Do you ever struggle with packing? Or do you just feel like you want to have less clothing and stuff with? Usually when going for a trip you’ll start to plan it before. What to bring, what to wear etc. But you can’t take the whole wardrobe with, right? Plus, isn’t it just nicer to go without too many things to carry along? I know I’m guilty as charged… I’m usually the one who has the most stuff with me but I have found these tips helpful and easy to keep in mind.
1) Less is more: pack only what you need. I usually go for one small suitcase on short layovers. I pack only things that I need which is basically two different outfits depending on the weather at the destination. I mean, do you really need 6 pairs of shoes for a weekend getaway?
2) Carry small sized travel bottles and amenities. This saves you great deal of space and weight. I usually have small refill bottles which I’ve bought from Japan and they are incredibly handy.
3) Always keep your most important belongings in your purse or small carry-on bag – never in the cargo! This includes you passport, money, travel documents, cameras, laptop, medicine and any extra lithium batteries.
4) Roll your clothes or put them into a vacuum plastic bag. I’ve noticed this to be super helpful. I have one vacuum bag that I fill with clothes and then press the air out. This saves a lot of space, lasts for years and it keeps your clothes straight without wrinkles! How perfect – if you don’t have an iron in hand. Also rolling clothes and placing them side by side works just fine.
5) Cut 1/3 up to a half of everything you just packed. This is important! When you’ve decided what to bring with, cut at least 1/3 of everything. Rethink if that shirt is really necessary and do you really need 3 different skirts?
6) Get a travel scale. This is extremely useful! You don’t have to guess how much your luggage weights and it doesn’t even cost that much or take a lot of space.
Also, did you know that if every passenger would pack 1 kg less each time they travel in a year, it would save approximately 1,2 kg of kerosene used? It’s about 16 flights from New York to Tokyo! So packing less is not only to make your life easier, it’s for the environment and sustainable living also.
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