Most of us will agree that packing is usually the worst part of travel. Not only do you never know what you actually need, but weather can change in the blink of an eye. I have spent years trying to narrow down my packing schedule, and I even still change that for every trip. Since I am currently packing for a week long trip I figured it would be a great time to share some of my top packing tips! These are tips you can use internationally, or domestically. Standard packing tips are always the best advice!
Check the weather!
I cannot stress this enough. This is the one tip that has saved me some many times when it comes to traveling. If you are going to a completely new area, then check the average weather for that time of year. You can only check about a week or so in advance, but this can give you a great idea on what you should be expecting. When we went to Europe two years ago, I packed for a completely different weather than what we actually experienced. Knowing what a certain temperature actually feel like is important! If the weather says an average high of 74, then you probably can skip out on the sun dresses. Humidity also plays a role in the weather. I live in the south, and our humidity is vastly different than what the humidity levels would be in Japan. Not only is this going to make your trip more enjoyable, but it will make packing easier.
Don’t be afraid to pack light.
Anywhere that you are traveling is going to have some sort of laundry service. Most of us are traveling for leisure, and we do not have extravagant events planned. Bring a couple of tops and bottoms, and you can repeat most of what you wear. Obviously undergarments and such will not have as long of a “life” as the rest of your pieces. Even with only three tops or bottoms, you can make up to six different outfits. Bring a couple of tops and bottoms, and you can repeat most of what you wear. Obviously undergarments and such will not have as long of a “life” as the rest of your pieces, so it’s important to pack your most comfortable and reliable pairs. I personally can’t go on any trip without my scarf from Scotland or an external battery! For guys, a pair of these boxer briefs would be the perfect travel companion for any destination. This helps you make sure that all of your clothing will actually go together. I have skipped this step, and had clothing that did not go together once I got to my destination. If you have an issue with planning outfits, try and take some photos to easily remind yourself once you get there. If you are looking for some outfit inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board!
Check out some travel blogs!
If you know that you are going to France in May, try and find something related to that time frame. See what they are wearing, and you can pack according to their wardrobe. This is also a great way to find things that you may not have known of otherwise. I have used various bloggers as inspiration for packing, and that has really changed how I have packed for new places. When I was planning my trip to Japan this year, this tip saved me so much space in my suitcase. I was planning on taking clothes that were more in lines with summer. After reading a ton of blogs, I am glad I did not do that! If you are not much into blogs, then you can also check Instagram geotags, those work just as well! You can find out exactly what people are wearing at the exact time that you are traveling. This is especially helpful if you are traveling with a carry on.
You CAN pack in a carry on!
Trust me, I have done this on trips from my parents house, and all the way to Japan. This is actually the exact suitcase I used, you can find out exact measurements.It is possible! If you know what kind of weather to expect, know what you are going to be doing, and repurpose articles of clothing. This can help you save money while you are traveling, because we all know how expensive a checked bag can be on a flight now. Once you arrive at your destination, it is much easier to travel with the smallest amount of luggage as well. We always utilize public transportation, and it is bad enough that we usually get lost. We do not need to be carrying around huge bags. If you are new to packing light, then give it a trial run. If you are going on a weekend getaway, try to pack as lightly as you can. By only packing what you need, it saves you time and effort. Plus, think of how good you are going to feel! Travel is supposed to be fun, so make it easier!
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