Staying organized when you’re packing your suitcase can be difficult, but if you follow these five tips to pack light when traveling, it’ll be so much easier! As soon as you start overpacking, the weight of your suitcase alone can become unbearable to carry around, making it more than just an inconvenience. To keep yourself safe and your suitcase as light as possible, make sure you keep these five tips to pack light when traveling in mind before packing your bag.
Pack your clothing vertically
If you fold your clothing vertically instead of horizontally, you can fit more in your suitcase. This is because clothes folded vertically take up less space than clothes folded horizontally. Plus, it’s easier to access items at a glance so you won’t have to dig through piles of clothing every time you need something. What’s more, there are specific ways to fold particular items so that they take up even less space—all it takes is a little time and effort! Some people recommend rolling shirts, but if you’re not used to folding your clothing that way then vertical folding might be more intuitive for you. So start packing light by packing vertically!
Pack mostly neutral colors
Packing a lot of dark colors in your suitcase may not be fun when you’re trying to mix and match outfits, but neutral-colored clothing can be a lifesaver. While mixing and matching multiple colors is fun, it doesn’t always go as planned, especially when you have limited clothes. Since neutrals don’t clash with other items in your wardrobe, they’re great for packing light. Plus, if you bring more neutral colors than bright or patterned pieces, your trip will seem longer since it will take less time to put together outfits.
Roll not fold your clothes
Rolling your clothes is a super-space-saving technique. Not only does it save space, but it also helps distribute clothes evenly throughout your bag so that everything isn’t just crammed into one corner. It makes packing easier and ensures that you have more room in your suitcase for souvenirs. Roll small items like socks, underwear, belts (LT belts are especially super easy to roll) —not just shirts or pants. Rolling saves you tons of space over folding bulky garments like jeans or sweaters which can take up two to three times as much space if folded versus rolled. When rolling garments make sure to roll them tightly with no air in between layers. Storing clothing flat will make wrinkling an issue later on during travel.
Pack light but think heavy
If you’re traveling light, you’ll want to focus on versatile clothes. For example, instead of taking a bunch of different tops, bring one or two that can be dressed up or down. This way, if your plans change at the last minute, your wardrobe won’t be completely thrown off track. And while it might seem like common sense, packing shoes in shoe bags can help prevent getting dirt and grime all over everything else in your suitcase; it’s also easier to find everything if they’re separated by type. Finally, make sure there’s room for important stuff like toiletries—but don’t pack anything you aren’t actually going to use (it’ll only end up sitting in your hotel bathroom).
Pack once and unpick later if needed
You’ll be amazed at how much extra room you have if you leave half of what you think you need at home. And, packing light has benefits beyond carrying less. You’ll feel less burdened physically and emotionally, making it easier to settle into your new surroundings once you arrive. When possible, pack once and unpick later by only taking one of everything essential—like socks or shirts—and leaving space in your bag for some last-minute shopping.
Packing light is a great way to travel. The less weight you have in your bag, the more easily you can travel around and explore new places. When packing for a trip, don’t forget to put these tips into action.