As airline baggage fees continue to increase, more and more travellers are starting to embrace the minimalist approach to packing. While some people practise this to the extent that they no longer bring a suitcase with them, there are better tricks that you can do to pack smarter. With that in mind, we’ve listed down some tips on how you can strategically pack your travel items.
- Use the Right Suitcase
As you think about packing light, you often get caught up in worrying about what you should put in the suitcase that you forget to consider the suitcase itself. Picking a light suitcase is good for two reasons. One, it’s portable, making carrying it during your trip a lot easier. Two, it’ll help you avoid excess airline baggage fees. Bonus points if you can manage to only use a carry-on for your trip.
- List Down the Things You Want to Bring
Aside from choosing the right suitcase, listing down the things that you’re planning to bring will help you identify items that are actually unnecessary. As you create your list, consider the number of days you’ll be gone, as well as whether or not you’ll be able to do some laundry during the trip. Once you’re done with the list, stick with it and avoid tossing in items at the last minute just because you have some “what if’s” in mind.
- Choose Your Clothing Pieces Wisely
The best clothing piece for travel is lightweight, not easily wrinkled and pairs well with other pieces you plan to bring along. If a certain piece doesn’t meet these criteria, then rethink whether or not the piece is really worth hauling in your suitcase. If you’re going to travel somewhere cold, pack lightweight layers like thin sweaters and thermal underwear. Then, wear your bulkiest layers on the plane to save space in your suitcase.
- Compress Your Clothing Pieces
As you place every item in your bag, your goal should be to make it as small as possible. Fold and roll your clothing pieces to make them smaller and save room in your suitcase. Ball up your underwear and socks then shove them into shoes. You might even want to consider using a compression bag for your clothing if you want to further maximize your suitcase space.
- Opt for Multi-tasking Items
As much as possible, aim to pack and bring items that serve more than one purpose. For instance, pack a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner instead of packing separate bottles for each. You can also bring a sarong to use as a towel, a blanket, a sunshade or as a skirt. Be critical about every item you pack and see whether or not you can accomplish the same end goals by carrying less.
Practise these strategies often so you can learn that it’s possible to make do even with lesser items on hand. You might even be surprised to find yourself packing for a multi-week vacation with just a single carry-on suitcase.