This process is hard for every traveler, especially when given an ultimatum by the airline about an absolute weight maximum for your carry on. Often wanting to pack as much as you can, and before you know it, the weight is over the limit, and half the stuff you need is still on the bed. We know just how frustrating it can be! So, what should you do? We have done some research and have identified a few tricks you can use to beat the airline policy and still have a great trip with everything you need in your bags. In this article, we will give you a few tips for packing light while having all the essentials you need.
The Best Way To Pack Light
You want to have a great vacation without having the trouble of dealing with the pesky issues some airlines are famous for. So, when packing, you may want to consider a few, or all, of the following tips:
- Choose the right bag – We have noticed a lot of the travel bags these days come with a lot of features and accessories, and before you even start packing, a few pounds are already gone. You may want to choose a carry on that has few extra parts (a backpack may be ideal).
- Pack what you need – We know this sounds obvious but most of us tend to pack a few extra items to fill the gap of “just in case”. When choosing to go light, try and focus only on packing what is essential and of vital importance. This packing tip comes in line with having an itinerary as you will be able to plan what you need for each day’s activities. Also, that is why it is essential to have a few “general outfits” that are suitable for all occasions, so instead of packing five different outfits, you can choose one or two. In addition to choosing minimal clothing, you can also pack for a week (even if your trip is longer) and do some laundry at different intervals.
- Ditch the bulk and go for layers – Remember you are going light, and that thick coat in the closet will take up too much space. You may want to pack “layers” instead, so you will have more space for thinner pieces of clothing. Not sure how this works? Grab a t-shirt or blouse and accompany with a light jacket (you can remove the jacket as the weather permits).
- Wear the bulky items – If you know it will be chilly where you are going, you can beat the system by wearing your bulky jacket and boots instead of packing them. Also, you can do the same even if the weather seems fair for light wear (but expected to change throughout your trip). Airlines cannot force you to take it off and pack it!
- Choose the right fabric – Wool and synthetic fabric work well for almost all weather compared to cotton, which is less suited for travel. Packing this way will help to reduce the amount of clothing you take as you will maximize on the “one fabric for all weather conditions” principle.
There are so many ways you can go around the tricks of airlines who are waiting to drop some hefty baggage fees on you. When you plan your next trip, don’t make packing as hard as it used to be, and instead become a savvy packer!