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Tips for Packing Light

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Travel Tips For Packing Light

Before you start packing, take a glance at these five quick and easy tips for packing light that I always live by.

As an international traveler as well as a backpacker, I can show you how to pack everything you need for a comfortable trip. I definitely consider myself a pro at fitting as much as possible into my luggage. It’s not that difficult to do, either! Here’s how.

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Make a List Beforehand

Packing as little as possible starts with forethought. Before reading any of the below tips for packing light, you should first make some “must-have” item lists. Start with the most important items that you will use. They usually come to mind naturally and quickly. 

Think through your daily at-home routine to identify essentials. For example, all the items you use starting from when you get out of bed through when you leave your home.

making list before packing

Next, imagine yourself enjoying various activities while you’re traveling. These will naturally differ depending on the destination.

For example, imagine yourself skiing or enjoying the beach, heading from the plane to the office, or packing up your backpack for a bus to your next destination. Write down what comes to mind.

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Creating a list before you start packing will help you distinguish what you truly need versus the impulse “might use” items.

Use Refillable Containers

Refillable travel-size bottles for toiletry bag items is one of the easiest tips for packing light. You can squeeze your favorite shampoo or shaving cream into them, bringing along just the amount you’ll need for your trip.

Not only are these bottles travel size, but they are a flexible rubber material, so 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. You can even get wide-top travel containers for things like makeup or hair gel.

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Since we all have to fold our clothes into our suitcases, which always ends up wrinkling them, I always keep my travel-size Tom & Sheri’s wrinkle releaser spray handy. Especially off you don’t have an iron handy or you just dont like ironing, it’s such an easy option.

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

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Bring Lightweight Fragrance Testers Instead

One of my favorite tips for packing light is to use fragrance tester bottles instead of packing the original bottle. Drop by your local 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.

cologne testers

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. 

To Pack Light, Don’t Over-Organize

Many times, we have individual little 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 for packing light without these space-hogging cases.

mesh bags to pack light

Carry larger non-breakable items loose. I recommend you avoid bringing along their protective casings since these can eat up a ton of space. 

I put all my small to medium size miscellaneous items into mesh zippable bags. These are more flexible and your items will fit much more nicely into your luggage.

Utilize flexible pouches for all clothing as well as cords an other small accessories that need to be kept together. Again, flexibility is most important for being able to easily fit groups of items inside your largest bag.

A nylon mesh drawstring pouch is also extremely helpful to keep socks and underwear together. A material like nylon is better since it won’t harbor any smells and dries easily.

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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 of medicine or supplements that could be questioned.

You Can Always Buy Things Later

Most importantly, make sure you bring major essentials that you can’t simply replace once you leave.

Put a sticky note on your door for these items, like your prescription glasses, your laptop and things like this. The most commonly forgot items are the ones you use right up until you leave!

buy forgotten items

For the rest of your stuff, remember that you can always buy extra products during your trip. Things like shampoo, toothpaste, and perhaps clothing or shoes are easily replaceable while traveling.

I recommend always keeping a level head and preempting any freak-outs if you do by chance forget something on your list.

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Voilà, you’re now ready to pack like a pro! I hope you find wolfyy’s tips for packing light useful. They’ve always worked for me!

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