits you can put together!
4 - Are you going to be really busy or are you traveling to another country? Pack some protein bars in case you don’t have time to grab food, or there isn’t somewhere you feel comfortable eating. I love trying new foods in other countries but because our bodies aren’t used to some of the bacteria, I’m always careful where I eat because I don’t want to spend the rest of my trip in the bathroom. On that same note, pack medication for headaches and stomach troubles just in case. Hopefully being prepared means you will never need it!
5 - Last but not least, make sure you do your research for your destination. You don’t want to pack clothes that would be inappropriate. For example, you need to know if you will be visiting places of worship or countries where it is custom to cover your shoulders and legs. You don’t want to have to buy all new clothes or be unable to visit the top attractions on your list.
Packing can be quick and easy if you know what to expect at your destination. Do your research and make packing fun! Don’t overpack because we all know how stressful it can be lugging around big suitcases. Follow our simple tips and you will be able to pack light and have a little room to bring back a souvenir from your trip!