Face it, we all have been serial overpackers in the past. How many times have you gone on vacation and worn more than half of what you packed? Personally, I can count those times on one hand up until I finally cracked the code on how to stop overpacking. Here are five tips that are going to change how you travel, seriously.
Always Check the Weather Before You Leave
Even if you are going to a destination that you have been to before, you really never know what the weather is going to do, and that is something important to know! A few weeks before your trip, start looking at the weather, or add the location to a weather app on your phone. Doing this gives you weeks to figure out what you want to wear, and it helps you make sure that whatever you have packed is going to work with the weather that you are dealt.
Start Using Packing Cubes ASAP
If you have not begun using packing cubes as part of your packing strategy, then you are doing it wrong! Packing cubes are a great way to know what you are packing as well as stay organized during the process! We offer three sets of packing cubes complete with shoe bags and laundry bags. Choose from 6 pieces to 8 pieces to suit your packing needs.
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Stop Taking Large Suitcases on Trips
Something that a lot of people forget is that if you don’t have the room to pack a ton of stuff, you won’t pack it! Next time you pick up a new suitcase, try to get a carry on friendly size. I promise you that everything you need to take will fit into a smaller bag. If you think you may need an extra bag on your return home, then you can pack a collapsible tote bag. The good news about the tote bag is that you can use it as a beach bag, shopping bag, or a carry on!
Plan Your Outfits Ahead of Time
One of the worst mistakes you can make is packing last minute. Not only are you more likely to forget things that you meant to pack, but you also are more likely to overpack. Pick up a rolling rack and use it to build your outfits. This is also a great strategy to see if you can create multiple outfits out of what you have picked out, or if they go together!
Take the Time to Plan Your Trip
Unless you are going on a spontaneous weekend getaway, you have probably planned at least some of your trip. If you are going to a new destination, then create an itinerary so that you get to see everything you want, but also it makes packing so much easier. Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and realizing you don’t have a dress for dinner. It has happened to me too many times to not include this as one of my top tips!