Do you dread packing for a trip and then end up with excess baggage? Most of us ladies only wear 60% of what we pack. Travel packing is about efficiency and learning how to pack faster, smarter and stress free.
Take some time to plan what you want to pack for your trip. Proper organising and folding of clothes are helpful to ensure that you have all the essential items you need and enough space for everything.
How to Pack Like a Pro
- For a leisure trip, pack 80% casual and 20% smart.
- Pack for the right season.
- What is the duration of your trip? You will need two outfits per day if you plan to go out at night. If you can wash your clothes during your visit, then you can pack less.
- Use the x3 principle. Each item must be combined with three other items.
- Mix and match by selecting wardrobe classics in basic or neutral colours, e.g. black, navy or beige. Match them with some colourful or patterned tops and accessories.
- Dresses are a great option as they give you a complete outfit.
- Plan to wear some outfits twice on your trip. You can change the look with accessories and shoes.
- You might find a packing checklist helpful. Check on Pinterest and see which one suits you best.
- Lay out your clothes and accessories on your bed to get a good overview.
- Start with your bottoms. Each bottom has to match with three tops.
- Add your tops.
- Select two or three dresses. A black dress is always a winner.
- Add one casual and one smart jacket.
- Lastly, add shoes and accessories.
- Edit ruthlessly and avoid packing anything that you are not sure about or that doesn’t fit you well.
- Avoid too many printed items and clothing that can crease easily.
- If you are travelling to a cold destination, try to wear all the heavy items on your flight, e.g. a coat and thick jersey to save luggage space and weight.
- Place your beach hat in a hamper to take as onboard luggage.
How to Pack
Ideally, fold your clothes to prevent them from creasing and taking up the least amount of space in your suitcase.
- Place heavier items like pants, jackets and skirts at the bottom.
- Follow with the lighter stuff like tops and dresses.
- Pack underwear in the spaces on the sides. Stack your bras and place them on top next to the cosmetic bag.
- Pack shoes (toe to heel) in clear plastic bags.
- Pack cosmetics in a toiletry bag.
Your overnight bag should include the following items:
- Reading material
- Earphones and neck pillow
- A small travel bag with your essential items, such as a sleep mask, earplugs, moisturiser, wet wipes, etc., which you can keep by your seat during the flight.
- Your valuable jewellery, camera and laptop.
- A set of clothing and underwear just in case your suitcase doesn’t arrive.
” Only choose clothes that make you look awesome.”
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