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Tips for Packing Light

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Packing Tips from a Pro

Before you start packing, read these five quick and easy tips for packing light. I consider myself a pro at “fitting as much as possible” into my luggage. Here’s how.

Make a List: The Most Important Tip for Packing Light

Packing light starts with forethought. You should absolutely start by making a couple of lists. The most important items that you will use should come to mind naturally. 

First, go through your normal at-home routine to identify essentials. For example, all the items you use starting from getting out of bed through leaving your home.

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Next, imagine yourself enjoying various activities while on vacation. What items do you have on you? For clothes and gear, imagine yourself on the ski slopes, walking the beach or enjoying a restaurant while the sun sets, for example. Write down what comes to mind. 

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Making a list before you start packing will help you distinguish what you truly need versus the impulse “well I might use this” item. This is my number one tips to make sure I keep my packing light!

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Bring Cologne Testers Instead

For cologne and perfume, drop by a department store or Sephora to get a tester sample of your signature scent. There’s no need to carry large, expensive glass bottles with months worth of cologne inside for a short-term vacation. They could break in transit or be taken away by security if packed in the wrong bag.
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packing light with cologne
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Large bottles of liquid also make your bag much heavier. Save space by carrying a small sample bottle instead. If you run out of time to make it to the store, just pre-spray all your clothes. Make sure to keep the spray far enough away so you don’t stain anything.
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Pack Light with Refillable Containers

Every drug store will sell miniature bottles in to which you can squeeze your favorite shampoo or shaving cream. I personally use the bottles by GoGear. Shop for these containers and a bunch of other travel packing items on the wolfyy Amazon Storefront
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Not only are these bottles travel size, but they are a flexible rubber material. With these, there is no chance of cracking. I have traveled around the world for years without a single leak or accidental opening in this travel bottle. 

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packing light toiletries
Quick tips packing light

If you normally bring your full-size toiletry bottles, this simple tip for packing light has already saved you a ton of space and weight. Especially for shorter trips, it’s quite inefficient to bring large bottles of liquids you only need a small amount of.

Don’t Over-Organize

Yes, this is possible. Many times, we have individual bags or cases for different items like cameras, toiletries, medications or accessories. When you try to put these smaller rigid cases into larger bags, things get bulky. Instead, use the following strategies to de-bulk and pack lighter!
Carry any unbreakable larger items loose and avoid using their protective casings. I carry my Nikon camera snugly in my day bag/carry on instead of a camera case.
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Utilize flexible pouches for cords, small accessories that need to be kept together, and of course clothes. Flexibility is most important for being able to easily fit things inside your largest bag. I use two zippable clothing packing cubes, a drawstring pouch for socks and this neat little pouch (photo: right) for my small cords!
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Empty all medications and vitamins into small resealable plastic bags. This helps them be able to squish around other items and the circular pill containers won’t be bulking up your bag. Take photos of their containers, especially if you have anything of a large quantity that could be questioned.
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Voilà, you’re now ready to attack your travel packing like a pro! If these quick tips for packing light were useful to you, leave a comment below. Let me know what worked for you.
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