Summertime is here, and what does that mean? Vacation time! Whether it’s visiting family, or going to tour another country, packing is inevitable.
Now, how do you take enough clothes to last you the entire trip, but also not fill up your suitcase with unnecessary items?
1. Make sure you DO YOUR RESEARCH. Know the current weather situation in your destination, and as your trip gets closer, check what the weather will be like the days you are there.
2. RESEARCH THE CULTURE and how residents of the country dress. For example, if it is a tropical country, you’ll less likely be wearing high heels and fancy dresses than if you were going to a country where fashion is emphasized. This will prevent you from packing unnecessary clothing that will take up space in your suitcase and you will not end up wearing.
3. Think about HOW MANY DAYS you will be traveling. Consider about two outfits per day. One should be for the daytime, and one appropriate for the evening. A little black dress usually works for every occasion. Lay out all that you have picked out so that you have a visual overview of what you packed, and what you may have missed.
Unless you’re going to be traveling to a country where the weather changes or are going during the winter season, TRY NOT TO PACK ANYTHING BULKY. Wear the heaviest items on the plane. For example, jeans go with everything but are really heavy. One or two pairs of jeans will take up more room than if you opt for a few pairs of jeggings. Lightweight and trendy, they are an alternative to heavyweight denim.
4. Use PACKING CUBES to arrange your clothing in your suitcase. These mesh cubes allow airflow and also keep your clothing organized. They also prevent wrinkles when you roll up your clothing. There is a large variety to choose from on amazon but here are the ones I prefer. amazon.com/…/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00
5. Choose ONE item from each clothing category. For example, one dress, one skirt, one pair of pants, and three or four tops (if it is a shorter trip) will do. This will give you the opportunity to mix and match.
If you are going on a trip which involves a lot of hiking or other physical activities, pack OLD T-shirts and tank tops that you can then throw away in order to free your suitcase for souvenirs.