Packing light is almost impossible. Especially if you are a lady. It doesn’t matter where you are going, you always have to be well-prepared and not let anything surprise you.
The plethora of unknown scenarios might be laying ahead and these notorious what ifs are the main reason why packing light is almost always a nightmare for any female traveler.
In that name here are 3 simple ways to pack light, even though you are a lady.
1. Prioritizing: Take Only What You Need
We’re starting off with a tricky one. You need to learn that “need” is the key word here.
Prioritizing is never easy, especially if you want to always look like you just came back from a red carpet event.
That perfect red dress and that breathtaking pair of high heel shoes are not really necessary.
Do you really need to bring your favorite fur coat on a skiing trip?
2. Bring Multi-Purpose Items
Yes, there are plenty of 2in1, 3in1, and even 5in1 items on the travel market! Most of these items are designed to give you more bang for your buck and to help you save some of that precious room when trying to pack light.
As Tortuga Backpacks wrote on their blog, something as simple as sarong can easily become:
- a scarf
- a towel
- a hair wrap
- a pillow case
- or even a picnic blanket.
3. More Than Meets The Eye
Wearing more stuff at check-in can be crucial. Sure, you might be a bit warm, but as soon as you get on the plane, you can take off some of the layers and relax.
Here’s what you can do:
- Wear 2 or even 3 shirts at the same time
- Wear your heaviest jeans
- Put on your bulkiest boots or sneakers on
- And of course – leave all the little things for your bag.
This might seem a bit crazy at a first glance, but it can save you some serious money on baggage fees, AND you can bring more clothes than your bag allows. Neat!
4. Choose The Right (Not Too Big) Bag
Packing light can be very tricky if you have a bigger bag, as people (especially the ladies) tend to fill ALL the space the bag provides, and they end up with a lot of unnecessary stuff. The best way to avoid this scenario is to – you guessed it – opt for a smaller bag.
By choosing to travel in a carry on sized bag you’ll find yourself packing more efficiently and traveling lighter.
This way you’ll say goodbye to over-packing for good!
5. Think Layers, Not Bulk
If you are traveling during winter, or you will be going across multiple climates, make sure you pack in layers, not bulk.
Packing multiple thin layers of clothing will take up less space than bringing along bulky items like sweaters and coats. It will also offer more flexibility.
“One heavy sweater will eat up so much space in your bag that you’ll never fit everything else you need,” say folks over at Packsmith.
Also read: 7 Useful Tricks To REALLY Travel LIGHT.