Time to get the junk outta the trunk and organize!
It's not only about quantity, but packing lightweight clothes and shoes too! The following tips are for lightweight clothing and shoes that will last AND what you can go without and still have a GREAT time!
When choosing your clothing, take a look at the fabric and consider weight. I never pack jeans anymore - too heavy! There are so many light weight travel pants (or skirts) that are water resistant, easy to dry and lightweight. We love Columbia Travel Clothes. We have bought their lines for years! Light and durable!
Jonathan has worn the "snot" of this shirt! See it Here: TRAVELSHIRT
and here's a pair of great lightweight travel men's pants! TRAVELPANTS
I love Columbia too! Here are my favorites! Wm'sTravelPant
2. Don’t fret the wrinkles, I mean, really who cares? Will you be judged for a wrinkle - I doubt it. Choose wrinkle resistant fabric such as Polyester/cotton blends, Rayon, Lycra, Nylon and Spandex.
3. Do your clothes stink? If I am heading out for 14+ days, I still pack for 7 days. I mix and match clothes and if its a casual day, I will wear the outer garments again. I also mix and match clothes. Bring some fun colors or neutrals that can be worn with any pant or shirt.
Okay, if they stink, wash them, which is another reason I consider the fabric. I plan two days ahead so they have enough drying time. I pack a small amount of concentrated detergent, and this clothesline-see it HERE
4. The toiletry debate: Some travelers like to forego bringing shampoo, soap, etc. all together to keep the packs light and purchase these items upon arrival. I think that is a grand idea unless you are arriving in the middle of the night or your destination is in the jungle.
I personally take a half bar of soap, small body sponge (you can get at the dollar store), small double plastic wrapped bottles of shampoo etc. I don’t like to take the time to shop in a drug store unless I have to, but if you decide otherwise, check out a dollar store/euro store or the equivalent for the area, just ask a local!
5. Use your shoes for storage. Perfect place for rolled up socks or small breakables. I take 2 pairs of shoes max in my pack and of course I am generally wearing the heaviest shoe on the plane. Even if you need a water shoe, you can usually wear these shoes as a walk about shoe (We both LOVE Keens). Light; Long lasting and Durable! Here are mine: MyKeens
Jonathan's Keen's Jon'sKeens
6. Carry on your heaviest items (like a must have coat), store above you, or use as a pillow.
7. Light weight snacks- ALWAYS! I swear, I am ALWAYS hungry, really doesn’t matter if I am traveling or not, but we have been in few situations where we just didn’t have time to eat. We carry two packets of easy open "To go” tuna packets and compact or fold-up plastic utensil set– great for leftovers too!
8. Pack the Cubes! We love packing cubes-now, at first, I was like, "What the hell", I don't need more stuff! Then, OMG, compacting is the name of the game! These are incredible and you can see them below too! CubeIt!
Travel Light. Live Light. Spread The Light. Be The Light.
We would love to know your tricks and tips for packing light! Please comment below!